Charles Svendsen - MD, MBA

Charles Svendsen - MD, MBA

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My Areas of Practice

Thanks for taking the time to review my bio. I have two main areas of interest within general surgery. The first is the use of minimally invasive surgery to treat common surgical problems and the second is the treatment of morbid obesity. These two areas are actually very complimentary. Helping patients beat morbid obesity means that I am well versed in the most current surgical techniques and that I can apply those techniques even in very difficult circumstances.

I would love to have the chance to work with you and help solve your surgical problems. I prefer to use minimally invasive techniques to treat hernias, gallbladders, bowel diseases, abdominal pain, reflux and other stomach disorders. Although a laparoscopic or robotic approach is not appropriate for every person or every problem, I do think it should always be considered.

On a more personal note, I was born and raised in small-town Minnesota. Although I have traveled and lived other places I truly love living in Minnesota. I think my Minnesota upbringing makes me approachable and helps to put people at ease even when they are facing a difficult problem.


Minimally invasive surgery

Bariatric surgery

Robotic surgery (DaVinci)


Gallbladder disease

Abdominal pain


Stomach disorders

General Information

Gender: Male

Accepting New Patients: Yes


Practices at

3931 Louisiana Ave. S.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Bariatric Surgery Center
3931 Louisiana Ave. S.
Suite W-200
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

14000 Fairview Drive
Burnsville, MN 55337

Education & Certifications

Certification: American Board of Surgery

MD: University of Minnesota Medical School
Minneapolis, MN

Surgery Residency: University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN



Surgical Infectious Disease Fellowship: University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

MBA: Carlson School of Management/Univ. of MN
Minneapolis, MN

BS: St. Cloud University
St. Cloud, MN

Laboratory Research Fellowship: University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Professional Associations & Awards

President - Minnesota Chapter of American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery


I enjoy all aspects of general surgery but I have a special interest in morbid obesity surgery (bariatric surgery). I understand that it is always stressful to have to go through an operation. It is my goal to make the experience as pleasant as possible. I accomplish this by helping patients to understand how and why we do operations. I will then use minimally invasive techniques (laparoscopy, small incisions) whenever appropriate, to reduce pain and speed recovery.