Nicholas M. Wetjen, MD joined The Iowa Clinic after directing Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota for nearly ten years. He chose The Iowa Clinic because of the talented team of surgeons who provide exceptional neurosurgical care right here in his home state of Iowa.
His interest in neurosurgery began before medical school, in his undergraduate studies in developmental neurobiology at Loras College in Dubuque. He instantly became fascinated with the complexity and design of the nervous system. Dr. Wetjen brings his expertise and passion for pediatric neurosurgery here to Iowa, and fulfills a medical need, by becoming one of a handful of pediatric neurosurgeons in the state. The physician relationships he built within the Iowa pediatric medical community from his work at Mayo Clinic, continues. He is making a difference in the lives of our younger patients in need of neurological care, but his expertise doesn’t stop there.
Dr. Wetjen is an integral part of our already exceptional adult neurological surgery team and will specialize in pediatrics but also focus on minimally invasive spine as well as brain, epilepsy, and vascular surgeries in adults.
Outside of work, Dr. Wetjen has many interests, which include spending time with his children, as well as aviation (he’s a private pilot), hunting, fishing, camping, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, mixed martial arts, mountain biking, skiing, scuba diving, and competitive shooting.
Cranio Vault Remodeling
Craniofacial Disorders and Craniosynostosis including Endoscopic Craniosynostosis Repair (Dr. Wetjen works in combination with Dr. Sam Maurice, a board-certified Craniofacial Plastic Surgeon on craniosynostosis cases)
Epilepsy Surgery - Adult & Pediatric
Brain & Spine Tumors - Adult & Pediatric
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery - Adult & Pediatric
Launching in 1994, The Iowa Clinic introduced a new concept in healthcare to the Central Iowa Community: to provide a network of the pinnacle in medical providers within a physician-governed, physician-run, patient-focused business model. Today we are the largest physician-owned multi-specialty group in our community with more than 250 physicians and healthcare providers practicing in 40+ specialties. Our primary location is a 170,000 square foot state of the art medical facility located in Wes Des Moines. We have 8 other clinic sites throughout the Des Moines Metropolitan area as well as numerous outreach clinics in rural areas. Our population base is 1.1 million patients averaging 566,000 visits per year. We are a trusted and frequent partner of other area medical centers and hospitals, providing additional levels of leading-edge healthcare for patients outside of our traditional base.
All of our physicians are board-certified or board-eligible in their medical specialties. We take pride in being the first in our marketplace to introduce many new treatment options and preventive measures across specialties. We also lead our peer groups with the implementation of diagnostic, treatment and administrative technologies.