Amber Retzlaff, MD

Neurosurgery Resident, Class of 2023

Amber Retzlaff, MD

Amber was born and raised on a farm in rural Minnesota. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Financial Economics at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. She initially worked in banking and health insurance before choosing to enter the medical field. She obtained her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota.

She is interested in all aspects of neurosurgery with particular emphasis on neuro-oncology and functional neurosurgery.

In her free time, Amber enjoys walking with her black lab “Daisy”, playing the piano, exploring new restaurants, and spending time with her family and friends.


  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN (2002-2004)
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2010-2016)


Nursing Case Management Strategies for Adults with Serious Mental Illness Seeking Dental Services. Burgel, BJ, Devito, B, Collins-Bride, G, Sullivan, B, Retzlaff, A, Hyde, S. Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2018; :1-9. doi: 10.1080/01612840.2017.1397233. PubMed PMID:29370561 .

Deep Brain Stimulation for Treatment-Refractory Depression. Narang, P, Retzlaff, A, Brar, K, Lippmann, S. South. Med. J. 2016;109 (11):700-703. doi: 10.14423/SMJ.0000000000000554. PubMed PMID:27812714 .

Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Metastatic to the Pituitary: A Case Report and Discussion of Potential Diagnostic Value of Magnetic Resonance Elastography in Pituitary Tumors. D Hughes, J, Retzlaff, A, Sims, J, O'Brien, E, Giannini, C, Huston, J 3rd, Van Gompel, JJ. World Neurosurg. 2016;91 :669.e11-4. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2016.03.044. PubMed PMID:27018011 .

Urinary fructose: a potential biomarker for dietary fructose intake in children. Johner, SA, Libuda, L, Shi, L, Retzlaff, A, Joslowski, G, Remer, T. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2010;64 (11):1365-70. doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2010.160. PubMed PMID:20717129 .

Degradation of chloroaromatics by Pseudomonas putida GJ31: assembled route for chlorobenzene degradation encoded by clusters on plasmid pKW1 and the chromosome. Kunze, M, Zerlin, KF, Retzlaff, A, Pohl, JO, Schmidt, E, Janssen, DB, Vilchez-Vargas, R, Pieper, DH, Reineke, W. Microbiology (Reading, Engl.). 2009;155 (Pt 12):4069-83. doi: 10.1099/mic.0.032110-0. PubMed PMID:19744988 .

Linking postdoctoral general dentistry programs with private practice settings. Weaver, RG, Gray, CF, Friedman, PK, Maguire, K, Meckstroth, RL, Redding, SW, Retzlaff, AE. J Dent Educ. 1997;61 (3):305-11. . PubMed PMID:9085649 .

Extramural fellowship program--the Oregon model. Retzlaff, AE. J Am Coll Dent. 1995;62 (3):14-6. . PubMed PMID:7593977 .

Effects of systemic fluoride on the morphology of occlusal grooves of primary and permanent molars. Foreman, FJ, Retzlaff, AE. ASDC J Dent Child. ;57 (2):101-5. . PubMed PMID:2319052 .

Change planning and implementation at Oregon. Van Hassel, HJ, Retzlaff, AE. J Dent Educ. 1990;54 (2):131-6. . PubMed PMID:2299013 .

Opportunities for dentist preceptors. Retzlaff, AE, Van Hassel, HJ. J Oreg Dent Assoc. 1988;57 (4):14. . PubMed PMID:3216250 .

Demonstration of interproximal tooth coverage using fluoride gel. Retzlaff, AE, Bores, KW. Dent Surv. 1978;54 (2):24, 61. . PubMed PMID:273560 .

Marginal failure of amalgam in deciduous teeth: a two-year report. Mathewson, RJ, Retzlaff, AE, Porter, DR. J Am Dent Assoc. 1974;88 (1):134-6. . PubMed PMID:4520293 .

Marginal failure of amalgam restorations in primary teeth related to material selection and proximal retention. Mathewson, RJ, Retzlaff, AE, Porter, DR. J Prosthet Dent. 1973;29 (3):288-91. . PubMed PMID:4510589 .

Recent knowledge of the dental pulp and its application to clinical practice. Retzlaff, AE, Castaldi, CR. J Prosthet Dent. 1969;22 (4):449-57. . PubMed PMID:4897480 .

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