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Rose Arwen Knudsen, MD


Dr. Knudsen is a board-certified family physician and hospitalist at Boulder Community Health—Foothills Hospital, Boulder, Colorado. With an interest in all things cultural and medical, she has studied, worked and volunteered around the world from Germany to England, Honduras, Chicago, Hawaii, Seattle and Maine.

Originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, Dr. Knudsen received her MD from the Charité-Universitätsmedizin in Berlin, Germany—one of Europe’s largest and most renowned university hospitals. While at medical school, she was selected for a highly competitive exchange with Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her residency at Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine in Augusta, Maine. Additionally, she completed an integrative medicine certification through the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine that included time at the Koa Clinic in Kailua, Kona.

Having received her Bachelor of Arts in anthropology, Dr. Knudsen continues to have a special interest in medical anthropology as it connects her cultural and medical passions with her natural curiosity and desire to examine the ways that healthcare issues are influenced by culture and society. As a part of her thirst for culture and knowledge she enjoys reading, travel and learning new languages. She, her husband and two children enjoy climbing, hiking, camping, skiing and adventuring.

Philosophy of Care
Dr. Knudsen believes that access to healthcare is a fundamental human right. She volunteers time internationally to work toward making this a global reality.

  • College
  • University of Washington
    Seattle, WA
  • Teaching Certificate for English as a Foreign Language
    Seattle, WA
  • Medical School
  • Charité-Universitätsmedizin