Courtney Olmsted, BSE, MD, MSCI

General Surgery

About Us

General Surgeon

Dr. Courtney Olmsted joined Copley’s General Surgery program in 2018. She has extensive surgical experience involving the gastrointestinal tract, liver, colon, breasts, and other major parts of the human body. Dr. Olmsted enjoys working collaboratively with her patients and their referring physicians to create an individualized treatment plan. She holds a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation from the University of Iowa, with a Medical Degree from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. She completed her general surgery residency at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, following her training in the Veterans Affairs National Quality Scholar (VAQS) Fellowship Program in the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Healthcare System in Iowa City, Iowa.

An avid outdoors enthusiast, Dr. Olmsted enjoys skiing, biking, scuba diving, rugby, and golf. She has finished and placed in many triathlons, duathlons and runs. Dr. Olmsted also enjoys stained glass, painting, and wheel ceramics.

Watch a video introduction of Dr. Courtney Olmsted here.

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American College of Surgeons, 2011-present
American Medical Association, 2011 -present
Association of Women Surgeons, 2015-present

Education + Clinical Experience

Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Biomedical Engineering Major, Theater Studies Minor, Duke University, Durham, NC
Doctor of Medicine, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI), University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Resident, General Surgery University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA
Fellow, Veterans Affairs National Quality Scholar (VAQS) Fellowship Program, Iowa City Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, Iowa City, IA
Chief Resident, General Surgery, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA

Copley Hospital, 2018 – present


Olmsted CL, Arunachalam R, Pesce L, Lal G. Pediatric Differentiated Thyroid Carcinoma: Trends in practice and outcomes over 40 years at a single tertiary care institution. Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metablolism. Accepted for publication July 21, 2017

Olmsted CL, Kapadia MR. 59 Subtotal Colectomy with Ileostomy and Hartmann’s Pouch. Operative Dictations in General and Vascular Surgery Third Edition. Ed. Jamal J. Hoballah, Ed. Carol E.H. Scott-Conner, ED.Hui Sen Chong. Cham, Switzerland: Springer 2017.215-218. Print

Olmsted CL, Johnson AM, Kaboli P, Cullen J, Vaughan-Sarrazin MS. Use of pallative care and hospice among surgical and medical specialties in the Veterans Health Administration. JAMA Surg. 2014 Nov; 149 (11):1169-75. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2014.2101. PMID:25251601

Olmsted CL, Nicholson R. Vascular Access for Hemodialysis. Scott-Conner C, ed. Essential Operative Techniques and Anatomy, 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2014.201-207.

Hollowell K, Olmsted CL, Richardson AS, Pittman HK, Bellin L, Tafra L, Verbanac KM. American Society of Clnical Oncology-recommended surveillance and physician specialty among long-term breast cancer survivors. Cancer. 2010 May 1; 116(9):2090-8. PMID:20198707

Olmsted, CL, Kolasa K. Research shows soy products safe for breast cancer survivors.The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC. March 10, 2010. Article was nationally redistributed through American Dietitian Association (ADA). Knowledge Center email list serve with article available at

Hollowell K, Olmsted CL, Richardson A, Bellin L, Tafra L, Verbanac KM. Specialists provide more consistent and comprehensive ASCO-recommended surveillance of breast cancer survivors than primary car physicians, 2009 Proceedings of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, p. 51 (

  • Type Of Provider : Physician
  • Practice Name : Copley Hospital Multi-Specialty Clinic
  • General Surgery