Dr. Rolfes grew up in St. Paul and was the oldest of five children. He was always interested in science and engineering, and through their childhood, he and his brothers often got into trouble for unauthorized “projects” in the family garage. Despite all the missing tools and a few sets of stitches, his parents always supported the curious minds of their children – all of whom are now in science and medicine.
All that tinkering eventually paid off, and after attending The Chicago Medical School, Dr. Rolfes was selected to join the Innovation Fellows program at the University of Minnesota. There he spent a year working with a team of engineers to solve elusive medical problems. After that, he went on to 7 years of intense surgical training at the Cleveland Clinic and Boston University before returning to the Twin Cities to open his own surgical practice. Despite a busy surgical practice he has continued to innovate, creating new tools and procedures. He has been awarded 5 separate patents for novel medical devices. One of his specialties is gender-confirming surgery for transgender patients, and he is a national leader in Facial Feminization Surgery.
In retrospect, when we first met Dr. Rolfes, we just knew. We couldn’t be certain, but all of our collective insight has since been validated by his patients and peers, as he has been nominated and recognized for multiple consecutive years, as a Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine Rising Star. He has also already been nationally recognized as a Top Doctor and has been featured numerous times in Delta Sky Magazine. Although his pedigree (at the famed Cleveland Clinic and a renowned FFS fellowship in Boston) would have allowed him to set up his practice anywhere, as a St. Paul native, he did have a strong pull to “come home” and start his practice.
As his artist and technical experience have continued to crescendo, he has become an expert in all things related to cosmetic surgical and non-surgical treatment options. His passion to help all of his patients improve their self-confidence and achieve their aesthetic goals has most impacted those who are undergoing facial feminization surgery as a part of their gender confirmation process.
As a humanitarian, he has worked tirelessly to be a voice and advocate for those that have been impacted by a system that has been, at best, less than helpful and at it’s worst discriminatory. When he is not improving other people’s well-being or fighting other people’s battles, he prioritizes time to spend with his wife, children and dogs (and fish and plants). He is board-certified and continues to develop his craft in our on-site and fully licensed Wayzata Surgical Center. He consults with patients in both our Twin Cities location in Wayzata, MN or at our new clinic and medical spa in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He is looking forward to discovering ways to help you reclaim your confidence.
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