Paul Severson, MD, FACS

Dr. Paul Severson is the medical director for and a reflux specialist with the Minnesota Reflux and Heartburn Center at Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin and Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.  He is the Chief of Surgery at Riverwood.

A graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School, Dr. Severson completed his General Surgery Residency at Hennepin County Medical Center. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, as well as the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He has served as a Clinical Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School and has been honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award for his educational and humanitarian contributions.

Dr. Severson is the Co-Director of the Minnesota Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery and the Program Director of the MIMIS Fellowship in Advanced GI MIS, Bariatric Surgery and Flexible Endoscopy. He has served as president, board member and committee member for several regional, national and international professional organizations. He is the Founder and President of Project Haiti, a charitable organization providing humanitarian relief to the impoverished people of Haiti for over three decades. His areas of published expertise are in advanced minimally invasive surgery and endoscopy, foregut surgery and bariatric surgery.

Educational Institutions

  • University of Minnesota Medical School
  • BS degree, University of Minnesota


  • General Surgery, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis


  • General Surgery
  • Reflux Specialists