• Bakken Symposium 2016: How Data Drives Quality, Safety and Innovation

    Presented by the University Of Minnesota Department Of Surgery, this course is designed to highlight how data is used across disciplines (clinical, insurance and industry) to drive quality improvements and innovative treatments.

    When: November 21, 2016
    Where: McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota

    Note: Early Registration Deadline is November 1st!

  • Turkey Teaser 2016 Sign-up

    Excited for Thanksgiving? Us too. Come join your colleagues for a sneak preview of the holiday meal at the Turkey Teaser Potluck on November 4.

    Whether you can’t wait for a taste of the the classic green bean casserole or just want a trial run at a new sweet potato recipe, please sign up to bring your favorite side dish or Thanksgiving trimming. Turkey and beverages will be provided courtesy of the Department of Surgery.

    And if you’re willing to divulge those secret family recipes, please forward them to kowa0167@umn.edu for distribution.  Hope to see you there!

  • Welcome to the Department of Surgery

    Our vision is to be the preeminent department of surgery in Minnesota, serving patients of the world where groundbreaking research and exceptional training come together to produce the unrivaled care that we demand for our loved ones.

    - David A. Rothenberger, MD, Chairman Department Surgery


The Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical School is dedicated to clinical excellence, pioneering research, and the education of surgical leaders.

Education & Training

UMN Aortic CenterEducational and training opportunities within the Department of Surgery range from hands-on research to in-depth graduate studies.

We offer comprehensive residency programs, a variety of surgery fellowships, several graduate degree options, and other opportunities to learn and grow in the field.

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A world-class research program: Our robust research program provides our residents and faculty the opportunity to participate in scientific discovery and clinical innovation.

The Department of Surgery has a rich history of renowned basic and clinical science research, distinguishing itself as an academic and clinical center of excellence.

Clinical Care

M Health signExceptional surgical care of our patients is our primary responsibility.  Patients' needs come first.  This requires exceptional surgeons, nurses and staff, and clinical excellence.  We treat patients as if they are our family members.