Earl E. Bakken Surgical Device Symposium

November 8, 2019

The University of Minnesota’s Department of Surgery hosts the annual Bakken Symposium to highlight critical information about cutting-edge medical devices and therapies that surgeons and health care professionals need to stay up to date in their specialty.

Principles of Colon & Rectal Surgery Course

November 15-16, 2019

This course will focus on hot topics in benign and malignant colon and rectal surgery. Particularly, lectures and discussions will be focused on surgical tips aimed at addressing challenging decisions or surgical situations. Sessions will cover changing paradigms in a variety of areas such as anorectal diseases, pelvic floor disorders, colorectal cancer and benign colorectal disease, including inflammatory bowel disease.

16th Annual Bariatric Education Days: An Integrated Approach to Treating Obesity

March 19, 2020

As part of our commitment to region-wide education, we are organizing the 16th Annual Bariatric Education Days event, which will take place March 19, 2020. More information can be found on the Continuing Professional Development website.  


Past Conferences


September 26, 2019

Dr. Laura Bloomberg, host of the 2019 Rothenberger Lecture, reflected on the creation of policy that yields public value and working across sectors to advance the common good in her talk -  We, The People: Reclaiming the Public Square.

Transplant Immunosuppression 2019: Hot Topics

September 18-21, 2019

The course focused on current options for immunosuppression (and what’s in the pipeline), with particular attention to individualization of immunosuppression based on clinical and/or laboratory parameters; prevention, diagnosis and treatment of antibody-mediated rejection; improving long-term transplant outcomes; and major issues in transplant-related infectious disease, living donation, and patient-centered care.

Presented by the Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Continuing Medical Education, University of Minnesota


Honoring pioneers and celebrating 50 years of achievements since the first pancreas transplant. The first pancreas transplant patient, a young woman with advanced diabetic complications, immediately became normoglycemic and insulin-independent. The transplant was performed on December 16-17, 1966 by Drs. William D. Kelly and Richard C. Lillehei. Since then, over 30,000 pancreas transplants have been performed worldwide benefiting seriously ill diabetic patients with to without kidney failure.

John S. Najarian Lecture Panel Speakers

  • Jean-Michel (Max) Dubernard, MD,  University of Lyon, France
  • Frederick Merkel, MD, Loyola University and Rush University, Chicago, Illinois
  • Hans W. Sollinger, MD, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
  • David E.R. Sutherland, MD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota


November 16th-17th

Simulation Center
B-193 Phillips-Wangensteen Building
516 Delaware Street SE, MMC261 
Minneapolis, MN 55455

The critical care team is crucial to improved patient care and outcomes in the intensive care unit. Critical care is a multidisciplinary practice with important roles for the entire team. In many locations, the critical care team is comprised of practitioners with no additional training in critical care. This Fundamentals of Critical Care Support course is designed for the entire team and will review the basic tenets of quality critical care practice including the standardization of care and evidence-based medicine.

Course Directors

Melissa Brunsvold, MD, FACS
University of Minnesota Health
Critical Care Surgeon
Program Director, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program, University of Minnesota
Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency, University of Minnesota