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David E. Karges, DO

  • About
    • Specialties: Orthopedic Medicine/Surgery
    • Board Certified:
      Orthopedic Surgery
    • Gender: Male
    • Languages: English

    What I Do
    I encourage an open conversation with my patients about treatment options and strive for a team approach to managing their complex conditions. It is important that patients not only feel well cared for but also that they understand their unique pathology and expected treatment outcomes.

    My special clinical interests include management of acute trauma and late deformity correction of lower extremity injuries and correction of an acquired deformity to the lower extremity.

    Why I Love My Work
    I worked in a university hospital while in undergraduate school and was lucky to have work opportunities in health care, exposure to patient care, and guidance with career mentoring during this early phase of my life. My mentors in the field of orthopedic surgery helped me realize my passion for helping people achieve a stronger and better place in life.

    I chose to join CentraCare because of their commitments along with the University of Minnesota to elevate an existing standard of orthopedic care in St. Cloud. I am excited to participate in this mission of care in central Minnesota.

    Getting to Know Me
    I am grateful for the opportunity to experience the central Minnesota community that I live in with the people that I serve. Outside of work, I enjoy fly fishing, tennis, skiing, reading, and spending time with my wife and children.

    • College
      University of Washington, Bachelor of Art, Vertebrate Zoology
    • Medical School
      Western University of Health Sciences
    • Residency
      Oakland General- St. John’s Hospital
    • Fellowship
      Trauma, Foot and Ankle
  • Professional Memberships
    American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Orthopedic Trauma Association, AO Trauma Alumni Association, St. Louis Orthopedic Society

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO