Grace Nimmons - MD, FACS

Grace Nimmons - MD, FACS

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My Areas of Practice

I am a Board-certified ear, nose, and throat (ENT) surgeon with fellowship training in head and neck cancer, and microvascular reconstruction.  

I treat all aspects of the ears, nose, and throat in patients of all ages, with specialized expertise in the comprehensive care of head and neck tumors (eg. cancers of the mouth, throat, salivary glands, thyroid, soft tissues of the neck, and skin). I have a particular interest in facial (eg. post-Mohs), oral cavity, and larynx / pharynx reconstruction following cancer removal.

I believe it is my duty to provide up-to-date medical knowledge, excellent surgical skills, and compassionate care to best meet the goals of our patients at Park Nicollet.


General Information

Gender: Female

Accepting New Patients: Yes


Practices at

Methodist Hospital
6500 Excelsior Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

St Louis Park
3850 Park Nicollet Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

14000 Fairview Drive
Burnsville, MN 55337

Education & Certifications

Fellowship: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Head and Neck Cancer and Microvascular Reconstruction
Iowa City, IA

Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

Residency: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery
Iowa City, IA

Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
New York, NY

College: Harvard College
Cambridge, MA

Research & Publications

Nimmons GL, Menda Y, Pagedar NA. (2013). Positron emission tomography (PET) and head and neck cancer. In Kountakis SE (ed). Encyclopedia of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery (pp 2171-2175). Springer.

Chen WF, Eid A, Yamamoto T, Keith J, Nimmons GL, Lawrence WT. A novel supermicrosurgery training model. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2014 Jul;67(7):973-8.

Nimmons GL, Funk GF, Graham MM, Pagedar NA. Urinary iodine excretion after contrast computed tomography scan: implications for radioactive iodine use in thyroid cancer. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013 May;139(5):479-82.

Nimmons GL, Chang KE, Funk GF, Shonka DC, Pagedar NA. Validation of a task-specific scoring system for a microvascular surgery simulation model. Laryngoscope. 2012 Oct;122(10):2164-8.

Nimmons G, Van Daele DJ, Hoffman HT, Rao SS, Clark CR. Multifactorial dysphagia: diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis and eosinophilic esophagitis. Laryngoscope. 2010 Jan;120(1):23-5.

Kang R, Nimmons GL, Drennan W, Longnion J, Ruffin C, Nie K, Won JH, Worman T, Yueh B, Rubinstein J. Development and validation of the University of Washington Clinical Assessment of Music Perception test. Ear Hear. 2009 Aug;30(4):411-8.

Nimmons GL, Kang RS, Drennan WR, Longnion J, Ruffin C, Worman T, Yueh B, Rubenstien JT. Clinical assessment of music perception in cochlear implant listeners. Otol Neurotol. 2008 Feb;29(2):149-55.

Professional Associations & Awards


American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Minnesota Academy of Otolaryngology

American Head and Neck Society

Fellow of the American College of Surgeons



Rising Stars 2016- MPLS St. Paul magazine

Best Doctors 2014- Minnesota Monthly magazine


I grew up in Baltimore and lived in Boston, Washington DC, New York, and Seattle before coming to the Midwest during my medical training. Loving it here, I decided to raise my family here. With two children and a dog, we can often be found playing outdoors. I also enjoy drawing, gardening, and travelling. I think food is a very important part of culture, so I make a point of exploring local markets and trying local cuisine when I travel. I think this makes me particularly responsive to the personal and social disruptions that my patients with head and neck cancers encounter. My interest in portraiture also makes me sensitive to the importance of facial appearance and expression.