• 2017 Turtle Derby Information - Postponed until June 23rd

    Turtle Derby Postponed to Friday June 23rd starting at 10am!

    The Turtle Derby has been a popular fundraiser and tradition for patients, families, providers and staff. The fundraiser provides many of the extras that make our children’s hospital a healing place with a heart.

    The 2017 Turtle Derby is being held on June 23rd at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital Grounds. Dunk Tank, Carnival Games, Turtle Merchandise, Turtle Racing, Food, Fun and more! Your turtle could be the grandest turtle of all in 2017. Sponsor one or more turtles and watch your reptile compete for the coveted title.

    The 2017 Turtle Derby logo was designed by 8-year-old Sophia Nieters, sister to University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital patient Jack. Read more about Sophia.

  • Postponed! Chainbreaker Lunch Rally now on June 29th

    This Event Has Been Postponed!  New date is June 29th!
    Join us on Thursday, June 29th at Diehl Hall Plaza at 11:30am.

    The Department of Surgery pelaton is growing but needs your support! Please attend the Sign Up/Psych Up Rally for Chainbreaker to learn how you can ride, volunteer or sponsor.

    This is an opportunity to have your questions answered, bring along your friends to sign them up for our Department of Surgery team and to get fundraising and training tips.


    Erik's Bike Shops will be onhand providing safety checks - and the physical therapists can provide suggestions for a better fit to make that 25, 50, 100, or 180 mile ride more comfortable - and safe.

    There will also be Chainbreaker prizes and computers for on the spot registrations.

  • Department of Surgery Surgeons Recognized as Top Docs

    Every year Mpls.St.Paul Magazine lists their choices of the “Top Doctors” in Minnesota. The University of Minnesota Department of Surgery is proud to announce that 18 of our very own Surgeons made this list. Our Surgeons strive to do the best that they can for their patients and this recognition reflects the exemplary work and care they provide every day.

    Click here to see our list of surgeons

    MHealth Blog Update

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.