Latest Surgery Update Edition: June 19th, 2017

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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. Below is a list of all the UMN Surgeons that made the list in their respective fields:

Cardiac Surgery

aizer has developed and implemented a new AAA screening program

MHealth Blog - June 9th, 2017

Stuart Harder wasn’t expecting a follow-up phone call from his doctor after a routine check-up. Nor was he expecting that doctor to tell him that he needed surgery on a potentially life-threatening abdominal aortic aneurysm.

“I just remember thinking, what the heck is going on here?” Harder said, reflecting on the experience.

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The American College of Surgeons recently conducted an on-site review of University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC), resulting in their recommendation of a two-year extension of the East Bank UMMC Level II Trauma Designation. The review included examination of the University of Minnesota Health process improvement initiatives and patient case reviews. 

Image of Julia Davydova, M.D. in the lab

What do the common cold, sodium, and pigs have in common?

If research led by Masons-funded faculty member Julia Davydova, M.D., Ph.D., is successful, together the three may be the key to fighting pancreatic cancer.

Last November, Harder says his doctor discovered he had had an aortic aneurysm in his stomach.

“For me it was a little unusual because I didn’t have any symptoms,” he said. “It would’ve cost me my life.”

And that’s normal, people don’t always have symptoms. 

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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.

Dr. Kenneth Liao Heart Care KSTP Story

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."

National Donor Day is February 14

John Najarian, MD and the Department of Surgery played an important role in developing national legislation and raising national awareness about organ transplantation. In 1982, Najarian and his surgical team transplanted a liver from a deceased donor into Jamie Fiske, an 11-month- old born with biliary atresia.  Her father, Charles Fiske, a budget director for Boston University School of Medicine’s department of psychiatry, tirelessly promoted his daughter’s need for an organ donor.