Sarah Nelson, MD

Sarah Nelson, MD

House Officer 4 (ADT), General Surgery Residency


Sarah is a general surgery resident at Michigan Medicine. Originally from Darien, Connecticut, she completed her undergraduate education at Bowdoin College in Maine where she obtained a B.A. in Biochemistry and French. She then attended Wake Forest School of Medicine where she was the director of the student-run free clinic. Her research interests include tumor immunology, particularly as it pertains to pancreatic cancer. She currently serves as the resident director for the Michigan Promise Leadership Initiative.

Academic Development Time

Sarah is currently in her Academic Development Time and expects to return to clinical work in 2 years. She is using this time to study the immunosuppressive cellular network of the pancreas cancer microenvironment.


Sarah is responsible for the Resident Leadership Development Program curriculum for the 2021-2022 academic year.


  • Undergraduate: Bowdoin College
  • Medical School: Wake Forest University School of Medicine


Get to know Dr. Sarah Nelson, Resident Liaison

Why Michigan Surgery

"The people are the number one reason why I chose to train at Michigan Surgery. Our faculty are extremely supportive and invested in resident development and my co-residents have become lifelong friends. Michigan Surgery definitely delivers on a commitment to teamwork and community."

Life in Ann Arbor

"I went to culinary school prior to college, so Ann Arbor and Detroit’s diverse food scene is one of my favorite things about the area. Plus, there’s a fantastic local farmer’s market. I also have a dog (Jolene) who is a huge fan of all the outdoor activities that Ann Arbor has to offer, so we spend a lot of time exploring the local parks together."


"I enjoy reading, hiking, biking, and cooking (especially for my co-residents)."


If you are considering becoming a surgical resident at Michigan Medicine, contact Sarah Nelson at with any questions about the General Surgery Residency program.