Employee Recognition


Each day, our actions influence others and demonstrate the department’s mission, vision, and values on a personal level. Whether it’s in a classroom, laboratory, clinic, hospital, office or cubicle, you’ll find examples of hard work that exemplifies these traits. Now, it’s time to acknowledge these efforts.

At the end of each month, two Employee Recognition Awards will be given out—one for staff and one for faculty, fellows, and residents. All department of surgery employees will be able to nominate another employee in the department, including the Surgical Administrative Center, using the program nomination form (see attached pdf file).

Start thinking about who you’d like to nominate today! Completed nomination forms should be sent to Michelle Lunden.

July 2015 Award Winner: Carol Ann Dickenson

Carol Ann DickensonCarol Ann Dickinson attention to detail, perseverance and cheerful approach to a very time-sensitive and labor intensive project is why she was nominated and awarded 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. “As part of the application preparation team, she undertook the collection and verification of the extensive data needed for the 130 pages of tables. This data is not centrally located or easily obtained which Carol Ann diligently tracked down and verified.” This application, if awarded, will support 2-4 surgical residents during their research years and will continue to support our pancreatic disease research.

Carol Ann is a native of the Twin Cities, a graduate of Robbinsdale High School and the University of Minnesota with a BA in American Studies. She also graduated with an AA in Occupational Therapy from St. Mary's College, now part of St. Catherine's.

“The University of Minnesota has been a part of my life as far back as I can remember starting with attending Gopher Football games at the old Memorial Stadium (pre Metrodome),” says Carol Ann. “I worked several other places before landing at the University, but my career really has been here.”

Carol Ann’s career at UMN includes 11 years coordinating special programs for teachers, high school students and other small group-short sessions for the Summer Session Office. Prior to joining the Department of Surgery for 15 years she held a combined appointment, 50% in the College of Pharmacy, Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology Graduate Program and 50% for the Center for Excellence in Critical Care, housed in Weaver-Densford Hall.

In September of 2014, the Department of Surgery was fortunate to have Carol Ann on a 75% appointment and she recently moved to full time appointment on July 1, 2015. In her current role she works with Greg Beilman, M.D. in his many roles as Deputy Chair of Surgery, Owen H. and Sarah Davidson Wangensteen Chair in Experimental Surgery, Chief, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery and Medical Director, Fairview System ICU Program and the Director for the Center of Excellence in Critical Care. Understandably she says, “It keeps me busy."

Carol Ann has two children, one living in St. Paul and the other in Pittsburgh, PA. She has five wonderful grandchildren (3 girls, 2 boys) who she sees every chance their schedules allow.

See past award winners

See past award winners

July 2015:

  • Carol Ann Dickenson

May 2015:

  • Christopher Chow, M.D.

January 2015:

  • Kathleen Olakunle

September 2014:

  • Jonathon Berger, PA-C

January 2014:

December 2013:

September 2013:

  • Garry D. Weide, M.D.
  • Sherri Novitsky

June 2013:

  • Ryan C. Shelstad, M.D., Medical Resident
  • Ann Lavalee

April 2013:

  • Staff Award: Lisa Iverson