A colorectal surgeon at the University of Minnesota Physicians (M Physicians) with over two decades of experience, Dr. Amy Thorsen is committed to providing exceptional care and advancing medical knowledge in the field of surgery

With a focus on treating a range of conditions, from benign anal rectal diseases to complex cases of colon cancer, diverticulitis, and inflammatory bowel disease, Dr. Thorsen shares her passion for addressing pelvic floor disorders.

Her research is focused on understanding the complexities surrounding conditions like rectal prolapse, aiming for innovative approaches to prevention and treatment. Collaborating with other physicians, she is determined to tackle the many challenges posed by pelvic floor disorders, including bowel incontinence and rectal prolapse.

“One of the things I'm excited about is that we're soon going to start a stem cell trial for patients with bowel incontinence. I'm excited about the opportunity to participate in that research project,” says Dr. Thorsen.

As a chemical engineering major in her undergraduate years, Dr. Thorsen's journey into medicine was driven by her natural talent for solving problems. “What I liked about engineering is that it's problem-solving and more of a very step-by-step approach, and I think when I went to medical school, I took that problem-solving skill set with me, and I really liked the more systemic approach to things,” she says.

A typical day for Dr. Thorsen is nothing short of dynamic. Balancing surgical procedures, including utilizing technologies like surgical robots, performing colonoscopies to prevent colon cancer, and conducting patient consultations in the clinic each day brings new challenges and triumphs.

“I've heard rumors that I'm getting close to my one-thousandth robotic case. So that's exciting,” she adds.

Looking ahead, Dr. Thorsen is excited to continue her research on pelvic floor disorders and mentor future surgeons. She is not only a skilled surgeon but also a compassionate caregiver and dedicated researcher committed to making a difference in the lives of her patients.