About Us

Coalition Leadership

Heidi Nelson, MD
Professor of Surgery, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Heidi Nelson, MD, chairs the Mayo Clinic Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery and co-chairs the GI Program in the Mayo Cancer Center. The author of over 107 peer-reviewed articles, Dr Nelson led a team of 66 American and Canadian physicians in a 7-year study which concluded that minimally invasive laparoscopic colon surgery had several advantages over open abdominal colon cancer procedures (New England Journal of Medicine, May 2004). She has also conducted extensive research on combined modality treatments and novel immune therapies for treatment of advanced and recurrent colon and rectal cancer. Dr Nelson has a particular clinical interest in the development of minimally invasive procedures for the surgical care of the oncology patient.