Elizabeth Z. Colsen, M.D.


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 med 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. Her surgical expertise was recently nationally acknowledged during a presentation on hernia repair at the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.

Most recently, Dr. Colsen was a surgeon at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Minneapolis specializing in general, minimally invasive, robotic, and critical care surgery. She joined GRHS on October 1, 2018.

Dr. Colsen’s surgical procedures include:

  • Laparoscopic hernia and groin hernia surgery
  • Complex abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Nissen procedure and Hiatal Hernia Repair for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Spleen and adrenal surgery
  • Stomach 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 their 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. 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 –  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.