The Department of Surgery offers fellowships in six 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.

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.

Vascular Surgery

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


The University of Minnesota is one of only ten states that supports a specialized residency in rural surgery.

Surgical fellows


With the increased number of accepted organ donations, the Department can train surgical fellows to perform liver transplants by participating in roughly 50 operations yearly in high volumes for the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) for training requirements.