Sayeed Ikramuddin, MD, MHA

Chair, Department of Surgery,

Sayeed Ikramuddin

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-2478

Fax 612-625-3206

Mailing Address:
GI/Bariatric Surgery
420 Delaware St SE, MMC 195
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Orit Ackerman

Administrative Phone

Administrative Email

Chair, Department of Surgery

Jay Phillips Professor

Weight Loss Surgeon, Bariatric Surgeon, General Surgeon

MD, Albany Medical College

Residency in Surgery, SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse College of Medicine

Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery, Ohio State University Hospital


Dr. Ikramuddin is the Jay Phillips Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery. He completed his medical degree at Albany Medical College, New York, followed by a residency in General Surgery at the State University of New York, Syracuse. Dr. Ikramuddin completed fellowships at Ohio State University in minimally invasive surgery and at the University of Pittsburgh in minimally invasive foregut surgery. He was on staff at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and he was Chief of General Surgery at the VA Medical Center in Pittsburgh until his recruitment to the University of Minnesota in 2001. Dr. Ikramuddin previously held the Robert and Katherine Goodale Chair in Minimally Invasive Surgery. He has a research focus on the outcomes of type 2 diabetes following bariatric surgery and vagal nerve stimulation to produce weight loss.

Academically, Dr. Ikramuddin has co-edited a textbook on laparoscopic bariatric surgery, and has authored or co-authored over 125 peer-reviewed publications. He has an interest in basic science research as it relates to the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes.


  • Surgery
  • Weight Management

Awards & Recognition

  • Mpls.St. Paul Magazine Top Doctors (2016)
  • Guest Speaker at the NIH: “Vagus Nerve Blockade for the Treatment of Obesity and Its Co-morbid Illnesses” and “Vagal Nerve Blockade and Other Peripheral Nervous System Therapies for Obesity Treatment” (2015)
  • Mpls.St. Paul Magazine Top Doctors (2012-2015)
  • Medical Staff Clinical Care Award, University of Minnesota Medical Center (2010)
  • Elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America® (2003-2016)

Professional Associations

  • American Surgical Association
  • Central Surgical Association
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery


Research Summary/Interests

  • The effects of pneumoperitoneum on immunology
  • The pattern of common bile duct healing after surgery
  • Telecommunication systems to enable teleconferencing between remote sites
  • 3-D real-time video holography



  • Minimally invasive general surgeryPediatric bariatric surgeryEffects of gastric bypass on type 2 diabetes mellitus

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Obesity Medicine

Clinical Interests

Minimally invasive general surgery; Effects of gastric bypass on type 2 diabetes mellitus