David J. Dries, MD

David J. Dries, MD
  • Practicing Specialty: Critical Care Surgery, Surgery
  • Doctor
  • Male

A native of Milwaukee, Dr. Dries entered Purdue University in 1972 and completed his course work there with a Bachelors and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering in 1976. He attended medical school at the University of Chicago and completed postgraduate training as a general surgeon with added qualifications in surgical critical care spending time at Duke University, the University of California at Irvine and Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago.

Dr. Dries joined HealthPartners in 1999 and is Assistant Medical Director for Surgery in HealthPartners Medical Group. At the University of Minnesota, Dr. Dries is the John F. Perry, Jr. Professor of Surgery, Professor of Anesthesiology and Clinical Adjunct Professor of Emergency Medicine. He serves on multiple editorial boards including Shock, Critical Care Medicine, The Journal of Trauma; Injury, Infection and Critical Care and the Year Book of Critical Care Medicine.

Catastrophic illness or injury confronts patients and family members with crucial decisions under difficult conditions. Even simple surgical procedures require careful explanation in these times of rapid technical change and growth in our treatment capabilities. Dr. Dries emphasis communicating care options and implications in a collaborative setting, which may include a variety of medical and nursing specialties. When not addressing the problems of surgery or critical illness, Dr. Dries pursues reading of history, aerobic exercise and the activities of a busy family of six.



  • Medical School: University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine 1980
  • Residency in Surgery: Duke University School of Medicine 1982
  • Residency in Surgery: University of California- Irvine 1987
  • Fellowship in Critical Care Surgery: University of Chicago-Loyola 1988
  • Certification: Am Bd of Surgery
  • Certification: Am Bd of Surgery-Surgical Critical Care