Melissa Brunsvold, MD

Division of Critical Care/Acute Care Surgery, Department of Surgery

Melissa Brunsvold

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-7911

Fax 612-626-0439

Office Address:
Critical Care & Acute Care Surgery
420 Delaware Street SE
Mayo Mail Code 195
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Brittany Swanson

Administrative Email

Division of Critical Care/Acute Care Surgery
, Department of Surgery

Program Director, General Surgery Residency, Department of Surgery

General and Critical Care Surgeon

M.D., University of North Dakota School of Medicine, Grand Forks, ND

Residency, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI (General Surgery)

Fellowship, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (Surgery Critical Care)


Dr. Brunsvold is the Program Director of the General Surgery Residency. She also serves as the Clinical Director of the SimPORTAL Simulation Center. She serves as the Medical Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and as the Medical Director of the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Program.

Nationally, Dr. Brunsvold participates in leadership and committee work in several organizations, including recently serving as Chair of the Education Research Committee of the Association for Surgical Education. She has contributed substantially to the Fundamentals of Surgery Curriculum and the ASPIRES project of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Brunsvold has been nationally recognized for her contributions to education, she received the Phillip J. Wolfson Outstanding Teaching Award from the Association for Surgical Education in 2014. She also received the 2009 Education Specialty Award for a submission to the Society of Critical Care Medicine.


  • Surgery
  • Critical Care Medicine

Awards & Recognition

  • Education Specialty Award, Society of Critical Care Medicine (2009)
  • Outstanding Leadership Award, Henry Ford Health System (2006)


Research Summary/Interests

Dr. Brunsvold has authored over two dozen peer-reviewed articles, focusing primarily on education topics. She developed and published peer-reviewed published curricula in surgical education and surgical critical care. She collaborated in the development of a course in basic intensive care topics and procedural skills, which draws national and international attendees. She is the director of a regional annual conference ECMO for the Failing Heart and Lung.


  • Tocco N, Brunsvold M, Kabbani L, Lin J, Stansfield B, Mueller D, Minter RM. Innovation in internship preparation: an operative anatomy course increases senior medical students' knowledge and confidence. Am J Surg. 2013 Feb 20 [Epub ahead of print]
  • Brunsvold ME, Napolitano LM. Post-operative myocardial infarction. Fundamentals of Surgery Curriculum. Module 11 Course 1 Branch 1. American College of Surgeons March 23, 2009Keune JD, Brunsvold ME, Hohmann E, Korndorffer JR Jr, Weinstein DF, Smink DS. The Ethics of Conducting Graduate Medical Education Research on Residents. Acad Med. 2013 Apr;88(4):449-453.
  • Brunsvold ME, Wahl WL, Arbabi S. Drotrecogin alpha in patients with soft tissue injury. J Burn Care Res, 2008 Jul-Aug;29(4):676-678. Impact Factor 1.563
  • Brunsvold ME, Napolitano LM. Intra-operative myocardial infarction. Fundamentals of Surgery Curriculum. Module 11 Course 1 Branch 2. American College of Surgeons March 23, 2009



  • TraumaAdult Respiratory Distress SyndromeInfection and SepsisAbdominal CatastopheRescue from Surgical Complications 

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery
  • Critical Care Medicine

Clinical Interests

Acute Care Surgery; Critical Care Medicine; General Surgery; Minimally Invasive Surgery; Trauma Surgery; Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome; Infection and Sepsis; Abdominal Catastophe; Rescue from Surgical Complications