A Special Dedication in the Field of General Surgery.

Patient Testimonials

Dr. Steve is a caring person, a very competent surgeon and an all-around good guy. And, when he is not caring for his patients until the wee hours of the evening, you might find him scoring goals at the Braemar Arena in Edina!
- Jim O.

Joseph J. Pietrafitta, M.D.


Biography/Personal Interests

Dr. Pietrafitta began his career at St. Louis University where he received his medical degree in 1974. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine in 1979 and his surgical residency at the Boston University Group Hospitals in 1981. He finished a fellowship in Surgical Oncology at the same institution in 1983. He was appointed  Instructor in Surgery by Boston University School of Medicine from 1983 - 1990 and Assistant Professor of Surgery from 1990 - 1994. Dr. Pietrafitta relocated to Minneapolis in 1990 and has been in private practice since that time. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is certified by the American Boards of Surgery, Internal Medicine and Laser Surgery.

Dr. Pietrafitta currently practices General Surgery, specializing in gastrointestinal surgery, endoscopy, laparoscopic surgery, and Surgical Oncology. He has authored over 75 abstracts, scientific papers and book chapters. He co-authored a book on laparoscopic abdominal surgery and was instrumental in the education and training of physicians in laparoscopic surgery as well as the use of lasers in general, endoscopic and laparoscopic surgery.

He enjoys traveling, collecting works of art, riding motorcycles, exploring his Italian heritage by learning the language, cooking Italian cuisine, wine making and spending time with his children and grandchildren.


Boston College, Boston, MA 1970
Medical School
St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO 1974


Surgery - Boston University Group Hospitals, Boston, MA 1974-1975
Medicine - Boston City Hospital, Boston, MA  1975-1976


Internal Medicine - Boston City Hospital, Boston, MA  1976-1977  
General Surgery - Boston University Group Hospitals, Boston, MA  1977-1978 
Internal Medicine - University Hospital, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA  1978-1979
General Surgery - Boston University Group Hospitals, Boston, MA 1979-1981

Professional Interests

Professional interests are laparoscopic surgery, gastrointestinal endoscopy, gastrointestinal surgery, surgical management of breast disease, cancer surgery, varicose vein treatment and wound management. 

Professional Memberships

Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity
Fellow of American College of Surgeons
American Medical Association ( AMA)
Association of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (AGE)
Society of American Gastrointestinal Surgeons (SAGES)
American Society of General Surgeons
American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery

Board Certification

American Board of Surgery
American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board of Laser Surgery


Surgical Oncology - Boston University Group Hospitals 1981-1983

Special Achievements and Awards

Graduated cum laude from high school, college and medical school
National Merit Scholarship Qualifier
National Honor Society
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Department of Internal Medicine Award
Dr. Pietrafitta holds 6 United States Patents