Elizabeth Z. Colsen, M.D., FACS

Interior photo, smiling blonde woman wears glasses, Dr. Elizabeth Colsen, surgeon at Glacial Ridge Health SystemBorn and raised in Grand Island, Nebraska, Dr. Elizabeth Colsen was introduced to medicine at an early age; her mother worked as a clinic receptionist where their best family friend was a doctor. In high school, Dr. Colsen shadowed him and realized that was her calling.

She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, preceded by a degree in biology from Nebraska Wesleyan University. During medical school, she realized she had an aptitude for surgical knowledge and techniques. Dr. Colsen completed her residency at the University of Minnesota followed by fellowship training in minimally invasive procedures, as well as a fellowship in surgical critical care. She furthered her education and training with another fellowship – this time in bariatric surgery. Her surgical expertise was nationally acknowledged during a presentation on hernia repair at the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. Dr. Colsen is board certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Colsen was a surgeon at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Minneapolis specializing in general, minimally invasive, robotic, and critical care surgery before joining GRHS in October 2018.

Dr. Colsen’s surgical procedures include:

  • Laparoscopic hernia and groin hernia surgery
  • Complex abdominal wall reconstruction
  • LINX® procedure and Nissen Fundoplication for acid reflux patients, as well as hiatal hernia repair for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
  • Spleen and adrenal surgery
  • Stomach surgery
  • Gastric Sleeve weight-loss surgery
  • Colon removal (minimally invasive)
  • Repairing obstructions
  • Sentinel node biopsy procedure (minimally invasive) for breast cancer
  • Lumpectomies / Mastectomies
  • Appendix and gallbladder removal
  • Endoscopy
  • Vascular Access
    • Central Line
    • Portacath Placement

Dr. Colsen was attracted to GRHS because of the progressive, technologically advanced community hospital and our approach to patient care, a sense that everyone is part of the team, and the feeling of community in the Glenwood area.

When she is not working, Dr. Colsen is likely in a fishing boat. She and her husband Jeremy are avid, experienced anglers, and she is on the board of Women Anglers of Minnesota. Her husband was in the Marine Corps and MN Army National Guard. He now runs a non-profit organization – Fishing with Vets – and they have two large fur babies. Dr. Colsen is excited to be able to live and work in a beautiful setting with a surplus of lakes.

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