Sayeed Ikramuddin

Chair, Department of Surgery
Jay Phillips Professor


Dr. Ikramuddin is the Jay Phillips Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery. He completed his medical degree at Albany Medical College, New York, followed by a residency in General Surgery at the State University of New York, Syracuse. Dr. Ikramuddin completed fellowships at Ohio State University in minimally invasive surgery and at the University of Pittsburgh in minimally invasive foregut surgery. He was on staff at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and he was Chief of General Surgery at the VA Medical Center in Pittsburgh until his recruitment to the University of Minnesota in 2001. Dr. Ikramuddin previously held the Robert and Katherine Goodale Chair in Minimally Invasive Surgery. He has a research focus on the outcomes of type 2 diabetes following bariatric surgery and vagal nerve stimulation to produce weight loss. Academically, Dr. Ikramuddin has co-edited a textbook on laparoscopic bariatric surgery, and has authored or co-authored over 125 peer-reviewed publications. He has an interest in basic science research as it relates to the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes.

Research Summary

The effects of pneumoperitoneum on immunology The pattern of common bile duct healing after surgery Telecommunication systems to enable teleconferencing between remote sites 3-D real-time video holography

Clinical Summary

Minimally invasive general surgery; Effects of gastric bypass on type 2 diabetes mellitus


MD, Albany Medical College

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery,
Ohio State University Hospital
Residency in Surgery,
SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse College of Medicine

Honors and Recognition

Recognized as 2023 Top Doctor by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

Media Appearances

University of Minnesota awarded $21M to lead research revealing effects of vagus nerve stimulation in humans
Grants and Patents

Grants and Patents


REVEAL - Research Evaluating Vagal Excitation and Anatomical Linkages. Issued: 2022
Midwest Murine-Tissue Mapping Center (MM-TMC). Issued: 2022
Minnesota Tissue Mapping Center of Cellular Senescence. Issued: 2021
Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy for Treatment of NASH: a pilot randomized control trial. Issued: 2021



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Administrative Contact

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