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Nicholas M. Wetjen, MD

Specialty: Neurological & Spinal Surgery, Spine Center

Appointments: 515.241.5760

About Nicholas M. Wetjen, MD

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Nicholas M. Wetjen, MD joined The Iowa Clinic after directing Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota for nearly ten years. He chose The Iowa Clinic because of the talented team of surgeons who provide exceptional neurosurgical care right here in his home state of Iowa.

His interest in neurosurgery began before medical school, in his undergraduate studies in developmental neurobiology at Loras College in Dubuque. He instantly became fascinated with the complexity and design of the nervous system. Dr. Wetjen brings his expertise and passion for pediatric neurosurgery here to Iowa, and fulfills a medical need, by becoming one of a handful of pediatric neurosurgeons in the state. The physician relationships he built within the Iowa pediatric medical community from his work at Mayo Clinic, continues. He is making a difference in the lives of our younger patients in need of neurological care, but his expertise doesn’t stop there.

Dr. Wetjen is an integral part of our already exceptional adult neurological surgery team. Also, he is working on becoming a neurosurgeon with the United States Army Medical Reserves, to provide medical care to our service men and women.

Outside of work, Dr. Wetjen has many interests, which include spending time with his children, as well as aviation (he’s a private pilot), hunting, fishing, camping, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, mixed martial arts, mountain biking, skiing, scuba diving, and competitive shooting.

Locations

Primary Location

Methodist Medical Center – Plaza II
1215 Pleasant Street , Suite 608
Des Moines, IA 50309

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Specialties

Neurological & Spinal Surgery , Spine Center


Clinical Interests

  • Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Brain Tumors
  • Craniofacial Surgery
  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • Congenital Malformations

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery
  • American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery

Certifications

  • Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor
  • Tactical Medicine

Fellowships

University of Utah, Primary Children's Medical Center


Residency

Mayo Clinic


Medical Degree

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine


Internship

Mayo Clinic


Undergraduate Degree

Loras College

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