Robert Acton, MD

Professor, Department of Surgery

Robert Acton

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-626-4214

Fax 612-624-6969

Office Address:
Pediatric Surgery
2450 Riverside Ave S
East Building, MB505
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Administrative Assistant Name
Lisa Iverson

Administrative Phone

Administrative Email

Administrative Fax Number

Professor, Department of Surgery

Medical Student Course Director, Surgery of Infants & Children

Surgery Clerkship Director, Department of Surgery

Pediatric Surgeon

M.D., University of Cincinnati School of Medicine

Residency, University of Minnesota

Fellowship, University of Minnesota (Surgical Critical Care, Surgical Endoscopy, Surgical Infectious Disease); Northwestern University (Pediatric Surgery)



  • Pediatrics
  • Surgery

Awards & Recognition

  • Minnesota Monthly "Top Doctors" (2018)
  • Mpls.St. Paul Magazine Top Doctors (2008, 2012-2015)
  • Best Doctors in America® (2007-2010 2011-2012, 2013)
  • Minnesota Surgical Society, September (1999)
  • National Research Service Award (1995-1997)
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta, Premedical Honor Society (1985)

Professional Associations

  • Alpha Epsilon Delta, Premedical Honor Society, 1985
  • Member, Minnesota Surgical Society
  • Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency
  • Surgery Clerkship Director
  • Medical Student Course Director


Research Summary/Interests

  • Stem Cell Therapies of Short Bowel Syndrome
  • Hirschsprung's Disease
  • Childhood Cancer
  • Temperature Regulation During Surgery


  • Acton RD, Hotchkiss JR, Dries DJ. Noninvasive ventilation. J Trauma 2002;53(3):593-601.
  • Abramson LP, Pillai S, Acton RD, Melin-Aldana H, Superina S. Successful orthotopic liver transplant for treatment of a hepatic yolk sac tumor. Journal of Pediatric Surgery 2005;40(7):1185-1187
  • Browne M, Abramson LP, Chou PM, Acton RD, Holinger LD, Reynolds M. Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor (inflammatory pseudotumor) of the neck infiltrating the trachea. Journal of Pediatric Surgery 2004;39(10):E1-4.
  • Barnett SJ, Saltzman DA, Stanley C, Buchwald H, Hanlon M, Acton RD, Ikramudin S. Long-term follow-up and the role of surgery in children with morbid obesity. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases.
  • Antonoff MB, Kreykes, NS, Saltzman DA, Acton RD. American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Surgery Survey Revisited. Journal of Pediatric Surgery 2005;40(6):1009-1014.



  • Neonatal surgery, Robotic assisted surgery, Intestinal Failure, Short Bowel Syndrome, Portal Hypertension

Board Certifications

General Surgery, Critical Care Medicine, Pediatric Surgery

Clinical Interests

Neonatal surgery; Robotic assisted surgery; Intestinal Failure; Short Bowel Syndrome; Portal Hypertension