David Sutherland, MD, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Department of Surgery

David Sutherland

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-625-5609

Fax 612-624-7168

Office Address:
Transplant Surgery
420 Delaware Street SE
Mayo Mail Code 195
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Ann Marie Papas

Administrative Phone

Administrative Email

Professor Emeritus, Department of Surgery

Transplant Surgeon

M.D., University of Minnesota

Residency, University of Minnesota

Fellowship, University of Minnesota (Clinical Transplantation)


Dr. Sutherland performed the world's first living-donor partial pancreas transplant in 1979. Still one of the world's leading pancreas transplant surgeons, his specialties include pancreas and kidney transplant, pancreatic surgery and general surgery. Dr. Sutherland's clinical interests include pancreas surgery, auto islet cell transplantation for chronic pancreatitis and islet cell transplantation for diabetes.

Awards & Recognition

  • Thomas E. Starzl Prize in Surgery and Immunology, 2016
  • American Surgical Association Medallion for Scientific Achievement, 2016
  • Medawar Prize, 2012
  • Best Doctors in America®, 2011-2012.


Research Summary/Interests

  • Pancreas and Islet Transplantation
  • Immunobiology of Transplant Rejection


Board Certifications


Clinical Interests

Pancreas surgery; Auto islet cell transplantation for chronic pancreatitis; Islet cell transplantation for diabetes; Transplantation of kidney, pancreas and islets