Scott McPherson, MD

For his own personal well-being and the well-being of his patients, Dr. McPherson believes the more active you are, the better you’ll feel.

“If people are passionate about something, it gives them a good mental frame and outlook on life,” Dr. McPherson says. “There’s nothing better than pursuing your passions not just for your physical health but mental health as well.”

Dr. McPherson’s passions include golf, marathon running and, more recently, kayaking. He has run just under 20 marathons and has ran the Boston Marathon 4 times. He also loves to golf and appreciates the challenge of constantly improving his game.

Dr McPherson with his wife Karen


Dr. Scott McPherson is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. His field of expertise is from the fingertips to the elbow. Dr. McPherson completed his undergraduate at the University of Minnesota with a degree in psychology and then went on to medical school also at the University of Minnesota. He did his surgery internship at the Navy Hospital in San Diego and spent a year as the General Medical Officer at Camp Pendleton. Dr. McPherson continued his residency at the Navy Hospital in San Diego and then completed a Hand Surgery Fellowship at UCLA.

He has worked in Guantanomo Bay Cuba, the San Diego Navy Hospital, Tria Orthopedic Center in Minnesota and was the orthopedic consultant for the Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Wild.

Dr. McPherson and his family moved to Sioux Falls in 2012 to be closer to family and to get to a more kinder, gentler pace of living.

His Patients

Dr. McPherson works with a range of patients, from congenital deformities to elderly patients with arthritis type issues. He enjoys the interaction with his patients and loves the psychology of diagnosing the problem and then finding the best treatment plan to get the patient where they want to be.

“I enjoy the challenge of treating each patient individually and getting them back to the best they can be,” Dr. McPherson says.

He has been practicing for over 30 years. As a hand specialist, he believes field specialization is extremely important as it can become pretty intricate in dealing with particular issues of the hand, from carpal tunnel to trigger finger to rheumatoid arthritis issues.

Doing the best for his patients

Dr. McPherson’s passion for giving others his best fuels his interactions with his patients. He wants each patient to receive the best care possible. At CORE Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, each provider has a special niche and expertise so they can move the patient to the surgeon in the group who can do the best job for them. This guarantees each patient receives the best attention possible for their specific injury or need.

Dr. McPherson is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery with a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hand Surgery.

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