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Glen David Nelson

Glen David Nelson, American health products executive, physician. Diplomate American Board Surgery, also sub-board bariatric and peripheral vascular surgery; certified American Board Surgery, 1970.


  • Nelson, Glen David was born on March 28, 1937 in Minneapolis. Son of Ralph and Edna S. Nelson.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1959. Doctor of Medicine, University Minnesota, 1963.


    • Intern Hennepin County General Hospital, Minneapolis, 1963—1964, resident in general surgery, 1964—1969. Staff surgeon Park Nicollet Medical Center (formerly St. Louis Park Medical Center). Practiced surgery, 1969—1986.

      Chairman, president and Chief Executive Officer Park Nicollet Medical Center, 1975—1986. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer American MedCenters, Inc., 1984—1986. Director Medtronic, Inc., 1980—2002, executive vice president, 1986—1988, vice chairman, 1988—2002.

      Chairman, principal owner GDN Holdings, LLC, Minnetonka, since 2002. Board directors Arstasis, Inc., Goji Ltd., Harvard University Committee on University Resources, Cardiovascular Systems, Inc., Carlson Holdings, Inc., Carlson Companies, Inc., Impulse Dynamics, Guided Delivery Systems, Inc., MetaCure, Motorika, Spectrum Dynamics, Johns Hopkins Medicine Board of Advisors, Inspire Medical Systems, LLC, chairman. Board directors, trustee and chairman American Public Media/Minnesota Public Radio.

      RedBrick Health, RF Dynamics. Emeritus clinical professor surgery, University Minnesota.

    Major achievements

    • Diplomate American Board Surgery, also sub-board bariatric and peripheral vascular surgery. Certified American Board Surgery, 1970.


    • Married Marilyn Carlson, June 30, 1961. Children: Diana, Curtis, Wendy.
    • father: Ralph Nelson
    • mother: Edna S. Nelson
    • spouse: Marilyn Carlson
    • children: Diana Nelson
    • Curtis Nelson
    • Wendy Nelson
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    Born March 28, 1937