Henry Buchwald, MD, PhD

Professor, Department of Surgery

Henry Buchwald

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Office Phone 612-625-5401

Fax 612-625-3206

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware Street SE,
Mayo Mail Code 195,
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Chrissy Johnson

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Professor, Department of Surgery

Metabolic/Bariatric and General Surgeon

M.D., Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Residency, University of Minnesota (Surgery)

PhD, University of Minnesota


Professor of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Buchwald earned his B.A. at Columbia College, New York, in 1954, graduating first in his class. He earned his M.D. at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, graduating at the top of his class in 1957. He then interned at the Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. After two years as Chief Flight Surgeon, SAC, U.S. Air Force, he completed his residency training at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, earning his M.S. (Biochemistry) and Ph.D. (Surgery) degrees. Buchwald joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota in 1966. Among the numerous awards and honors Buchwald has received in recognition of his clinical and scholarly accomplishments are the following: Phi Beta Kappa, 1953; Valedictorian, Columbia College 1954; graduating Summa Cum Laude, 1954; Alpha Omega Alpha, 1956; Shearing Award, 1957; First Clinical Research Award, Minnesota Surgical Residents Society, 1966; Phi Lambda Upsilon Honorary Chemistry Fraternity, 1966; Samuel D. Gross Award, Philadelphia Academy of Surgery, 1967; Sigma Xi, 1968; Distinguished Service Award, Association for Academic Surgery, 1976; Inventor of the Year Award and induction into the Minnesota Inventors Hall of Fame, 1988; Outstanding Achievement Award, Minnesota Medical Alley, 1989; First Annual Clinical Scholar Award, University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic and Medical School, 1991; and elected to membership in the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center’s Academy for Excellence in Health Research, 2015.
Buchwald is a distinguished member of the major national and international societies in surgery and in his specific interest areas of obesity management, atherosclerotic coronary heart disease, and implantable artificial internal organs. He has served as Chair of the Surgical Council of the American College of Nutrition (1976); Secretary-General and Chair of the International Study Group for Implantable Insulin Delivery Devices (1984-1992); President of the Central Surgical Association (1997-98); President of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery (1998-1999); and President of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity (IFSO) (2003-2004). In 2014, he was inducted as an Honorary Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.


  • Weight Management
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Type 2 Diabetes

Awards & Recognition

  • Honored with a plaque on the University of Minnesota’s Wall of Discovery on the Scholars Walk, 2016
  • Plaque on University of Minnesota Medical School’s Wall of Scholarship, recognizing highly cited work of scholarship for paper: Buchwald H, et al: A systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA 2004; 292(14):1724-37; October 23, 2014
  • Elected to membership in the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center’s Academy for Excellence in Health Research, September 1, 2015
  • Tribute to Dr. Henry Buchwald, Senate Congressional Record (1991)
  • Member, University Senate (1993-1996)
  • Member, Governor's Board of Invention (1993-1994)
  • Harold S. Diehl Award, University of Minnesota Medical Alumni Society (2002)
  • Member, State High Technology Board (1992)

Professional Associations

  • First President, Owen H. Wangensteen Surgical Society, 2006-2010
  • President, International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity (IFSO), 2003-2004
  • President, American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS) (1998-1999)
  • Chair, Obesity Coalition (1999-2004)
  • Chairman, Credentials Committee, University of Minnesota Hospitals (1980-1992)
  • Chairman, International Study Group on Diabetes Treatment with Implantable Insulin Delivery Devices (1989-1993)
  • President, Central Surgical Association (1997-1998)
  • President, Minnesota Inventors Hall of Fame (1989-1991)


Research Summary/Interests

  • Obesity Management
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Oxygen Transport
  • Hyperlipidemia Management
  • Atherogenesis Mechanisms
  • Implantable Infusion Pump Technology




  • Bariatric surgery, Bariatric Surgery in Adolescence, Gastric bypass, Vertical banded gastroplasty, Duodenal switch procedure, Revisional bariatric surgery, Sleeve gastrectomy, Colon cancer, Gastrointestinal cancer

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