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  • MEDSURG2 - Image 690x350 - 2015 Thoracic Guest Lecture DeMeester

    Thoracic and Foregut Surgery Guest Lecture on August 4th

    Tom R. DeMeester, M.D., will be presenting "Antireflux Surgery: Past, Present, and Future".  The lecture starts at 7:00am in PWB 11-157.

    Click here for the downloadable link

  • MEDSURG2 - Image 690x350 - August Employee Recognition Carol Ann Dickenson

    Congratulation to Carol Ann Dickenson on winning the Department of Surgery Employee Recognition Award!

    "Carol Ann was an outstanding contributor for the recent T32 in Pancreatology grant submission," wrote Lisa Rogers in her nomination letter.

    Read the full story here

  • MEDSURG2 - Image 690x350 - Choudry Leadership appointment 2015

    Congratulations to Umar H. Choudry on his leadership appointment

    Dr. Choudry has been appointed at Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  He will continue to serve as the Associate Program Director for the Plastic Surgery Fellowship program.

    Click here for Dr. Choudry's profile

  • 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

August 4th, 7:00am-8:30am: Grand Rounds

Thoracic and Foregut Surgery Invited Guest Lecture

Antireflux Surgery: Past, Present, and Future

Presented by Tom R. DeMeester, M.D.

Professor and Chairman Emeritus
Department of Surgery
Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California

Case Presentations

Presentations by Nkem Aziken, M.D. and Ilitch Diaz Gutierrez, M.D.

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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

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

June 1st:

Surgery-Free Appendicitis Treatment Growing In Popularity - CBS

University of Minnesota surgeon Dr. Michele Loor wasn’t Augustyniak’s doctor but she knows a lot about appendectomies. “This hospital, I’d say we encounter it two to three times a week,” she said.

“I think a lot of surgeons feel you might as well just get rid of it and not have to worry about it,” Loor said.

“For the most part it’s someone healthy: college students, young adults who really have no medical issues and then all of a sudden develop abdominal pain,” she said.

Read the full story - CBS

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