Heidi Nelson, MD

Professor of Surgery, College of Medicine
Center for Individualized Medicine
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota

Heidi Nelson, MD is the Fred C. Andersen Professor of Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Chair of the Department of Surgery at Mayo Clinic, and past Chair of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery. Dr. Nelson earned her medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine, completed her General Surgery Residency at Oregon Health and Science University, and her fellowship training in Colon and Rectal Surgery at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Nelson’s long standing research interests parallel her clinical work in colon and rectal cancer. She was the PI of the NCI-grant and lead investigator for the NIH-funded laparoscopic colectomy for cancer trial. She has been the recipient of numerous nationally funded grants and is widely published in high impact journals. In addition to her own basic and clinical laboratory work she has held several research leadership roles including past program director within the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and current director of the Mayo Microbiome Program in the Mayo Center for Individualized Medicine. Within the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cooperative Groups she was the Vice Chair of the North Central Cancer Treatment Group and then served as a Group Chair of American College of Surgeons Oncology Group. She has been faculty for the AACR/ASCO Methods in Clinical Cancer Research Workshop for a three year term, a member and then chair of two NIH (NCI) study sections including, Subcommittee H (Cooperative Group Study Section), Clinical Oncology (CONC) and a member of the NCI Clinical Trials Advisory Committee.

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