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Doug Nelson, MD

Doug Nelson, MD

The Gastroenterologists with MNGI Digestive Health get to know so much about their patients, but the patients don’t always get to know much about their doctors. This new blog series provides a chance to learn a little bit more about the caring physicians who are caring for you.

Today, meet Dr. Doug Nelson. You may have seen Dr. Nelson in one of our Twin Cities clinics for your GI concerns, and know how dedicated he is to the lifelong care of his patients. Now you can learn more about him and his journey through medicine!

Why did you want to study medicine?

Initially, I tried not to!  My father was a doctor, and although I had an early interest in medicine it seemed a bit cliché to “follow in my father’s footsteps.”  I looked at a variety of other career options; ultimately none of them were as satisfying for me as medicine.  I enjoy interacting with patients, and the satisfaction of improving their health.


What made you go into your area of medical expertise?

At the time, it had the most interesting technology


What do you like best about working for MNGI?

Amazing colleagues and support staff


How long have you worked at MNGI?

12 years


What is your favorite thing about living in Minnesota?

It’s something in my blood.  Once a Minnesotan…


Outside of work, what do you like to do for fun?

Reading, movies, scuba diving, amateur military historian, target shooting


Where is your hometown?

Maplewood, MN


What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Cotton candy or praline


What is your favorite movie?

Definitely science fiction, hard to narrow it down.  The Watchmen, The Matrix, Aliens


What is your favorite vacation you ever took?

A surprise trip to British Virgin Gorda (a birthday present from my wife, who kept all details secret, packed the bags, wouldn’t let me see the tickets), accessible only by boat.  Outstanding beaches, diving, incredible food