Rick Odland



I am in my 36th year of practicing otolaryngology, with both an academic appointment and clinical practice in a safety net hospital my entire career.  My clinical expertise was facial trauma, but I have retired from surgical practice.  I have also engaged in research my entire career, mainly in the area of tissue edema reduction.  I am currently PI on a large NIH  multicenter clinical trial of brain edema reduction after traumatic brain injury.


Undergrad:  South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD 1977
Med School: Creighton University, Omaha, NE 1981
Internship: National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, 1982
Residency: Otolaryngology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 1989
Grad School: Ph. D. in Otolaryngology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 1990

Board Certifications

American Board of Otolaryngology 1989, American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery 1994

Awards and Recognitions

  • First Place Award, Business Plan Competition, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota for Twin Star Medical, Inc. 1999
  • Honor Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery 1999
  • Resident Research Award, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 1987
  • NIH National Research Service Award 1986-1987
  • Melvin Sigel Resident Teaching Award 1986
  • Gold Award, Combined Federal Campaign Chairman 1985
  • US Navy Achievement Medal 1985
  • Minnesota Monthly Best Doctors 2015, 2016, 2018

Professional Associations

  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
  • Minnesota Academy of Otolaryngology

Research Summary 

I started my research career as a resident in otolaryngology. I was looking for a way to reduce edema in skin flaps because edema seemed to influence survival.  Measuring edema in a real time method was the first challenge, so I developed a device to measure tissue compliance as a correlate of tissue edema.  This was my Ph.D. thesis.  I began exploring ways of reducing edema with hollow fibers.  This led to several studies in experimental skin flaps, and then application to compartment syndrome and brain edema.  The aim of the current grant is to use hollow fibers in a ventriculostomy drainage catheter to reduce brain edema after traumatic brain injury.

Selected Publications 

  • Raghavan R, Odland RM. Theory of porous catheters and their applications in intraparenchymal infusions. Biomedical Physics & Engineering Express 3.2, 2017, 025008.
  • Odland RM, Venugopal S, Borgos J,  Coppes V, McKinney AM, Rockswold GL, Shi J, Panter SS. Efficacy of Reductive Ventricular Osmotherapy in a Swine Model of Traumatic Brain Injury,  Neurosurgery, 70, 2012, 445–455.
  • Odland RM, Rheuark D, Ispirescu S, Kizziar R. Effect of Tissue Ultrafiltration on Skin Flap Survival, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery,  131, 2004,  296-299.
  • https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=Odland+RM%5BAuthor%5D&sort=date 



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