Faculty Profile

Terrah Paul Olson, MD

Terrah Paul Olson, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology & Division of Colorectal Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine






Board Certified – General Surgery

Board Eligible – Colon and Rectal Surgery

Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery: Advanced Trauma Life Support, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, Basic Laparoscopic Procedures

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member



Dr. Terrah Paul Olson completed medical school and her general surgery residency at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. During her residency, she did two 18-month fellowships at UW, the first with mentor Richard Halberg, PhD, working on the characterization of a novel mouse model of colorectal cancer using small animal colonoscopy, and the second with mentor Margaret L. Schwarze, MD, MPP, studying issues associated with surgical decision making, conflict in the ICU, advance directives, and end-of-life care. Her fellowship in colon and rectal surgery was done at the University of Chicago Medical Center.


View Dr. Paul Olson's publications in PubMed.


  • Emory Johns Creek Hospital

  • Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

  • Emory Clinic


  • MD, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Class of 2008

  • General Surgery Residency, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, 2008-2016

  • Research Fellowship, Mentor: Richard Halberg, PhD, Development of Novel Therapies for Treatment of Colon Cancer, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, 2010-2011

  • Research Fellowship, Mentor: Margaret L. Schwarze, MD, MPP, Surgical Decision Making, Informed Consent, Advance Directives and End-of-Life Care, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, 2011-2013

  • Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship, University of Chicago Medical Center, 2016-2017

Honors and Awards

  • Emergency Department Trauma Resuscitation Award, UW Health University Hospital, 2015

  • Medical Student Teaching Award, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, 2014

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American Society for Colon and Rectal Surgery

  • American College of Surgeons

  • Association for Academic Surgery

  • Association of Women Surgeons

Clinical Interests

  • Inflammatory bowel disease

  • Crohn's disease

  • Ulcerative colitis

  • Colon cancer

  • Rectal cancer

  • Diverticular disease

  • Anorectal disorders

  • Pelvic floor disorders

  • Minimally invasive surgery

  • Laparoscopy

  • Endoscopy

  • Anal cancer

  • Hereditary colorectal cancer

Research Interests

  • Colorectal cancer in inflammatory bowel diseases

  • Palliative surgery

  • End-of-life care

  • Surgical decision-making