Nationally Recognized Surgeon, Dr. Elizabeth Colsen, Joins GRHS

Nationally Recognized Surgeon, Dr. Elizabeth Colsen, Joins GRHS

Dr. Elizabeth Colsen, general and bariatric surgeon, nationally recognizedGlacial Ridge Health System welcomes Dr. Elizabeth Colsen as a full-time surgeon, as we continue to expand the healthcare provided to the Glenwood area.

Dr. Colsen specializes in state-of-the-art, minimally invasive surgery for a wide range of surgical procedures. Minimally invasive surgery (also called laparoscopic) uses small incisions, which allow patients to get back to their daily lives more quickly, with less discomfort.

“Laparoscopic procedures are less invasive and allow faster healing,” said Dr. Colsen. “I enjoy being able to provide greater access to advanced, minimally invasive procedures and surgeries for Glacial Ridge patients.”

Her experience makes her highly qualified to provide surgical care for procedures including hernias (all done laparoscopically), reflux disease repair, colon and stomach surgeries, and more—using both minimally invasive and open procedures.

Dr. Colsen is fellowship trained in minimally invasive procedures, as well as surgical critical care. Fellowship training means she has extensive surgical training through an in-depth, post-residency program. Her surgical expertise was recently nationally acknowledged during a presentation on hernia repair at the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.

Dr. Colsen earned her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, preceded by a degree in biology from Nebraska Wesleyan University. She completed her residency at the University of Minnesota in addition to a Surgical Critical Care Fellowship and her Minimally Invasive Fellowship. Most recently, she was a surgeon at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Minneapolis specializing in general, minimally invasive, robotic, and critical care surgery.

“I really like the hospital and the healthcare culture here at Glacial Ridge,” said Dr. Colsen. “I am looking forward to providing surgical care with the team in such a great work environment.” Dr. Colsen will be joining GRHS October 1.

When she is not working, Dr. Colsen is likely in a fishing boat. She and her husband Jeremy are avid, experienced anglers. She is on the board of Women Anglers of Minnesota and has her own boat that she trailers and navigates regularly. Her husband was in the Marine Corps and MN Army National Guard. He now runs a non-profit organization – Fishing with Vets. They have two fur babies – Fiona (a Great Dane) and Tank (a Black Lab mix). Dr. Colsen is excited to be able to live and work in a beautiful setting with a surplus of lakes.