James Harmon

Assistant Professor, Critical Care & Acute Care Surgery


I serve as the Medical Student and Resident Site Director for General and Vascular Surgery at the University of Minnesota. My goal is to deliver clinical excellence, compassionate patient care, pioneering research, and to educate surgical leaders.

Research Summary

Experimental Stem Cell Transplantation Islet Allograft Transplantation Advances in Hepatobiliary and Minimally Invasive Surgery Patient Blood Transfusion Management Surgical Education 

Clinical Summary

Acute Care Surgery; General surgery; Minimally Invasive Surgery; Transplant Surgery; Trauma Surgery; Surgical Critical Care


PhD, University of Minnesota
PhD, University of Minnesota
MD, Mayo Medical School
BS, University of Minnesota

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Visiting Professor, Visiting Professorship
St. John's Medical College
Visiting Professor, Visiting Professorship
St. John's Medical College
Surgical Critical Care Fellowship, Fellowship
University of Minnesota
Navy Trauma Training Center, Other
USC-LAC Naval School of Health Sciences
Solid Organ Transplant Fellowship, Fellowship
University of Minnesota
Surgery Residency, Residency
University of Minnesota
Surgical Infectious Disease Postgraduate Training, Other
University of Minnesota
Postgraduate Research Fellow, Fellowship
University of Minnesota
Pathology Residency, Residency
Massachusetts General Hospital
Clinical Internship, Internship
Mary Imogene Basset Hospital

Licensures and Certifications

General Surgery Re-certification, American Board of Surgery
Surgical Critical Care Certificate, American Board of Surgery
American Board of Surgery,
National Board of Medical Examiners,
American Board of Clinical Pathology,
American Board of Anatomic Pathology,
Minnesota Medical License,
Licensure/Certification Number: #40949
DEA Practitioner Schedules 2, 2N, 3, 3N, 4, 5,

Honors and Recognition

Recognized as 2023 Top Doctor by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
Top Doctors: Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine
Top Doctors: Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine
Best Abstract of the Annual Meeting, Society for the Advancement of Blood Management Annual Meeting
Leonard Tow Faculty Humanism in Medicine Award, University of Minnesota Medical School
Top Doctors: Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine
DSI Distinguished Visitor Award, Dayanada Sagar University & Institutions
Distinguished Teaching Award, Minnesota Medical Foundation
Top Doctors: Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine
Top Doctors: Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine
Top Doctors: Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine
Distinguished Teaching Award, Minnesota Medical Foundation
Distinguished Teaching Award, Minnesota Medical Foundation
Henry Buchwald Award, Department of General Surgery
Phi Kappa Phi and Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Societies
Allis Regent Scholarship
Sigma Xi Undergraduate Fellowship

