Heather R. Cichanowski, MD
TRIA Research and Education Center Investigator

As medical director of Women’s Sports Medicine at TRIA, my goals are to help guide your injury recovery back to the sports and activities you love as quickly, yet safely as possible. I have recently co-authored a patellofemoral (kneecap) pain chapter in The Female Athlete book and have published research relating knee pain and hip strength specific to collegiate female athletes. I have over 20 years of experience as a medical volunteer for many events including the Twin Cities Marathon, Hawaii Ironman and local soccer tournaments.

Medical interests

  • Bone Stress Injury
  • Hip, Knee and Shoulder Pain
  • Injuries of Endurance Athletes
  • Women's Sports Medicine


  • Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School – 2001


  • Fellowship in Sports Medicine: Hennepin County Medical Center – 2005
  • Residency in Family Medicine: University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview – 2004


  •  Am Bd of Family Medicine
  •  Am Bd of Family Medicine-Sports Medicine
  • Research Investigator, TRIA Research and Education Center
  • Publications While At HealthPartners
    selected publications
    Journal Article
  • Hip strength in collegiate female athletes with patellofemoral pain
    Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2007
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