Michael J. Vener, MD

Michael Vener, MD

Michael Vener, MD

Dr. Vener grew up in Arlington, MN. After high school he attended the University of St. Thomas  in St. Paul, MN where he graduated with honors with his BA degree in Biology. He then attended medical school at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine and remained in Minnesota to complete his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery where he researched Post-traumatic Arthritis.

Dr. Vener has been a self-employed surgeon in Watertown, SD since 1995.  He has been actively building a rural orthopaedic practice with areas of interest in shoulder, sports medicine and adult reconstruction. Dr. Vener and his wife have two adult children and his hobbies include hunting, cooking, boating, scuba diving and watching baseball, both local and professional. Dr. Vener is an active board member of the Lake Area Zoological Society.

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Board Certification

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1997
  • Re-certification, 2008, 2018


University (College) of St. Thomas- St. Paul, Minnesota
Major- BA Degree in Biology 1981- 1985
Honors- Graduated Magna Cum Laude

Medical School
University of Minnesota School of Medicine Minneapolis, MN
Doctor of Medicine Degree 1985- 1989

University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic, Minneapolis, MN
Department of Surgery 1989-1990

University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic, Minneapolis, MN
Orthopaedic Surgery 1991-1995

Research Experience

Biomechanics Lab
Project: Post-traumatic Arthritis 1990-1991


Chief Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN
Healthgrades 5 Star Rating (Top 10% Nationwide for THA, TKA and Hip Fracture Repair 2005)
Healthgrades 5 Star Rating (Top 5% Nationwide for THA, TKA and Hip Fracture Repair 2006)


  • DEA – 1990 to present
  • Minnesota – 1990 to present
  • South Dakota – 1995 to present


  • Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons – 1999 to present
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Board Certified ABOS – 1997 to present
  • Minnesota Orthopaedic Society
  • South Dakota Medical Association
  • South Dakota Orthopaedic Society
  • Watertown District Medical Society

Hospital and Academic Affiliations

  • Chippewa County Hospital | Montevideo, MN
  • Johnson Memorial Health Services, Walnut Street, Dawson, MN
  • Ortonville Area Health Services, Ortonville, MN
  • Madison Hospital, 2nd Avenue, Madison, MN
  • Prairie Lakes Healthcare System | Watertown, SD


VanHeest AE, Luger NM, House JH, Vener MJ. Extensor Retinaculum Impingement in the Athlete: A New Diagnosis. The American Journal of Sports Medicine, Volume 35, Number 12, 2126-2130, December 2007.

Vener MJ, Kyle RF. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Orthopaedic Grand
Rounds – Displaced Femoral Neck Fractures. Available on CD-ROM October, 1993.

Thompson RC, Vener MJ, Griffiths HJ, Lewis JL, Oegema TR, Wallace L. Scanning
Electron Microscopic and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Studies of Injuries to the
Patellofemoral Joint After Acute Transarticular Loading. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 75-A(5): 704-13, 1993.

Vener MJ, Thompson RC, Lewis JL, Oegema TR. Subchondral Damage After Acute
Transarticular Loading: An In-Vitro Model of Joint Injury. Journal of Orthopaedic
Research, 1 0(6): 759-65, 1992.


Thompson RC, Vener MJ, Griffiths HJ, Lewis JL, Oegema TR, Wallace L. Subchondral
Damage Following Acute Transarticular Loading: Correlation of MRI, Histologic and
SEM Changes in a Canine Model. Presented at 1993 MOS Annual Meeting – Anaheim, California.

Vener MJ, Thompson RC, Lewis JL, Oegema TR. Subchondral Changes Following
Trans-Articular Load with Intact Articular Cartilage. Presented at Combined Meeting
of the Orthopaedic Research Societies of the USA, Japan, and Canada, October21-23,
1991, – Banff, Canada.

Ogilvie JW, Vener MJ, Bradford OS. Stability Determination of Thoracolumbar
Fractures. Presented at the 1989 Annual Meeting of the Scoliosis Research Society in