Professional Memberships

Massachusetts Association of Blood Banks
Massachusetts Medical Society
College of American Pathologists
American Medical Association
Society of Critical Care Medicine
American College of Surgeons
American Association of Blood Banks
Minnesota Surgical Society
Minneapolis Surgical Society, By-Laws and Special Projects Committee, 2021-2024
Society of American Gastrointestinal & Endoscopic Surgeons
Minnesota Academy of Medicine
American Association of Clinical Anatomists
Wangensteen Surgical Society, University of Minnesota
Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Ansite, J., Balamurugan, A. N., Barbaro, B., Battle, J., Brandhorst, D., Cano, J., Chen, X., Deng, S., Feddersen, D., Friberg, A., Gilmore, T., Goldstein, J. S., Holbrook, E., Khan, A., Kin, T., Lei, J., Linetsky, E., Liu, C., Luo, X., McElvaney, K., Min, Z., Moreno, J., O'Gorman, D., Papas, K. K., Putz, G., Ricordi, C., Szot, G., Templeton, T., Wang, L., Wilhelm, J. J., Willits, J., Wilson, T., Zhang, X., Avila, J., Begley, B., Cano, J., Carpentier, S., Holbrook, E., Hutchinson, J., Larsen, C. P., Moreno, J., Sears, M., Turgeon, N. A., Webster, D., Deng, S., Lei, J., Markmann, J. F., Bridges, N. D., Czarniecki, C. W., Goldstein, J. S., Putz, G., Templeton, T., Wilson, T., Eggerman, T. L., Al-Saden, P., Battle, J., Chen, X., Hecyk, A., Kissler, H., Luo, X., Molitch, M., Monson, N., Stuart, E., Wallia, A., Wang, L., Wang, S., Zhang, X., Bigam, D., Campbell, P., Dinyari, P., Kin, T., Kneteman, N., Lyon, J., Malcolm, A., O'Gorman, D., Onderka, C., Owen, R., Pawlick, R., Richer, B., Rosichuk, S., Sarman, D., Schroeder, A., , Senior, P. A., Shapiro AMJ, Toth, L., Toth, V., Zhai, W., Johnson, K., McElroy, J., Posselt, A. M., Ramos, M., Rojas, T., Stock, P. G., Szot, G., Barbaro, B., Martellotto, J., Oberholzer, J., Qi, M., Wang, Y., Bayman, L., Chaloner, K., Clarke, W., Dillon, J. S., Diltz, C., Doelle, G. C., Ecklund, D., Feddersen, D., Foster, E., Hunsicker, L. G., Jasperson, C., Lafontant, D. E., McElvaney, K., Neill-Hudson, T., Nollen, D., Qidwai, J., Riss, H., Schwieger, T., Willits, J., Yankey, J., Alejandro, R., Corrales, A. C., Faradji, R., Froud, T., Garcia, A. A., Herrada, E., Ichii, H., Inverardi, L., Kenyon, N., Khan, A., Linetsky, E., Montelongo, J., Peixoto, E., Peterson, K., Ricordi, C., Szust, J., Wang, X., Abdulla, M. H., Ansite, J., Balamurugan, A. N., Bellin, M. D., Brandenburg, M., Gilmore, T., Harmon, J. V., Hering, B. J., Kandaswamy, R., Loganathan, G., Mueller, K., Papas, K. K., Pedersen, J., Wilhelm, J. J., Witson, J., Dalton-Bakes, C., Fu, H., Kamoun, M., Kearns, J., Li, Y., Liu, C., Luning-Prak, E., Luo, Y., Markmann, E., Min, Z., Naji, A., Palanjian, M., Rickels, M., Shlansky-Goldberg, R., Vivek, K., Ziaie, A. S., Fernandez, L., Kaufman, D. B., Zitur, L., Brandhorst, D., Friberg, A., Korsgren, O. (2017). Purified Human Pancreatic Islets, CIT Culture Media with Lisofylline or Exenatide. CellR4-- repair, replacement, regeneration, & reprogramming, 5(3). PMID: 30613755 PMCID: PMC6319648.
Balamurugan, A. N., Loganathan, G., Bellin, M. D., Wilhelm, J. J., Harmon, J., Anazawa, T., Soltani, S. M., Radosevich, D. M., Yuasa, T., Tiwari, M., Papas, K. K., McCarthy, R., Sutherland, David E. R., Hering, B. J. (2012). A New Enzyme Mixture to Increase the Yield and Transplant Rate of Autologous and Allogeneic Human Islet Products. TRANSPLANTATION, 93(7), 693-702. doi: 10.1097/TP.0b013e318247281b.
Harmon, Jr, J. V., Edwards, W. D. (1987). Venous valves in subclavian and internal jugular veins. Frequency, position, and structure in 100 autopsy cases. The American journal of cardiovascular pathology, 1(1), 51-4. PMID: 3455235.
