Dr. Tholen is co-owner, senior partner, and president of Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, Ltd. He joined MPS in 1987 after completion of seven years of post-MD surgical training (General Surgery, and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He has received Board-Certification by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and is Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). He has completed additional training in cosmetic surgery, breast surgery, suction-assisted lipoplasty (liposuction) and ultrasonic liposuction, and laser surgery. He served as co-director for laser education at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and was co-chairman for annual courses in Cutaneous Laser Surgery taught at Abbott’s Laser Center, Minimally Invasive Care Center, and Center for Cosmetic Care.
As a faculty member of Laser Centers of America, he has taught numerous laser courses nationally, and has been an invited laser surgery instructor (multiple wavelengths) in Seoul, Korea. Dr. Tholen has authored several journal articles in the peer-reviewed plastic surgical literature, two book chapters, and has written and presented over 150 papers on all aspects of cosmetic surgery and other plastic surgical procedures as visiting professor, invited lecturer at national plastic surgery meetings, and individually over the past twenty five years. He has been a case reviewer for Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Medicare, has served as president of both the Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons and Midwestern Association of Plastic Surgeons, and is a committed advocate for advanced training, education, and certification for doctors who perform cosmetic surgery.
Dr. Tholen has performed reconstructive cleft lip and palate surgery for children in Peru, Venezuela, Philippines, Romania, and Honduras as a plastic surgeon for Operation Smile International and Children’s Surgery International. His private practice at Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, Ltd. is aesthetic in nature, and has been focused virtually exclusively on cosmetic surgery for the past decade. Dr. Tholen completed training and Board-Certification in General Surgery, followed by full training and Board Certification in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, providing the depth and full breadth of clinical and surgical experience as foundation for his aesthetic and artistic surgical expertise. His Minneapolis plastic surgical practice is recognized not only for excellence in cosmetic breast surgery, facial surgery, body lifting and contouring, and laser surgery, but also for transgender surgical procedures over the past twenty years. Dr. Tholen has taught specifics of transgender plastic surgery at national and international plastic surgical conferences. Dr. Tholen is also co-owner of Carillon Clinic, Ltd., a medically-based and physician-supervised skin and body care clinic that arose over fifteen years ago from Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, Ltd.
Dr. Tholen enjoys travel with his wife Sami, and occasionally with one or more of their six children, golf, and plastic surgery teaching trips at least once per year. Besides spending time with his family, Dr. Tholen enjoys all things electronic and sporty automobiles. Sami Tholen, R.N. is a former Mayo Clinic critical care nurse with 30 years’ experience. She can often be found in the recovery room at Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, caring for patients after their cosmetic surgery.