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James G. Schlaefer, MD

James G. Schlaefer, MD
  • Practicing Specialty: Surgery
  • Doctor
  • Secondary Language: Haitian Creole

As a medical student, I witnessed a patient die from a gunshot wound, and that event turned me toward a practice in surgery. I enjoy a broad spectrum of surgery - from the simplest procedure to the most complex. My special interests include thyroid and parathyroid surgery as well as surgical oncology. I work in the Breast Health Center at Regions Hospital and help many breast cancer patients. I also frequently perform a minimally invasive varicose vein procedure that I helped develop.

When patients come to me, I take my time, explaining the procedure as if they were my family members. That's always how I treat my patients: like family.

In my free time, I enjoy traveling, fishing for lake trout in the Arctic, golfing, photography and yoga. I have a special interest in fly fishing and fly tying. For several years, I have been volunteering for an annual mission trip to Haiti.

I am a member of the Minneapolis Surgical Society (MPLSS).



  • Medical School: University of Wisconsin Hospitals- Madison 1981
  • Internship in Surgery: Wayne State University 1982
  • Residency in Surgery: Wayne State University School of Medicine 1986
  • Certification: Am Bd of Surgery
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