Vakayil, V., Bauman, B., Joppru, K., Mallick, R., Tignanelli, C., Connett, J., Ikramuddin, S., Harmon, Jr, J. V. (2019). Surgical repair of perforated peptic ulcers: laparoscopic versus open approach. Surgical endoscopy, 33(1), 281-292. PMID: 30043169 doi: 10.1007/s00464-018-6366-y.
Kandaswamy, R., Humar, A., Gruessner, A. C., Harmon, J. V., Granger, D. K., Lynch, S., Sutherland, D. E., Gruessner, R. W. (1999). Vascular graft thrombosis after pancreas transplantation: comparison of the FK 506 and cyclosporine eras. Transplantation proceedings, 31(1-2), 602-3. PMID: 10083254.
Cheek, R. F., Harmon, J. V., Stowell, C. P. (1995). Red cell alloimmunization after a bone allograft. Transfusion, 35(6), 507-9. PMID: 7770903.
Hohle, R., Wothe, J., Hillmann, B., Zantek, N., Tignanelli, C., Harmon, J., Vakayil, V. (in press, accepted 2022). Massive Blood Transfusion following Geriatric Trauma: The Effect of Blood Ratios on Mortality. Academic Emergency Medicine. doi: AEMJ-22-146.R2.
Jie, T., Harmon, Jr, J. V., Gulbahce, H. E., Gruessner, R. (2004). Intraductal papillary mucinous tumor of the native pancreas in a pancreas-kidney transplant recipient. Pancreas, 28(4), 446-9. PMID: 15097864.
Spartz, E. J., Estafanos, M., Mallick, R. M., Gaertner, W., Vakayil, V., Jahansouz, C., Aggarwal, R., Ikramuddin, S. I., Khoruts, A., Harmon, J. V. (2023). Fecal Microbiota Transplantation for Fulminant Clostridioides Difficile Infection: A Combined Medical and Surgical Case Series. Cureus, 15(2), e34998. PMID: 36938160.
Bishop, A. A., Krohn, E., Vakayil, V. R., Pribyl, K., Reding, M. T., Tignanelli, C., Harmon, J. V. (2023). A laparoscopic approach to address massive splenomegaly, symptomatic cholelithiasis, and a planned postoperative pregnancy: A case report. Clinical Case Reports, 11(1), e6831. PMID: 36703775 doi: 10.1002/ccr3.6831.
Solaiman, R. H., Irfanullah, E., Navarro, S. M., Keil, E. J., Onizuka, N., Tompkins, M. A., Harmon Jr, J. V. (2023). Rising incidence of stair-related upper extremity fractures among older adults in the United States: a 10-year nationwide analysis. Osteoporosis International, 34(7):, 1241–1248. PMID: 37093238.
Irfanullah, E. A., Chandra, A., Solaiman, R. H., Siems, C., Chethan, S., Belani, K., Harmon, J. (2023). Simulation Training in a Lower Middle-Income Country: Supporting a New Center and Developing Low-Cost Models for Critical Skill Acquisition. Cureus, 15(6), e40950. PMID: 37503495 doi: 10.7759/cureus.40950.
Solaiman, R. H., Navarro, S. M., Irfanullah, E., Zhang, J., Tompkins, M., Harmon Jr, J. (2023). Sofa and bed-related pediatric trauma injuries treated in United States emergency departments. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, 68, 155-160. PMID: 37027936 doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2023.03.055.
Iwanaga, Y., Sutherland, D., Harmon, J. V., Papas, K. K. (2008). Pancreas preservation for pancreas and islet transplantation. CURRENT OPINION IN ORGAN TRANSPLANTATION, 13(4), 445-451.
Killeen, T. F., Elfering, S. L., Riad, S. M., Linden, M. A., Leng, E. Y., Kandaswamy, R., Kizilbash, S. J., Chavers, B. M., Harmon, J. V. (2022). Nephropathic cystinosis in a kidney transplant recipient: A mesenteric lymph node demonstrates positive birefringent crystals. Human Pathology Reports, 29, 300661. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hpr.2022.300661.
