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Rachel E. Payne, MD

Trauma Surgeon | Trauma Surgery

715 S 8th St Minneapolis MN, 55404


Dr. Rachel Payne is a general and trauma surgeon practicing in Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Payne specializes in surgical treatment of severely injured patients especially with injuries and diseases of abdominal contents including the stomach, liver, gallbladder, and small and large intestines. General and Trauma surgeons are able to deal with almost any surgical or critical care emergency. Dr. Payne provides quality surgical service for gravely ill or injured patients as well as surgical ICU patients and is able to respond quickly due to knowledge of various surgical procedures.

Education and Training

Lawrence University Bachelor of Arts 2010

University of Minnesota MD 2014

Hennepin Healthcare General Surgery Residency 2019

University of Washington Trauma/Critical Care Fellow 2020

Board Certification

American Board of Surgery

Surgical Critical Care (Surgery)

Provider Details

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Rachel E. Payne, MD
Rachel E. Payne, MD's Expert Contributions
  • Can trauma surgeons help in dealing with post-traumatic stress?

    The primary role of trauma surgeons is operating on life-threatening injuries in the neck, chest, or abdomen immediately after a major injury. Our role in post-traumatic stress is in recognizing which of our patients are at risk and making sure that they are connected with specialized trauma psychology providers early in their recovery. READ MORE

  • How can a trauma surgeon help my son recover from a car crash?

    Hello, thank you for your question, I’m sorry to hear about your son’s crash. A trauma surgeon’s role is to help victims of serious injury survive immediately life-threatening injuries during the hospital stay. However, good trauma care involves a multidisciplinary team, several members of which may be helpful in your son’s recovery. The first step is to make sure brain, spine, and extremity injuries that could be causing his walking difficulties have been ruled out. Hopefully, that is what his doctors have done already if they are telling you he just needs time. A combination of a physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor and a psychologist who specializes in trauma care would be very valuable to your son’s recovery. Any level 1 and most level 2 trauma centers would have those resources available. Hope this information is helpful to you. READ MORE

Areas of expertise and specialization

Trauma SurgerySurgical Critical CareECMOColon cancer and diverticular disease

Faculty Titles & Positions

  • Associate Trauma Director Hennepin County Medical Center 2022 - Present


  • Top Surgical Critical Care Specialist 2022 Women in Medicine 

Professional Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons  
  • Women in Medicine  
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine  


  • University of Washington trauma surgery and surgical critical care 


  • University of Washington (Trauma and Surgical Critical Care)

Professional Society Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons, Society of Critical Care Medicine Physicians

Areas of research

Geriatric trauma 

Thoracic trauma

Rachel E. Payne, MD's Practice location

Hennepin Healthcare

715 S 8th St -
Minneapolis, MN 55404
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Get to know Trauma Surgeon Dr. Rachel E. Payne, who serves patients in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

A skilled trauma surgeon, Dr. Payne is affiliated with Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has a special interest in ECMO and is a member of HCMC’s ECMO cannulation team.

“I am committed to providing high quality care tailored to the needs of HCMC’s unique and diverse patient population. I work to provide patients and families with the information they need to make complex decisions that are in alignment with their individual needs and goals” expressed the doctor.

Throughout her academic career, Dr. Payne graduated with her medical degree from the University of Minnesota, and completed her residency in general surgery at Hennepin Healthcare. Finally, she completed her fellowship in trauma surgery and surgical critical care at the University of Washington.

As a testament of her continued education, the doctor is board-certified in general surgery and surgical critical care by the American Board of Surgery (ABS). The ABS is an independent, non-profit organization located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, founded for the purpose of certifying surgeons who have met a defined standard of education, training, and knowledge. She is also responsible for educating and training general surgery residents at Hennepin Healthcare. 

On a professional level, she is active in coordinating the trauma medical program as Associate Trauma Director at Hennepin Healthcare. She is an active member of the American College of Surgeons, Women in Medicine,, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the Physicians for a National Health Program.

Trauma surgery is a surgical specialty that utilizes both operative and non-operative management to treat traumatic injuries, typically in an acute setting. Trauma surgeons generally complete residency training in general surgery and often fellowship training in trauma or surgical critical care. They are responsible for operating on and repairing life threatening blunt-force and penetrating injuries in the chest, abdomen, and pelvis. They also manage critical care for the most severely injured patients. 

On a more personal note, Dr. Payne is passionate about healthcare systems and is an advocate for universal healthcare. She also enjoys boating, especially rowing and kayaking.

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