Dr. Engum thinks it is important to have fun. Whether it is the child, family or healthcare provider, we all need to enjoy what we are doing and at the same time efficiently and effectively care for the patient. No child comes to healthcare alone, so a pediatric surgeon must be able to relate to not only the patient, but also all family members. This will then inspire trust and the healthcare team will be viewed as a member of the family. Dr. Engum is a perfectionist and strives to do the best with every encounter and push all members of the team for accountability and results as a team unit.
Extensive exposure to newborn conditions as well as minimally invasive surgery and robotics
Extensive background in the minimally invasive pectus excavatum procedure otherwise known as the Nuss procedure.
Spent the last 7 years working with a team of simulation educators to build a 30,000 square foot simulation center known as the Simulation Center at Fairbanks Hall in Indianapolis.
Directed the facility from 8/2009 until his departure to Sanford 7/2014
Dr. Engum grew up in North Saint Paul Minnesota until the 7th grade and during that year he met an inspiring health teacher that turned on a passion for the sciences, specifically the heart. He loved the anatomy of the heart and after visiting a physiology lab at the University of Minnesota, he thought in his heart, I am going to be a heart doctor. Dr. Engum moved to North Dakota that year and continued his education and passion for the sciences and knew that medicine was his route. After entering medical school it was apparent that surgery was in his blood. Dr. Engum loved to fix things and see instant results and move on. This led him to St. Louis Children’s Hospital and an elective rotation in pediatric surgery that cemented his future desires as a career.
Dr. Engum is married has two wonderful children with his wife Heidi. When he has the opportunity, Dr. Engum enjoys spending time exercising, hiking, and enjoying nature with his family. He loves to spend time at the cabin, and when his body allows him, he enjoys wakeboarding. Having grown up playing hockey, Dr. Engum tries to get on the ice whenever possible.