Khwaja, K., Asolati, M., Harmon, J., Melancon, J. K., Dunn, T. B., Gillingham, K. J., Kandaswamy, R., Humar, A., Gruessner, R., Payne, W., Najarian, J., Sutherland, D. E., Matas, A. J. (2004). Outcome at 3 years with a prednisone-free maintenance regimen: a single-center experience with 349 kidney transplant recipients. Am J Transplant, 4(6), 980-987.
Jeddeloh, K., Velji-Ibrahim, J., Stock, E., Bulander, R., Rickard, J., Harmon, J. V. (2022). Wound infection and subsequent port-site hernia following laparoscopic appendectomy: A case report and surveillance data analysis. International Journal of Surgery Case Reports, 95, 107235. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijscr.2022.107235.
Harmon, J. V., Gruessner, A. C., Nakhleh, R. E., Zhang, K., Gruessner, R. W. (2001). Experimental short-term immunosuppression after bowel transplantation and donor-specific bone marrow infusion. Archives of surgery (Chicago, Ill. : 1960), 136(7), 817-21. PMID: 11448397.
Rickels, M. R., Eggerman, T. L., Bayman, L., Qidwai, J. C., Alejandro, R., Bridges, N. D., Hering, B. J., Markmann, J. F., Senior, P. A., Hunsicker, L. G., , C. I. T. C. (2022). Long-term Outcomes With Islet-Alone and Islet-After-Kidney Transplantation for Type 1 Diabetes in the Clinical Islet Transplantation Consortium: The CIT-08 Study. Diabetes Care, 45(12), 2967-2975. PMID: 36250905 doi: 10.2337/dc21-2688.
Faris, P. M., Ritter, M. A., Abels, R. I., Ball, G. V., Bernini, P. M., Bryant, G. L., Caperton, E. M., Christoferson, L. A., de Andrade, J. R., Engh, G., Furman, W., Harmon, J. V., Hillman, R. S., Honig, S., Incavo, S., Jove, M., Landon, G. C., Nicholls, P., Savory, C. G., Sculco, T., Slagis, S. V., Woodson, R. (1996). The effects of recombinant human erythropoietin on perioperative transfusion requirements in patients having a major orthopaedic operation. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series A, 78(1), 62-72.
Navarro, S. M., Vakayil, V. R., Solaiman, R. H., Keil, E. J., Cohen, M. W., Spartz, E. J., Tignanelli, C. J., Harmon, J. V. (2022). Risk of hospital admission related to scooter trauma injuries: a national emergency room database study. BPC Emergency Medicine, 22(150). doi: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12873-022-00711-8.
Wyler, D. J., Mattia, A. R., Harmon, J. V. (1994). A 35-year-old Ethiopian man with splenomegaly and recurrent fever. N Engl J Med, 330(11), 775-781.
Spartz, E. (Lead Author) (2022). Evaluation of abnormal gallbladder imaging findings: surgical management and pathologic correlations in early-stage gallbladder cancer. Clinical Case Reports/Wiley.
Dodhiawala, P. B., Pribyl, K., Larson, J., Vakayil, V., Chandrashekar, M., Lord, A., Welbig, J., Zantek, N. D., Martin, D., Harmon, J. V. (2023). Outcomes of 4-factor Prothrombin Complex Concentrate in Patients With Liver Disease and Nonvitamin K Antagonist-Related Coagulopathy: A Retrospective Study. Clin Appl Thromb Hemost, 29, 10760296231198038. PMID: 37649304 doi: 10.1177/10760296231198038.
Wu, C. C., Martin, D. T., Bauman, B. D., Amateau, S. K., Azeem, N., Harmon, J. V. (2022). Video-Assisted Retroperitoneal Debridement for Infected Pancreatic Necrosis: A Single Center Series, has been accepted for publication in the journal, International Journal of Surgery Case Reports. International Journal of Surgery Case Reports, 95. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijscr.2022.107254.
Foster, E. D., Bridges, N. D., Feurer, I. D., Eggerman, T. L., Hunsicker, L. G., Alejandro, R., ,, Harmon, J. V. (2018). Improved Health-Related Quality of Life in a Phase 3 Islet Transplantation Trial in Type 1 Diabetes Complicated by Severe Hypoglycemia. Diabetes Care. doi: 10.2337/dc17-1779.
