J. David Watts, MD

  • Education

  • University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis
  • Residency

  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • Credentials and Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

About Dr. Watts

Dr. Dave Watts is an American Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon. He completed his Bachelor’s in Science from University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. He completed his orthopedic residency at the University of Minnesota Department of Orthopedic Surgery in 2006. He has trained extensively with Dr. Frank Alvine, and he takes a special emphasis on total ankle replacement.

Dr. Watts believes he can help his patients adopt a healthy lifestyle by also modeling health in his own life. Patients with a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries seek his expertise. He helps his patients return to the activities they enjoy by treating their orthopedic problems such as cartilage damage, complex hip and shoulder problems, knee injuries, and sprains.

Dr. Watts also performs minimally invasive surgeries to reduce pain and ensure shorter hospital stays. His minimally invasive approach helps patients quickly recover and return to their normal, healthy lives. He relies on a comprehensive approach of caring for his patients by using the latest diagnostic tools and pain management regimes.



  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
  • Minimally Invasive Joint Replacement
  • General Orthopedics

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