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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
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
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
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