Chandra, A., Harvey, L., Fardi, S., Krohn, E., Anwer, S., Harmon, J. (in press, accepted ). A vascularized emergency trauma amputation simulator for surgical skills training. Journal of Surgical Simulation, 00, 1-7. doi: 10.1102/2051-7726.2021.0005.
Mallick, R., Rank, K., Ronstrom, C., Amateau, S. K., Arain, M., Attam, R., Freeman, M. L., Harmon, J. V. (2016). Single-session laparoscopic cholecystectomy and ERCP: a valid option for the management of choledocholithiasis. GASTROINTESTINAL ENDOSCOPY, 84(4), 639-645. doi: 10.1016/j.gie.2016.02.050.
Bauman, B., Kernahan, P., Weinhaus, A., Walker, M. J., Irwin, E., Sundin, A., Yerxa, D., Vakayil, V., Harmon, J. V. (2021). An Interprofessional Senior Medical Student Preparation Course: Improvement in Knowledge and Self-Confidence Before Entering Surgical Training. Advances in medical education and practice, 12, 441-451. PMID: 33994822 PMCID: PMC8112855 doi: 10.2147/AMEP.S287430.
Bellin, M. D., Barton, F. B., Heitman, A., Harmon, J. V., Kandaswamy, R., Balamurugan, A. N., Sutherland, D. E., Alejandro, R., Hering, B. J. (2012). Potent induction immunotherapy promotes long-term insulin independence after islet transplantation in type 1 diabetes. American journal of transplantation : official journal of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, 12(6), 1576-83. PMID: 22494609 PMCID: PMC3390261 doi: 10.1111/j.1600-6143.2011.03977.x.
Wheelwright, M., Spartz, E. J., Skubitz, K., Yousaf, H., Murugan, P., Harmon, J. V. (2021). Primary angiosarcoma of the spleen, a rare indication for splenectomy: a case report. International journal of surgery case reports, 82, 105929. PMID: 33957408 PMCID: PMC8113851 doi: 10.1016/j.ijscr.2021.105929.
Mair, D. C., Eastlund, T., Rosen, G., Covin, R., Harmon, J. V., Menser, M., Carr, R., Shrwany, S. (2005). Hemolysis during percutaneous mechanical thrombectomy can mimic a hemolytic transfusion reaction. Transfusion, 45(8), 1291-4. PMID: 16078914 doi: 10.1111/j.1537-2995.2005.00208.x.
Vakayil, V., Atkinson, J., Puram, V., Glover, J. J., Harmon, J. V., Statz, C. L., Polly, D. W., Bulander, R. E. (2021). Intrawound vancomycin application after spinal surgery: a propensity score-matched cohort analysis. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine, 1-11. PMID: 33668035 doi: 10.3171/2020.8.SPINE201129.
Khwaja, K., Asolati, M., Harmon, J. V., Melancon, J. K., Dunn, T. B., Gillingham, K. J., Kandaswamy, R., Humar, A., Gruessner, R. W., Payne, W. D., Najarian, J. S., Dunn, D. L., Sutherland, D. E., Matas, A. J. (2004). Rapid discontinuation of prednisone in higher-risk kidney transplant recipients. Transplantation, 78(9), 1397-9. PMID: 15548981.
Pribyl, K., Vakayil, V., Farooqi, N., Arora, N., Kreitz, B., Ikramuddin, S., Linden, M. A., Harmon, J. (2021). Castleman disease: A single-center case series. International journal of surgery case reports, 80, 105650. PMID: 33631648 PMCID: PMC7907481 doi: 10.1016/j.ijscr.2021.105650.
Hering, B. J., Kandaswamy, R., Harmon, J. V., Ansite, J. D., Clemmings, S. M., Sakai, T., Paraskevas, S., Eckman, P. M., Sageshima, J., Nakano, M., Sawada, T., Matsumoto, I., Zhang, H. J., Sutherland, D. E., Bluestone, J. A. (2004). Transplantation of cultured islets from two-layer preserved pancreases in type 1 diabetes with anti-CD3 antibody. American journal of transplantation : official journal of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, 4(3), 390-401. PMID: 14961992.
Butterfield, J. T., Vakayil, V. R., Joppru, K., Bellin, M. D., Beilman, G. J., Harmon, J. V. (2021). Factors Associated With Morbidity Following Total Pancreatectomy and Islet Autotransplantation: A NSQIP Analysis. Transplantation proceedings, 53(2), 705-711. PMID: 33563474 doi: 10.1016/j.transproceed.2020.11.013.
