General surgeon brings advanced training in endoscopic surgery

Evan Kelly, MD, General Surgeon

Riverwood Healthcare Center is pleased to announce the addition of Evan Kelly, MD, to its general surgery team.

Dr. Kelly was the fifteenth surgeon to complete a one-year Fellowship training program for advanced surgical training at the Minnesota Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIMIS) at Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin and Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. Over the past year, Dr. Kelly recently completed another Fellowship in endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography endoscopic ultrasound and pancreaticobiliary surgery at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.

Dr. Kelly will begin a new program that will provide comprehensive care of patients with pancreatobiliary disease. The specialist is beginning an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) program for patients with tumors, obstruction, and injury of the pancreas and bile ducts. ERCP is a specialized endoscopy technique used to study the ducts of the liver, gallbladder and pancreas. EUS is similar to a standard upper endoscopy procedure but shows greater detail than a regular ultrasound, which aims the sound waves from outside the body.

Dr. Kelly will use the ERCP procedure to diagnose and treat unexplained abdominal pain or yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice) and to obtain more information for those with pancreatitis or cancer of the liver, pancreas, or bile ducts. He will also use ERCP for blockages or stones in the bile ducts. The specialist will utilize EUS to assess diseases of the digestive tract and other nearby organs and tissues.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Kelly join our highly skilled and respected team of general surgeons,” said Ken Westman, Riverwood CEO. “He brings high level surgical skills with a second surgery fellowship focusing on endoscopic procedures that will allow us to offer patients even more advanced medical treatment close to home.”

Dr. Kelly shared these comments: “I’m excited for Riverwood’s new surgery wing with a state-of-the-art advanced imaging OR suite to open in Summer 2024. This sophisticated technology using multiple cameras and an x-ray video machine called fluoroscopy will enable me to perform minimally invasive endoscopic procedures with no incisions, currently not available at Riverwood or even in the area. One example is removal of gallstones stuck in a bile duct.”

Originally from Detroit, Mich., Dr. Kelly has completed a General Surgery residency at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver. He earned his bachelor’s degree in human biology summa cum laude at Michigan State University–Lyman Briggs College in East Lansing, Mich., and his Doctor of Medicine degree at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit.

Outside of his practice, the surgeon enjoys his family, hockey, cycling, golf, travel, sports, and numerous outdoor recreation activities.

For a consultation with Dr. Kelly, call Riverwood’s specialty clinic at 218-927-5566.