From groundbreaking to the first patient, the new surgical suite, or “T-Suite,” at M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center took a little over a year to construct, but the concept of melding clinical technology and research technology had been evolving for decades.

The University of Minnesota Medical School is a leading center in a multi-institutional study investigating the safety and efficacy of an innovative viral immunotherapy for recurrent glioblastoma.

Last month, as part of the Minnesota-wide “Give to the Max Day,” more than 175 donors joined together to raise over $36,000 in support of the Medical School, including $23,000 for student scholarships.

Marina Richtsfeld, MD was always interested in the sciences growing up, and when choosing her career, she decided to use her skills as a detail-oriented people-person to become a first-generation pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Three University of Minnesota Medical School fourth-year students are advocating for change surrounding the negative perceptions of mental health among healthcare providers and trainees. Their goal is to transform the ideations of mental health in the medical field, starting with the language used in credentialing and board licensing processes.

Rebecca Shlafer, PhD, MPH, an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, recently received notice of her appointment to the Children’s Cabinet Advisory Council. Her research on the intersections of criminal justice and health and their impact on child wellbeing make her the perfect candidate for a state-led team focused on “placing children at the center of government.”

This past year we have been pleased to welcome 13 faculty members to the Department of Surgery. Each of these new faculty members are accomplished surgeons and researchers in their fields.

Kaylee Schwertfeger, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, and Emily (Irey) Jesser, a graduate student, work on a team determined to discover new information leading to better treatments for breast cancer using a non-tumor cell and the body’s immune system.

At a recent awards ceremony in Minneapolis, the Minnesota High Tech Association announced the 2019 winners of Tekne Awards for Technical Innovation. 

U of M Medical School researchers Lucie Turcotte, MD, and Joseph Neglia, MD, MPH, conducted a study that looked at childhood cancer survivors treated with different classes of chemotherapy. The goal was to understand on a deeper level how patients were affected if radiation was removed from treatment.


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