Past Conferences:

Earl E Bakken Surgical Device Symposium 2018

Earl E Bakken Surgical Device Symposium 2018

The University of Minnesota’s Department of Surgery hosts an annual symposium to highlight critical information about cutting-edge medical devices and therapies that surgeons and health care professionals need to stay up to date in their specialty.

Each year we assemble a program of noted clinical experts and key industry professionals to discuss the chosen medical device and/or therapy. Additionally, participants can register for CME credits.

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Principles of Colon and Rectal Surgery

Principles of Colon and Rectal Surgery

This course will focus on controversial benign and malignant topics in colon and rectal surgery. Lectures and discussions will focus on surgical tips aimed at addressing challenging decisions and surgical situations. Sessions will also cover changing paradigms in a variety of areas such as anorectal diseases, pelvic floor disorders, colorectal cancer and benign colorectal disease, including inflammatory bowel disease. A major component of this course will be the opportunity to interact with faculty who use different protocols and have opposing points of view. These will be explored in the case-based debates throughout the course, aimed at provoking honest and informative discussions. Keynote speakers include Scott Steele, MD (Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio) and Karim Alavi, MD (UMass, Worcester, MA). New this year, each day will begin with an interactive “meet the professor” breakfast, which will allow attendees to discuss specific topics in an informal setting.

Early Registration and Hotel Deadline is October 3rd!

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Transplant Immunosuppression 2017: Achieving Long-Term Success

Transplant Immunosuppression 2017: Achieving Long-Term Success

October 11-14, 2017
The Commons Hotel, University of Minnesota Campus, Minneapolis, MN

Presented by the Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Continuing Medical Education, University of Minnesota

Course Description:

The course will focus on current trends in immunosuppressive protocols for the care of transplant recipients, particularly addressing donor specific antibody; improving outcomes utilizing specific protocols aimed to reduce common causes of graft loss; and major issues in living donation, including paired exchange.  In addition, there will be “How I Do It” sessions where experts discuss how they care for patients with specific transplant issues.  A major component of the course will be the opportunity to interact with faculty who use different protocols and have opposing points of view.  We will again offer a pre-meeting for Transplant Coordinators on the morning of October 11.

Reservations at the Commons Hotel are currently open and are $153/night.  You can book online or by calling 800-822-6757 and asking for the Transplant Immunosuppression 2017 Conference.

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Celebrating 50 Years of Pancreas Transplantation: Discovery, Innovation, and Advancement

Celebrating 50 Years of Pancreas Transplantation: Discovery, Innovation, and Advancement

Honoring pioneers and celebrating 50 years of achievements since the first pancreas transplant.  The first pancreas transplant patient, a young woman with advanced diabetic complications, immediately became normoglycemic and insulin-independent.  The transplant was performed on December 16-17, 1966 by Drs. William D. Kelly and Richard C. Lillehei.  Since then, over 30,000 pancreas transplants have been performed worldwide benefiting seriously ill diabetic patients with to without kidney failure.

John S. Najarian Lecture Panel Speakers:
  • Jean-Michel (Max) Dubernard, MD,  University of Lyon, France
  • Frederick Merkel, MD, Loyola University and Rush University, Chicago, Illinois
  • Hans W. Sollinger, MD, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
  • David E.R. Sutherland, MD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

A block of rooms has been reserved at the adjacent Commons Hotel at the rate of $153/night. Please use the following link to reserve your room or call 800-822-6757 (MPLS) and ask for the 50th Anniversary of the Pancreas Transplant.

Registration and more info:

No registration is necessary for the John S. Najarian Lecture Panel and reception. There is a dinner to follow, which is by invitation only. Please contact Erin at or 612-625-9798 with any questions about the days events.

Fundamental Critical Care Support

Fundamental Critical Care Support

November 16th-17th
Simulation Center
B-193 Phillips-Wangensteen Building
516 Delaware Street SE, MMC261
Minneapolis, MN 55455

The critical care team is crucial to improved patient care and outcomes in the intensive care unit. Critical care is a multidisciplinary practice with important roles for the entire team. In many locations the critical care team is comprised of practitioners with no additional training in critical care. This Fundamentals of Critical Care Support course is designed for the entire team and will review the basic tenets of quality critical care practice including the standardization of care and evidence-based medicine.

Course Directors:

Melissa Brunsvold, MD, FACS
University of Minnesota Health
Critical Care Surgeon
Program Director, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program, University of Minnesota
Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency, University of Minnesota

Bariatric Education Days: An Integrated Approach to Treating Obesity

Bariatric Education Days: An Integrated Approach to Treating Obesity

May 24th-25th, 2018
The Westin Edina Galleria
3201 Galleria
Edina, MN 55435

Obesity intersects with multiple dimensions of wellbeing and a comprehensive treatment approach throughout a patient’s lifespan is necessary to manage weight and improve health outcomes.

Join us for the 14th Annual Bariatric Education Days conference. This one-and-a-half day event will feature national and local experts in the field of obesity presenting research, innovations, and controversies for this complex disease.

Participants will have the opportunity to gain knowledge in this area and participate during interactive presentations and panel discussions.

Course Directors:

Daniel Leslie, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Surgery
University of Minnesota

Bridget Slusarek, RN, BSN - Allied Health Director
Program Manager
Department of Surgery
University of Minnesota

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Hot Topics in Aesthetic Dermatology and Surgery

Hot Topics in Aesthetic Dermatology and Surgery

Friday, April 20th, 2018
DoubleTree Minneapolis - University Area

This conference is ideal for dermatologists, plastic surgeons, oculoplastic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons and other physicians, nurses, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants and other interested healthcare professionals.

Key Topics

  • Lasers and Lights: Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology Overlap
  • Injectable Fillers and Neurotoxins
  • Evidence-Based Cosmeceutical Review
  • Aesthetic Pearls for Skin of Color  
  • Gender Dysphoria and Management
  • Cutaneous Surgical Pearls for the Aesthetic Patient 
  • Integration of Plastic Surgery
  • The Use of Platelet Rich Plasma in Alopecia

Keynote Presenter

Neil Sadick, MD
"Managing the Cosmetic Patient with Injectables and Cosmeceuticals in 2018"

Educational Objectives

Following completion of this activity, learners should be better able to:

  • Identify examples of appropriate referral from dermatology to plastic surgery.
  • Identify cosmetic procedures which work best for patients with skin of color.
  • Review and describe available data on PRP.
  • Explain aesthetic topicals and injectables and when they are best recommended to patients.

Provided by

University of Minnesota Medical School


Ronda Farah, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology
University of Minnesota

Umar Choudry, MD
Associate Professor, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery
University of Minnesota

For CME Information and Registration