Humar, A., Harmon, J. V., Gruessner, A., Kandaswamy, R., Granger, D., Zheng, C., Drangstveit, M. B., Sutherland, D., Gruessner, R. (1999). Surgical complications requiring early relaparotomy after pancreas transplantation: comparison of the cyclosporine and FK 506 eras. Transplant Proc, 31(1-2), 606-607.
Vantanasiri, K., Aby, E., Harmon, J., Madoff, R., Siems, C., Azeem, N., Freeman, M., Trikudanathan, G. (2020). Endoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Drainage of a Pelvic Abscess With a Lumen-Apposing Metal Stent. ACG case reports journal, 7(9), e00460. PMID: 33062793 PMCID: PMC7523761 doi: 10.14309/crj.0000000000000460.
Gruessner, R. W., Nakhleh, R. E., Harmon, J. V., Dunning, M., Gruessner, A. C. (1998). Donor-specific portal blood transfusion in intestinal transplantation: a prospective, preclinical large animal study. Transplantation, 66(2), 164-9. PMID: 9701258.
Vakayil, V., Chandrashekar, M., Hedberg, J., Bauman, B., Malik, S., Yerxa, D., Hendrickson, L., Kernahan, P., Hadley, M., Harmon, J. V. (2020). An Undergraduate Surgery Interest Group: Introducing Premedical Students to the Practice of Surgery. Adv Med Educ Pract, 339-349. doi: https://doi.org/10.2147/AMEP.S245234.
Arbiser, J. L., Dzieczkowski, J. S., Harmon, J. V., Duncan, L. M. (1995). Leukocytoclastic vasculitis following staphylococcal protein A column immunoadsorption therapy. Two cases and a review of the literature. Archives of dermatology, 131(6), 707-9. PMID: 7778924.
Cook, C. A., Vakayil, V., Pribyl, K., Yerxa, D., Kriz, J., Case, A., Meisel, S., Ho, T., Harmon, J. V. (2020). A Pharmacist-Driven Glycemic Control Protocol to Reduce the Rate of Severe Hypoglycemia in High-Risk Patients. Hospital Pharmacy. doi: 10.1177/0018578720973891.
Harmon, Jr, J. V., Osathanondh, R., Holmes, L. B. (1995). Symmetrical terminal transverse limb defects: report of a twenty-week fetus. Teratology, 51(4), 237-42. PMID: 7570365 doi: 10.1002/tera.1420510408.
Vakayil, V., Klinker, S. T., Sulciner, M. L., Mallick, R., Trikudanathan, G., Amateau, S. K., Davido, H. T., Freeman, M., Harmon, J. V. (2019). Single-stage management of choledocholithiasis: intraoperative ERCP versus laparoscopic common bile duct exploration. Surgical endoscopy. PMID: 31617103 doi: 10.1007/s00464-019-07215-w.
Cabot, R. C., Scully, R. E., Mark, E. J., McNeely, W. F., McNeely, B. U., Olds, G. R., Harmon, J. V. (1990). Case 49-1990: A 47-Year-Old Cape Verdean Man with Pericardial Disease. N Engl J Med, 323(23), 1614-1624.
Bauman, B. D., Witt, J. E., Vakayil, V., Anwer, S., Irwin, E. D., Kwaan, M. R., Pruett, T. L., Harmon, Jr, J. V. (2019). Cecal volvulus in long-distance runners: A proposed mechanism. The American journal of emergency medicine, 37(3), 549-552. PMID: 30057073 doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2018.07.045.
Melin, I. M., Navarro, S. M., Albersheim, J., Kasabwala, K., Weight, C., Harmon, Jr, J. V. (2021). Illeal conduit associated parastomal hernias: A novel laparoscopic top hat repair. (vol. 39, pp. 101758). Urology case reports. PMID: 34258228 PMCID: PMC8253940 doi: 10.1016/j.eucr.2021.101758.
Chandra, A., Navarro, S. M., Killeen, T. F., Nemanich, G., Harmon, J. V. (2023). Spontaneous splenic rupture due to Peliosis and the association with malignancy: A case series and literature review. International Journal of Surgery Case Reports, 110, 108676. PMID: 37633196 doi: 10.1016/j.ijscr.2023.108676.



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