Dr. Elizabeth Payne

Otology & Allergy Specialist located in Blaine, MN


Dr. Elizabeth Payne brings extensive knowledge and experience in ear, nose, and throat care to MN Ear & Sinus Center. She is the lead provider of allergy services at the clinic and has helped a multitude of patients find allergy relief throughout her years of practice.

Dr. Payne completed her medical education at the University of Iowa Medical School and her residency at the University of MN. She is certified through the American Board of Otology, Head & Neck Surgery and a Fellow through the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy.

Dr. Payne has been a practicing Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck Surgery in the Minneapolis area since 1974. She was the first board certified female otolaryngologist in the state of Minnesota and she was the first woman in Dr. Paparella’s otolaryngology residency program at the University of Minnesota.

She believes in providing compassionate care to all patients. She listens carefully to the patient’s problems and then makes sure the patient understands the choices that are available for management / treatment. She has taken care of a full range of medical and surgical otolaryngologic problems including ear surgeries, sinus surgeries, laser laryngeal surgery, parotid and neck surgery, and allergy affecting the sinuses, ears, and head and neck. She has worked closely with several neurosurgeons, performing numerous kinds of base of skull surgeries, including over 300 pituitary surgeries and numerous temporal bone and base of skull fractures.

She is well known for unraveling the relationship of allergic disease to ear and sinus problems, including Meniere’s disease, as well as the relationship of those problems to anatomic nasal and pharyngeal obstruction issues and sleep apnea.

Her evaluation of allergic disease includes an extensive history of exposure to dust mites, molds, animals, pollen, foods and chemicals. Allergy skin testing is often performed and desensitization may be used in conjunction with avoidance of the affecting allergens or chemicals. She performs a full range of ear, nose, sinus, throat, and neck surgeries as well as facial skin care management.

Since 1975 she has seen patients as a part of Affiliated Otolaryngologists, PA, first in the Oakdale Medical Building across from North Memorial Medical Center and later moving to Maple Grove, with an outreach space in Buffalo MN. She has recently joined MN Ear and Sinus in Blaine to continue her compassionate medical care of patients.

Dr. Payne was born in Detroit Michigan. Her father taught law and her mother taught German and French. Her interest in obtaining an advanced education was bred into her. Her undergraduate education was at St Olaf College Northfield, MN. She graduated from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in 1968. Her internship was at Philadelphia General Hospital. Her general surgery residency year was at the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Hospital and her otolaryngology residency was at the University of Minnesota. She completed residency in 1974. She was involved in research in the University of Minnesota Temporal Bone Lab (ear research) both during residency and after completing residency, including electron microscopy of the inner ear.



Undergraduate Training St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN major studies in chemistry/science
MD University of Iowa Carver School of Medicine, Iowa City, IA
Internship Philadelphia General Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
General Surgery Residency , Minneapolis VA Hospital, Minneapolis MN
Otolaryngology Residency, University of Minnesota Department of Otolaryngology, Minneapolis, MN


American Board of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery 1973
Fellow, American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy 1980


American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery--Fellow 1974
American College of Surgeons--Fellow 1978
American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy--Fellow 1980
Minnesota Academy of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery--President 1998-99
American Rhinological Society – Fellow
American Society for Skull Base Surgery, attendee


International Hearing Foundation, Board
Health Care Advisory Task Force - Minnesota 3rd Congressional District - 1993-2009
Carrier Advisory Committee, Medicare Part B, Minnesota - Through 2009


Affiliated Otolaryngologists PA, Robbinsdale MN, Maple Grove MN, Buffalo MN
Minnesota Ear and Sinus, Blaine MN


Special training has included extensive training in inhalant, food, and chemical allergies and sensitivities, including training under Dr. William Rea. Special base of skull surgery training was received under Dr. Ugo Fisch and Dr. Ossama Al-Mefty.

She was listed in the Outstanding Young Women in America in 1966. She was certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery in 1973. She was certified as a fellow in the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy in 1980.

Society memberships have included the Minnesota Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, the Minnesota Medical Association, the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, and the American Rhinologic Society, and the Minneapolis Academy of Medicine. Her thesis speech for admission into the Minneapolis Academy of Medicine was on the history of mastoid surgery. She was President of the Minnesota Academy of Otolaryngology in 1998. She is on the board of the International Hearing Foundation and has been for many years. She was on the 3rd Congressional District Health Care Advisory Task Force for Congressman Jim Ramstad for many years, as well as numerous North Memorial Medical Center committees. She was on the Carrier Advisory Committee for Medicare for several years.

She has a daughter and 2 grandsons. Hobbies include gardening, knitting, history, genealogy, and astronomy. Of particular interest has been studying distant cousin Wernher von Braun’s development of the Saturn rockets that took the USA to the moon in the late 60s.