Our clinic and pediatric specialists, located on the University of Minnesota campus, are part of the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.

We offer a multidisciplinary approach to care, with a team that includes physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, nurses, psychologists, nutritionists, child family life specialists and other professionals who are especially attuned to the medical and emotional needs of young people.

Our Mission
  1. To be the prememinent Division of Pediatric Surgery in Minnesota 
  2. Serving our patients and their families with exceptional care and compassion
  3. To be on the cutting edge of health care and medical research

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Professor & Chief: 
Daniel A. Saltzman, MD, PhD

Robert D. Acton, MD

Associate Professor:
Donavon J. Hess, MD, PhD, MBA

Assistant Professor:
Bradley J. Segura, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor:
Randi L.S. Lassiter, MD

Melanie Hanlon, RN, MA, CPNP
Megan Hilden Rondeau, RN, CPNP

Conditions We Treat

Birth Defects

  • Abdominal wall defects
  • Cloaca
  • Diaphragmatic hernias
  • Esophageal atresia and fistula
  • Gastroschisis
  • Intestinal Disorders (atresia, Hirschsprung's disease, anorectal malformations, and short-gut syndrome with intestinal rehabilitation)
  • Omphalocele

Chest Deformities

  • Pectus carinatum
  • Pectus excavatum
  • Polan's syndrome

Complex liver shunts


Intestinal disorders

Lung disorders

  • Congenital cystic adenoid malformation of the lung (CCAM)
  • Congenital lobar emphysema
  • Tumors

Portal vein hypertension

Spleen disorders requiring removal

Traumatic injuries


  • Neuroblastomas
  • Sarcomas
  • Teratomas
  • Wilm's tumor

Vascular anomalies

Project Stealth

Project Stealth is re-engineering cancer therapy.

Research being conducted by Dr. Daniel A. Saltzman at the University of Minnesota is focusing on a new and potentially breakthrough therapy in the fight against cancer. This therapy uses altered or "attenuated" salmonella bacteria to deliver anti-cancer drugs directly to tumor cells. The early phases of this research have been highly successful, but before this therapy can be used to treat cancer patients, more work and research need to be done.


Chief of Pediatric Surgery:
Dan Saltzman, M.D., Ph.D. 

Director of Pediatric Surgical Research Lab:
Lance Augustin, Ph.D.

Visit ProjectStealth.org for more information.


Project News 

Project Stealth featured in Minnesota Medicine article

Dr. Saltzman describes his creative methods to securing funding for an innovative treatment to cancer.  Through crowdsourcing, Dr. Saltzman has raised $175,000 of the $500,000 needed to complete the research required to file an Investigational New Drug application with the Food and Drug Administration

Read the full article

Project Stealth featured in TEDx Talk at Carlton College

Dr. Saltzman describes the challenges of treating cancer and a novel solution that he hopes can lead to a cure.

Dr. Saltzman featured in Project Stealth articles

'So Saltzman has teamed up with an entrepreneur in the television industry and Twin Cities advertising and public relations professionals to make an unusual direct appeal to the public. In the process, he’s helping to bring so-called crowdsourcing to the field of medical research.'

Read more at StarTribune.com

'Dr. Daniel Saltzman first heard of using salmonella to combat disease while working in a lab as a graduate student. Twenty years later, the chief of pediatric surgery at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital has made a remarkable finding: because salmonella, food-borne bacteria, is naturally drawn to cancers, it can be a potent weapon against the deadly disease. When he is not performing surgeries or administrative duties, Saltzman is working to move salmonella to the marketplace as an effective, cheaper and less toxic therapy than what is currently available.'

Read more at TwinCities.com

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Turtle Derby

Turtle Derby a hit for University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital community

"Digs" the turtle outwitted the competition, stormed to victory and claimed the title "Grandest Turtle of All" at our 31st annual Turtle Derby, held June 23 on the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital grounds. 

The Turtle Derby is a free-to-attend fundraising event for the hospital community and members of the public. It helps provide many of the extras that make our children's hospital a healing place for our patients and families. Each year, individuals families, hospital staff and others all sponsor one or more racing turtles. In the past, this sponsorship money has funded the purchase of hearing aid support supplies, end-of-life memory-making activities, books, anxiety-reducing toys for our pediatric clinics, musical instruments, artwork for our patient rooms and a variety of other items used directly by our patients and families. This year, the winning turtle was sponsored by the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital Health Information Management team—which also entered 15 other racing turtles in the derby!

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The Turtle Derby has been a popular fundraiser and tradition for patients, families, providers and staff. The fundraiser provides many of the extras that make our children’s hospital a healing place with a heart.

Your turtle could be the grandest turtle of all in 2017. Sponsor one or more turtles and watch your reptile compete for the coveted title.


Dawn Stahlmann from Fairview leads efforts around the Turtle Derby (dstahlm1@fairview.org).

Clinic Locations

M Health Fairview Pediatric Specialty Clinic- Discovery
Minneapolis, Minn.

M Health Fairview Pediatric Specialty Clinic- Burnsville
Burnsville, Minn.

M Health Fairview Clinic- Maple Grove
Maple Grove, Minn.

M Health Fairview Pediatric Specialty Clinic - Woodbury
Woodbury, Minn

St. Paul, Minn. 

Hennepin Healthcare (HCMC)
Minneapolis, Minn.


Clinic Scheduling: #612-624-6962
Administrative Phone: #612-626-4214
Administrative Fax: #612-624-6969

Mailing Address

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