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Rolf Paulson, MD, FACP

Dr. Rolf Paulson was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1949. He grew up with two brothers and one sister while his father practiced Radiology in St. Paul, Minnesota. He graduated from St. Paul Highland Park High School in 1967 and went on to major in chemistry at St. Olaf College, where he graduated Cum Laude in 1971.

In 1971, Dr. Paulson began his medical training at the University of Minnesota. He graduated with honors in 1975 as a member of AOA, the medical honor society. He began his internal medicine residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in 1975 and finished in 1978. He passed his Internal Medicine Boards in 1978. He then studied cardiology at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand from 1978-79. Dr. Paulson returned to St. Paul as a staff internist at St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center (now Regions Medical Center) in 1979. With this appointment, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. In 1982, Dr. Paulson became a Staff Internist at the MOD Clinic United Hospital, St. Paul and the Assistant Director of Medical Education at United Hospital.

During those years, Dr. Paulson married Linda, his high school sweetheart. Linda also attended St. Olaf and received a B.S. in Nursing. Together they have raised three children: Todd, Sonja, and Brian.

In 1984, Dr. Paulson joined the Grand Forks Clinic and United Hospital medical staff in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The Grand Forks Clinic and United Hospital integrated to become Altru Health System in 1997. Dr. Paulson established the Vascular Center, which has grown into a recognized area of excellence in the Altru Health System. He also established a Wound Clinic, which is also recognized as a center of excellence. He has served in leadership positions on multiple hospital and clinic committees, and he chaired the Department of Internal Medicine for three years.

Dr. Paulson became a Fellow of the American College of Physicians in 1998. He served as Governor of the North Dakota Chapter of ACP from 1999-2003. He brought energy, ideas and enthusiasm to the Chapter and promoted increased membership and advancement to fellowship during his tenure. Dr. Paulson initiated a physician book review session for ACP members. Medical Student activities of the NDACP were recognized through the Evergreen Award to the NDACP in 2002.

Dr. Paulson has always been dedicated to medical education. He has been involved in the education of students, residents and staff. Currently, he is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine. He won the "Dean's Recognition Award" at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in 1997. He promoted the development of an ethos program at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine. In 2003, Dr. Paulson became the Director of Medical Education at Altru Health System.

Dr. Paulson has published many articles and is recognized by his peers as an expert in vascular medicine, wound care and general internal medicine. He has been involved in five national level research projects involving anticoagulation. One of these studies, Long Term Low Intensity Warfarin Therapy for the Prevention of Recurrent Venous Thromboembolism, was published in the New England Journal of Medicine 348 (15); 4-10-03.

Dr. Paulson has also served his community through church leadership, including coordinating the medical needs of refugees in Grand Forks, and through missionary work in Tanzania and Jamaica.

For all his dedication, service, and accomplishments, it is with great honor that we present Dr. Paulson be recognized with the Laureate Award from the American College of Physicians.

John Lambie, MD
James Brosseau, MD
Casey Ryan, MD

Contact Information

Julie A Blehm, MD FACP
ACP Governor
North Dakota Chapter

Pam Heisler
North Dakota Chapter Staff
Phone: 701-780-6129
Email: pheisler@altru.org