Medical School

Department of Surgery


  • MEDSURG2 - Image 690x350 - Azakie Start Announcement

    Please welcome Dr. Anthony (Tony) Azakie!

    Dr. Azakie will help to us to expand our services to include surgery for cardiac lesions, neonatal care, repair of complex congenital heart defects, and off-pump and minimally invasive treatment of congenital heart disease.

    Read more here

  • MEDSURG2 - Image  690x350 - SIMPL Lecture Fryer 91515

    Special Grand Rounds Lecture on September 15th at 7:30am in PWB 11-157

    Dr. Jonathan Fryer will be presenting "The SIMPL Study to Evaluate Operative Autonomy: Faculty and Resident Orientation and Training

    Click here for the flyer

  • MEDSURG2 - Image 690x350 - Chinnakotla quilt 2015 triple transplant

    Srinath Chinnakotla, MD performed a rare triple-organ transplant to save 8-year-old Lanah Jones

    Read about this story in the Star Tribune and the interview on KSTP-TV for more details on the incredible procedure.

    Click here for links to the full story

Upcoming Events

September 5th: Volunteer Opportunity at the Simpson Homeless Shelter

Last year many of us from the Department of Surgery came together to serve a delicious dinner to the guests at the Simpson House.  Through the generosity of the entire Department of Surgery, in addition to serving dinner we were able to make a donation to the shelter of almost $3400.  We would like to continue our outreach efforts this year.

On Saturday, September 5th, please join members of the Department in preparing, serving, and most importantly, dining with the residents of the Simpson Homeless Shelter.  If you are interested in helping with the Saluja lab for the evening, please notify Alice Nomura at

Full information here (PDF)

September 8th:

PASS Grand Rounds

Department of Surgery Calendar - All Department of Surgery Events in one Google Calendar

Watch recorded or check out upcoming Grand Rounds Presentations

Get the latest Weekly Conference Schedule for events of the week.

Latest News for the Department of Surgery

August 25th:

Department of Surgery welcomes Dr. Anthony (Tony) Azakie!

Dr. Azakie has been appointed as the new chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery and endowed professor. Dr. Azakie will serve as the codirector of the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital Pediatric Heart Center. Dr. Azakie is a highly skilled and experienced pediatric heart surgeon.

He is dedicated to building a world-class pediatric cardiovascular program, one that will be a cornerstone of the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

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July 20th:

Department of Surgery welcomes Dr. Vikas Dudeja as a Varco Endowed Fellow and Masonic Scholar

Dr. Dudeja has been appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Divisions of Surgical Oncology and Basic and Translational Research

As a surgeon scientist, Dr. Dudeja will use his expertise as a pancreatic surgeon to spearhear research into the pathophysiology and treatment of pancreatic cancer and how to devise novel therapies against it.

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June 16th:

U of M Doctor Helps to Save Girl's Life through Triple Transplant - KSTP

"Because of an enzyme defect within the liver and the kidneys, they are very prone to liver failure and kidney failure," Dr. Srinath Chinnakotla of the University of Minnesota Medical Center said.

When Lanah's liver started to fail last August, the only option was to fly her from Sioux Falls to the University of Minnesota Medical Center for advanced treatment. The first time Chinnakotla saw her, she was having multi-organ failure and was near death. He proposed a triple transplant: liver, pancreas and kidney, something that's only been done once before.

"At that point, I told the family that maybe there was a 10 percent chance that your child would survive, but it was better than zero percent," he said.

The surgery worked. After 10 months of monitoring, she's doing well.

To show their appreciation, the family gave Chinnakotla a quilt, which is a customary "thank you" for their tribe to do.

"He is our guardian angel," Jones said. "Without him, she wouldn't be here today."

Read the full story -

Another story - Star Tribune

Check out the latest Department of Surgery Weekly Newsletter.

Read more Department of Surgery News.

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Surgery Patients

To schedule an initial appointment with any of our surgeons, please dial
612-624-5915 and ask for the surgeon by name. For more information on selecting a surgeon, visit the University of Minnesota Physicians website.

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