Dr. Ronald Linscheid '47

Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Ronald Linscheid's impact on the field of hand and wrist surgery during his career at the Mayo Clinic distinguishes him as the world's foremost authority in this field. Acknowledged as the world's best diagnostician and surgeon of hand problems, Dr. Linscheid has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia as well as the United States educating other doctors.

Dr. Linscheid credits many of his HHS teachers with influencing his life and increasing his interest and appreciation of physics, chemistry, and mathematics. After high school, he majored in physics at Kansas State University and then graduated with honors from the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

After interviewing at the University of Minnesota Hospital, Dr. Linscheid completed his residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where he began his well-known work. Because of his leadership in this field, the May Clinic Division of Hand Surgery became a reality.

Dr. Linscheid is recognized by his colleagues for pioneering the understanding of how ligament deficiencies of the wrist may require people to leave the workforce. His research articles continue to be referenced in medical literature and are presently used to educate today's hand surgeons.

One of his colleagues describes Dr. Linscheid as one of the most approachable, pleasant and congenial physicians he has encountered. Because of his brilliance in the field of orthopedic surgery and compassion for his patients, Dr. Ronald Linscheid has assured a place on the Wall of Honor.