Biography

Craig H. Olson, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Department of Surgery. A colorectal surgeon, Dr. Olson was instrumental in launching UT Southwestern’s Pelvic Floor Disorders Program and served as its first Medical Director.

Board certified in both general and colon and rectal surgery, Dr. Olson earned his medical degree at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine on a Beisner Scholarship. He completed a residency in general surgery at UT Southwestern, where he was honored with an Academic Achievement Award, followed by a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

He also holds a B.S. in biology and chemistry from the University of Northern Iowa.

Dr. Olson joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2009. In addition to his clinical and teaching responsibilities, he serves on both the Medical Student and Resident Education Committees.

He was included in D Magazine's Best Doctors list for 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Dr. Olson has delivered many lectures and presentations and published a number of journal articles related to his specialty. He also contributed to the third edition of the Parkland Trauma Handbook.

He is a member of professional organizations that include the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

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Meet Dr. Olson

Colorectal Surgeon in Dallas

Patients who require surgery for colorectal conditions such as colon cancerrectal cancer, diverticular disease, and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) – including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease – or pelvic floor disorders are in skilled hands with UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Craig Olson, M.D.

Dr. Olson performs a broad range of both minimally invasive procedures – many offered in his office – and traditional open surgeries, which allows him to use the best technique for each patient’s unique needs.

“The goal, always, is achieving the best patient outcome, and sometimes that’s done with an open surgery, sometimes with laparoscopic surgery,” he says.

“And there are a lot of colorectal and pelvic floor problems we’re able to successfully treat in the clinic, which is great for patients,” he adds.

A 2012 D Magazine Best Doctor, Dr. Olson was instrumental in establishing UT Southwestern’s Pelvic Floor Disorders Program and served as its first Medical Director.

Dr. Olson works closely and coordinates care with a multidisciplinary team of his UT Southwestern colleagues. These specialists include urologists, urogynecologists, gastroenterologists, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, and medical and radiation oncologists.

“I’m most proud when we can help patients work through difficult problems and make a positive difference in their lives,” he says.

“Whether they’re facing a malignancy or a benign condition, we can almost always make things better to the point that patients see a significant improvement in their quality of life.”

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas (2008-2009), Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • Residency - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2003-2008), General Surgery
  • Medical School - University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine (1999-2003)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Dallas County Medical Society
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • SAGES (2011), Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
Books & Publications
Research
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Colon and rectal cancer

Clinical Focus

  • Colorectal Disorders
  • Surgery for Colorectal Cancer & Colorectal Diseases
  • Screening for Colorectal Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer

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Q&A by Dr. Olson

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at Outpatient Building 1801 Inwood Road, 7th Floor, Suite 100
Dallas, Texas 75390
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