A Message from the Department Chair

The spirit of teamwork and excellence that defines us inspires me the most about our department. We work relentlessly to provide our patients the best possible care.

117 years ago, our department was founded to provide local surgical specialization for our region. This legacy of surgical science and innovation created the foundation for our department to become the leader in the academic and scientific surgery it is today. But none of the breakthroughs we achieve, the research we publish, and the patients' success stories we share with the community would be possible without you.

Thank you,

Sayeed Ikramuddin, MD, MHA

Chair, Department of Surgery
Jay Phillips Professor



In the early years, Dr. Owen H. Wangensteen, emphasized the importance of scientific research in medicine, a foundation that inspired pioneering surgeons to perform many of the world's 'firsts in breakthrough procedures that is our legacy. 



We are constantly learning and evolving to provide exceptional care to the populations we serve.

We recognize that an integral part of that process is understanding the history, structures, and environments within our teams, facilities, and community. Our belief is that all individuals that we care for and work with experience esteem for their backgrounds, as well as support to advance and thrive within our institution.



Research is our point of pride. Significant accomplishments across health informatics, translational, clinical, and educational exploration will create our future.




In the 1930s, the University of Minnesota was one of the first institutions to require its surgery residents to conduct laboratory research.


General Surgery Residency Program


Our mandate to inform the future of surgery demands a commitment to innovation and dedication to training the next generation of surgeon scientists. From hands-on research to in-depth graduate studies, we offer tailored track options to fit the career needs of tomorrow's leaders. 


General Surgery Resident of 2022 talks about her education & training experience >>


Thank you to our Contributors

Rich Wallin, Star Tribune “Where Discovery Creates Hope," w2 Films, Videography, www.w2films.com

Joel Morehouse Photography, www.joelmorehouse.com

Developed by: University of Minnesota Medical School, Office of Marketing & Communications 

Authored by: Alyssa Dindorf, MPS, Surgery Communications Manager & Paxton Alto, Surgery Communications Specialist