Experimental Surgical Services

We specialize in research and evaluation of preclinical medical devices and surgical techniques.

As a premier pre-clinical research center, Experimental Surgical Services (ESS) is dedicated to advancing medical technology through translational research. As an integral part of the University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center, we are dedicated to educating Minnesota’s future health care professionals.

The faculty and staff of Experimental Surgical Services work to facilitate advancements in patient care through education and diligent assessment of new therapies and medical devices. 

Tradition of Innovation

ESS facilities

ESS is the birthplace of open heart surgery. Since that first procedure over sixty years ago, the faculty and staff of Experimental Surgical Services have worked to carry on the tradition of performing the highest quality research to meet the ever changing needs of patients.


Experimental Surgical Services is headed by Richard Bianco, who has more than 35 years experience in managing and performing preclinical research procedures. He is a nationally known expert on biomedical research ethics and the modeling of human disease.

Contact us

academic health centerExperimental Surgical Services is located at the heart of the Academic Health Center on the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus. 

Richard W. Bianco, Program Director
Phone: 612-625-5914
Email: bianc001@umn.edu

Peggy Norris, Lab Director
Phone: 612-624-4719
Email: norri023@umn.edu

Mignon Finn, Adminstrative Director
Phone: 612-625-8930
Email: iberx002@umn.edu

Stefanie B. Yorek, Assistant to Richard Bianco
Contact for appointment scheduling
Phone: 612-625-4937
Email: yorek001@umn.edu

Office fax: 612-626-6949