The John S. Najarian Symposium: The Past, Present and Future of Surgery & Transplantation

najarian symposium

The John S Najarian Symposium: The Past, Present and Future of Surgery & Transplantation


This symposium and course honor the work and life of Dr. John Najarian (1927-2020). Dr. Najarian served as the Departmental Chair of Surgery at the University of Minnesota from 1967-1993 and is remembered as being one of the greatest innovators in immunological science and surgery. 

Format: Hybrid; in-person attendance at Coffman Theatre or attend the Live Webinar – *CME Course & Evening Gala 

Date: Friday, May 20, 2022

Time: 7:30 AM to 3:00 pm

Location: Coffman Theater and as a Live Webinar, Minneapolis, Minn.


At the conclusion of this course, learners should be able to:

  • Review the history of surgical innovations and transplantation during the “Najarian Era” (1967-1993)
  • Discuss gaps in understanding and patient care that continue today
  • Discuss the evolution of immunology to better understand depletional induction, its effects on the immune system and future immunosuppression strategies
  • Review strategies for organ preservation and discuss the future optimization of organ use
  • Describe the strategies to overcome organ scarcity that are being employed
 *This activity offer AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and ANCC contact hours; see full accreditation language here.

Important COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols
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We are continuing to monitor all COVID-19 public health and safety guidelines and will continue to update our guidelines for this event. As part of the University of Minnesota Medical School and in an effort to  ensure the safety of everyone in attendance, masks are strongly encouraged. 

We will continue to be in communication between now and the event. If you have any immediate questions, please contact Stephanie Taylor (, #612-625-5151).


Friday, May 20, 2022 - 7:30am to 3:00pm