David Abelson, MD

During my time as CEO of Park Nicollet, I encouraged team members to call upon personal experiences to inspire constant improvement and lasting success.

In 2001, I ignored reoccurring pain in my left eye, continuing to exercise vigorously through pain and nausea. Migraines would
not keep me off my bike. When I ultimately lost vision in my eye,
a colleague diagnosed me with central retinal vein thrombosis associated with acute angle glaucoma.

This experience helped me understand the fear and vulnerability our patients may feel. It influenced my life as a doctor, leader, patient and husband.

— David Abelson, MD