Donavon Hess, MD, PhD, MBA

Associate Professor, Department of Surgery

Donavon Hess

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-626-4214

Fax 612-624-6969

Office Address:
Division of Pediatric Surgery
Academic Office Building
2450 Riverside Ave S, AO510
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Administrative Assistant Name
Lisa Iverson

Administrative Phone

Administrative Email

Administrative Fax Number

Associate Professor, Department of Surgery

Trauma Medical Director, Department of Surgery

Pediatric Surgeon

M.D., University of Minnesota

Residency, University of Minnesota (Surgery)

Fellowship, University of Minnesota (Surgical Endoscopy, Surgical Infectious Disease); Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo (Pediatric Surgery)

PhD, Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology Program, University of Minnesota (Microbiology)

M.B.A., University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN



  • Pediatrics
  • Surgery

Awards & Recognition

  • Masonic Mission Award - University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital (2018)
  • Minnesota Monthly "Top Doctors" (2018, 2021)
  • Best Doctors in America® (2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013)
  • 2004, Henry Buchwald Award
  • National Research Award, NIH F32 AI49686-01, 3 years

Professional Associations

Pediatric General and Thoracic Trauma Medical Director



  • Pediatric tumors
  • Neonatal surgery, Pediatric thoracic surgery
  • Esophageal Atresia
  • Pediatric Trauma

Board Certifications

Pediatric Surgery

Clinical Interests

Pediatric tumors; Neonatal surgery, Pediatric thoracic surgery; Esophageal Atresia; Pediatric Trauma