Gary B. Collins, MD

Gary B. Collins, MD
  • Practicing Specialty: Critical Care Surgery, Surgery
  • Doctor
  • Male

I became interested in medicine when I saw the satisfaction it brought my mother who worked as a registered nurse in our hometown. While I certainly enjoyed all of my clinical rotations in medical school, I had a particular affinity toward surgery and found that my manual dexterity and coordination as a life-long pianist helped me in the development of the many technical skills needed to operate.

My training at Hennepin County Medical Center provided an outstanding opportunity to learn from extremely gifted surgeons who instilled a relentless pursuit of clinical excellence, aiming for the absolute best possible outcomes - no matter how minor or complex the surgical case. I developed further interests in general and subspecialty surgical care, performance improvement and leadership. In addition to General Surgery, I am board certified in Surgical Critical Care, Medical Quality and Neuro-Critical Care. I have also earned an MBA.

I enjoy every aspect of my various positions at Regions Hospital and HealthPartners, including my role as Department Head of Surgery and Medical Director of Quality/Safety for Surgical Services, and my clinical practice that covers Acute Care/General Surgery, Trauma Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.

My overarching philosophy is that every day is an opportunity to make systems improvements that optimize care delivery, patient safety, and coordination of complex systems in order to enhance outcomes, reduce costs and provide better experiences for our patients and families. I'm privileged to work at HealthPartners and be part of the talented teams of dedicated and compassionate colleagues who all share in this patient- and family-centric care model.



  • Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School 1999
  • Residency in Surgery: Hennepin County Medical Center 2002
  • Residency in Critical Care Surgery: Hennepin County Medical Center 2003
  • Residency in Surgery: Hennepin County Medical Center 2005
  • Certification: Am Bd of Surgery
  • Certification: Am Bd of Surgery-Surgical Critical Care