Michael Ivanitsky, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Michael Ivanitsky, MD

Meet Dr. Ivanitsky

Driven by his desire to help patients improve their quality of life, Dr. Michael Ivanitsky provides the information people need to understand their procedure and recovery process, prior to surgery.

“The most rewarding part of my job is when I see somebody post-op who is walking comfortably, when before, it caused me pain just to watch them walk with so much agony,” he says. “You look at them and the pain is gone, and they look like themselves again.”

After undergoing knee surgery when he was 12, Dr. Ivanitsky knew he wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon. The doctor who treated him left a lasting impression through his efforts of explaining and reassuring him throughout the process, which sparked an interest that never faded.

“It was a six-month recovery and I couldn’t run for a year—it was a big deal,” he says. “I did that operation on a kid, a 13-year-old girl, and she ran in a track meet two weeks later. Orthotopically, things have changed quite a bit over the years—there’s been a lot of advancement in this field of medicine.”

Talented and experienced, Dr. Ivanitsky specializes in less invasive primary total joint arthroplasty of knee and hip, direct anterior approach total hip arthroplasty, kinematically sound cruciate-substituting and bicruciate-retaining total knee replacement, general orthopedic surgery and trauma, arthroscopy and carpal tunnel release.

Through continuing medical education, he keeps up to date on joint replacement practices and infection prevention and is always working to advance our surgical program for better patient outcomes.

“It’s nice to practice in a rural community because you can spend more time with your patients and get to know them,” he says.

Outside of work, Dr. Ivanitsky is a photographer, and his photos are displayed throughout the hospital. He also loves cooking, archery, coffee-roasting and spending time with his wife and two children.

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Medical Degree
Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota

Undergraduate Degree
Stanford University in Palo Alto, California


Orthopedic Surgery, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota


American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
Fellow, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons