Patricia Drace, MD

Subspecialty:  Hand, Wrist, and Elbow Surgery

Dr. Drace is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand and wrist surgery. Her sub-specialty training and interests include upper extremity sports injuries, hand/wrist/elbow arthritis, and surgery of the hand/wrist/elbow.

  • University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA) – Fellowship training in Hand Surgery
  • University of Arizona Orthopaedic Surgery (Phoenix, AZ) - Residency training in Orthopedic Surgery 
  • Medical College of Wisconsin (Madison, WI) – Medical school training
  • Colorado College (Colorado Springs, CO) - Bachelor of Arts

Career Experience

Dr. Drace joins Sports & Orthopedic Specialists after completing her Hand Surgery Fellowship training at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA including treatment of:
  • Traumatic injuries of the hand, wrist, forearm, and elbow
  • Sports upper extremity injuries
  • Nerve and soft tissue conditions
  • Treatment of upper extremity degenerative and arthritic conditions

Volunteer/Team Physician Experiences:

  • Saturday Free Clinic for the Uninsured – Milwaukee, WI
  • Perry Initiative Volunteer – Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, AZ
  • Perry Initiative Program Director ~ Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, AZ
  • Team Physician – Sunnyslope High School Varsity Football
  • Treatment of UVA and John Marshall University athletes with upper extremity injuries – Charlottesville, VA
  • Has presented research works at national and regional meetings

Professional Organizations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Association for Hand Surgery
  • Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society, Resident Member


Dr. Drace is excited to return to Minnesota after extensive time away for education and training, as she was born and raised in Rochester, MN.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, barre class, travel, and cooking.