• Welcome Varvara A. Kirchner, M.D. as Assistant Professor in the Division of Transplatation Surgery!

    A 2013 graduate of the University of Minnesota surgical residency program, Dr. Kirchner returns to the Department of Surgery as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Transplantation Surgery.

    After graduation, Dr. Kirchner completed a fellowship in multi-organ transplant surgery (2013-2015) at the University of Minnesota.  Most recently, she was a Fellow and International Visiting Scholar in the Living Donor Liver Transplantation and HPB Surgery at Asan Medical Center and University of Ulsan, Seoul, South Korea.

    Dr. Kirchner's clinical interests include living and deceased donor liver transplantation, hepatopancreaticobiliary surgery, pediatric and kidney transplantation. She focuses her research on liver and islet transplantation, hepatocellular carcinoma, ischemia reperfusion injury and modulation of morphine receptors by long-term opioid therapy.

  • We're celebrating 110 years!

    The Department of Surgery is celebrating 110 years of achieving the extraordinary in clinical care, research and education.

    An interactive timeline on our legacy of disruptive innovation, as well as how, today, we're working to develop that next first.

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  • Proving the theory

    Lead researcher Bernhard J. Hering, M.D., confirms that pancreatic islet cell transplantation can benefit people who have difficult-to-control type 1 diabetes

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.