• 7th Annual Arnold S. Leonard, M.D., Ph.D., Endowed Lecture in Pediatric Surgery

    "Leadership and Mentorship in Medicine"

    Presented by Kenneth Azarow, M.D.
    Interim Chair, Department of Surgery
    Helen B. Tracy Professor of Pediatric Surgery
    Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
    Oregon Health & Science University

    Tuesday, April 4, 2017
    7:45-8:30 a.m. Lecture
    11-157 PWB

  • Outcomes Improving for Pediatric Kidney Transplant Recipients - Health Talk

    If a child needed a kidney transplant 40 years ago, their chance of one-year survival was 85 percent.

    But a new study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons led by Srinath Chinnakotla, M.D., FACS, associate professor within the Department of Surgery at University of Minnesota Medical School, found pediatric kidney transplant patients have a near 100 percent chance of one-year survival today.

    “The outlook for infants and children with end-stage kidney disease was once dismal, with poor survival rates after transplant,” said Chinnakotla. “But many advancements, like better surgical techniques, antirejection medications and living donor protocols, have significantly improved outcomes.”

  • Heart donation changes Valentine's Day for newlyweds. Kenneth Liao, M.D., Ph.D. is interviewed

    Dr. Liao performed Aaron Rose's transplant, the 847th performed at the University of Minnesota. In the time since, the University is saving even more lives.

    "The heart is wrapped in a box and ready to go," said Dr. Liao, as he showed video of a new portable machine now being used to keep hearts beating for six to eight hours before a transplant. "This has been a totally revolutionary change."

    The U of M is one of just five hospitals using the machine. It's just the latest reason why Aaron Rose is so thankful.

    "It's a gift that somebody is giving directly," Aaron Rose said.

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.

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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.