Meet Walter Truong, M.D., Orthopedics

Posted On: Mar 11, 2012

Q. What are some of your hobbies outside work?

A. My family comes first but I enjoy playing basketball, volleyball and tennis.  I am also trained in Muay Thai kickboxing and Taekwon-Do and hope find time to practice again in the near future.

Q. Do you have any kids or pets?

A. My son is 21 months old and runs the house.

Q. As a child, which superhero did you admire? If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

A. I always wanted to be Superman, mainly because he was able to fly.  Wind in your face, able to survey the world from above.

Q. What is your favorite book and/or favorite food?

A. Shogun by James Clavell – a fictional novel about a foreigner in Japan during the time of the samurai.  I have read it numerous times. Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls (Goi Cuon).

Q. What was your favorite subject in school?

A. If you don’t count recess, it was Gym class, followed closely by Math.

Q. Who did you admire when you were a kid?

I know a lot of people say this but I truly admired my parents the most because of the hardships and sacrifices that they endured as refugees from Vietnam.

 Q. What do you enjoy most about your job at Gillette?

The patients and families are incredibly grateful and the facilities are unmatched but the best part about working at Gillette is that everyone around me is so committed to taking care of our patients and making this place even better.  Everyone is proud to be a part of this.  Cheesy but true.


Walter Truong, M.D.

St. Paul Campus

Walter Truong, M.D., is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon who specializes in treating children who have scoliosis, cerebral palsy, various hip pathologies or orthopedic trauma. He attended Ohio State University College of Medicine before completing his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He spent his fellowship year at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, where he obtained a certificate from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in pediatric orthopedic surgery. He will continue participating in research through the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Orthopedics and Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare’s James R. Gage Center for Gait and Motion Analysis. He has made a number of professional presentations, and he is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, and he is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. He is fluent in Vietnamese, is married and has a young son. When he is not working or spending time with his family, he can be found either on a basketball court or ski hill.