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Daren S. Danielson, MD, FACS

  • About
    • Specialties: Cardiovascular Surgery Thoracic Surgery
    • Board Certified:


      Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery)

    • Gender: Male
    • Languages: English

    "As a native of Stillwater, it is great to be back in Minnesota, serving and caring for the people of the greater St. Cloud area. I am particularly grateful to be part of CentraCare, an organization that genuinely believes in putting the patient first, allowing me to practice in a manner truly consistent with the concept of patient-centered care. Every patient requires and deserves medical care individualized to his or her specific needs. I aim to do just that with every patient I see." - Dr. Danielson

    Most recently Dr. Danielson served as a cardiothoracic surgeon with Sacramento Cardiovascular Surgeons in Sacramento, Calif., and as the director of the Regenerative Medicine and Biosurgery Program at David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif. He provided trauma and critical care during Operation Iraqi Freedom and oversaw clinical services at Craig Joint Theater Hospital, Balad Air Base, Afghanistan, during Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Dr. Danielson is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and earned his medical degree at the University of Minnesota. He completed a General Surgery residency and Surgical Critical Care fellowship at Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minn., and a Cardiothoracic Surgery residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He is originally from Stillwater, MN.

    • Medical School
      University of Minnesota Medical School
    • Internship
      Hennepin County Medical Center
    • Residency
      Hennepin County Medical Center Northwestern Memorial Hospital
    • Fellowship
      Hennepin County Medical Center
  • Areas Of Interest
    Dr. Danielson provides surgical treatment for diseases of the heart, lungs and mediastinum. He has special interest in coronary artery bypass grafting and valve repair and replacement, as well as aortic and atrial fibrillation surgery. He is launching a temporary and permanent ventricular assist device (VAD) mechanical circulatory support program for the treatment of acute and chronic heart failure at St. Cloud Hospital.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO