Elle Kalbfell, MD

General Surgery Resident

Elle Kalbfell is from Charlevoix, Michigan. She obtained her undergraduate degree in human biology and nutritional science from Michigan State University, MI (BS 2012) with high honors. She attended medical school at Michigan State University in Grand Rapids, MI (MD 2017) and graduated AOA. Her main surgical interests are in surgical ethics, informed consent and advance care planning.

Elle finished two clinical years in general surgery and now holds a position as a WiSOR fellow in the lab of Dr. Margaret “Gretchen” Schwarze. Current projects focus on perioperative communication, shared decision making and scenario planning. Elle will gain experience in qualitative and quantitative research methods through these projects with Dr. Schwarze and collaborators in WiSOR. These experiences will also be supported by obtaining a certificate in the Fundamentals of Clinical Research through the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dogs, Oliver and Otis, traveling, and sailing.



  • MD, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine-Grand Rapids, 2017
  • BS, Human Biology and Nutritional Science, Michigan State University, 2012


  • ACS Surgical Ethics Fellow
  • Transplant T32