James Valentine, M.D.

Division of Vascular Surgery,

James Valentine

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-625-1485

Fax 612-626-4150

Office Address:
Phillips-Wangensteen Building
Floor 1
516 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Mailing Address:
Division of Vascular Surgery
Department of Surgery
420 Delaware Street S.E.
MMC 195
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Shameka Gherau

Administrative Phone

Administrative Email

Administrative Fax Number

Division of Vascular Surgery

Vascular Fellowship Program Director

MD, Emory University, 1980

Residency, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center / Parkland Memorial Hospital, 1985

Fellowship, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center / Parkland Memorial Hospital, 1986

BA, Vanderbilt University, 1976


Dr. James Valentine, Professor of Surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, is a vascular surgeon who has spent a career in surgical education. He is dedicated to clinical excellence, teaching, and research, having authored over 180 journal articles, 25 book chapters and a classic textbook on the anatomy of vascular exposure. His national leadership roles have included serving as a Director on the American Board of Surgery, member of the Vascular Surgery Board, Governor of the American College of Surgeons, and member of the Residency Review for Surgery. Dr. Valentine has served as president of the Western Surgical Association, the Southern Association for Vascular Surgery and the Association for Program Directors in Surgery


Evaluation and management of cerebrovascular disease, aneurysms, mesenteric and renal disease, lower extremity occlusive disease, and venous disease. Includes open operations, endovascular therapy and medical management.

Awards & Recognition

  • Arnold P. Gold Foundation, Gold Humanism Honor Society 2009
  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s
  • Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award 2009
  • Alvin Baldwin, Jr. Endowed Chair in Surgery 2008-2014
  • Frank H. Kidd, Jr., MD Distinguished Professorship in Surgery 2002-2008
  • Best Doctors in America 2003-2018

Professional Associations

  • Member, Residency Review Committee for Surgery
  • Senior member, American Board of Surgery
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Association of Program Directors in Surgery
  • Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery
  • American Surgical Association
  • Society for Vascular Surgery
  • Southern Association for Vascular Surgery
  • Southern Surgical Association
  • Western Surgical Association


Research Summary/Interests

Premature atherosclerosis, aortic dissection, aortic graft infection, surgical education


  1. Potts, J.R., Valentine, R.J.Declining resident experience in open vascular operations threatens the status of vascular surgery as an essential content area of general surgery training. Ann Surg (In Press, 2018)
  2. Valentine, R.J. Presidential Address: The hidden cost of medicine. J Am Coll Surg 2017; 225: 1-8.
  3. Valentine, R.J., Boll, J.M., Hocking, K.M., Curci, J.A., Garrard, C.L., Brophy, C.M., Naslund, T.C. Aortic arch involvement worsens the prognosis of type B aortic dissections. J Vasc Surg 2016; 64: 1212-18.
  4. Valentine, R.J., Rhodes, R.S., Jones, A., Biester, T.W. and Members of the Vascular Surgery Board of the American Board of Surgery. Evolving Patterns of Vascular Surgery Care in the United States: A Report from the American Board of Surgery. J Amer Coll Surg 2013; 216: 886-893.
  5. Valentine, R.J., Jones, A., Biester, T.W., Cogbill, T.H., Borman, K.R., Rhodes, R.S. General surgery workloads and practice patterns in the United States, 2007-2009: A ten year update from the American Board of Surgery. Ann Surg 2011; 254: 520-6.


Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery

Clinical Interests

Cerebrovascular disease, aortic aneurysms, mesenteric ischemia, and peripheral arterial disease