The Department of Surgery offers fellowships in seven specialty areas.

Cardiothoracic Surgery

This fellowship offers two different tracks: cardiothoracic or general thoracic.

Colon & Rectal Surgery

The University of Minnesota has over a 50-year tradition of training surgeons in the specialty of colon and rectal surgery. 

Congenital Cardiac Surgery

This Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship program focuses on a greater educational opportunity around inpatient post-operative care management.

Independent Vascular Surgery

Fellows receive training in open vascular surgery, endovascular procedures, and medical management of patients with routine and complex non-cardiac vascular disease.

Minimally Invasive Surgery/Bariatrics

The goal of this program is to train fellows to think critically about the balance between the risks of the procedures that we perform and the benefits for patients.

Surgical Critical Care

This program offers a comprehensive combination of clinical experiences and research opportunities for fellows to apply new advances in critical care.


This fellowship has served as the prototype for the development of transplant fellowships throughout the country.