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David J. Dries, MD

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

A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I entered Purdue University in 1972 and completed my coursework there with a bachelor's and master's degree in electrical engineering in 1976. I attended medical school at the University of Chicago and completed postgraduate training as a general surgeon. Through additional training and work Duke University, the University of California at Irvine, and Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, I added qualifications in surgical critical care.

I joined HealthPartners in 1999 and am Assistant Medical Director for Surgery in HealthPartners Medical Group. At the University of Minnesota, I am the John F. Perry, Jr. Professor of Surgery, Professor of Anesthesiology and Clinical Adjunct Professor of Emergency Medicine. I serve 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 their family members with difficult conditions demanding crucial decisions. Even simple surgical procedures require careful explanation in these times of rapid technical change and growth in our treatment capabilities. I communicate 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, I pursue 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
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