Transplant Immunosuppression 2019: Hot Topics

September 18-21, 2019

The course will focus 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

Rothenberger Lecture Series

September 26, 2019

This year's host, Dr. Laura Bloomberg, will reflect 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.

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

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.


Past Conferences


May 23rd-24th, 2019

As part of our commitment to region-wide education, we are organizing the 15th Annual Bariatric Education Days event, which will take place May 23-24, 2019. More information can be found on the Continuing Professional Development website.

80th Principles in Colon & Rectal Surgery: Hot Topics

November 2-3, 2018
McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

This course will focus on controversial benign and malignant topics in colon and rectal surgery. Lectures and discussions will focus on surgical tips aimed at addressing challenging decisions and surgical situations. Sessions will also 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. A major component of this course will be the opportunity to interact with faculty who use different protocols and have opposing points of view. These will be explored in the case-based debates throughout the course, aimed at provoking honest and informative discussions. Keynote speakers include Scott Steele, MD (Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio) and Karim Alavi, MD (UMass, Worcester, MA). New this year, each day will begin with an interactive “meet the professor” breakfast, which will allow attendees to discuss specific topics in an informal setting.

Conference Program


The University of Minnesota’s Department of Surgery hosts an annual 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.

Each year we assemble a program of noted clinical experts and key industry professionals to discuss the chosen medical device and/or therapy. Additionally, participants can register for CME credits.


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


Friday, April 20th, 2018

DoubleTree Minneapolis - University Area
511 Huron Blvd SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

This conference is ideal for dermatologists, plastic surgeons, oculoplastic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons and other physicians, nurses, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants and other interested healthcare professionals.

Key Topics

  • Lasers and Lights: Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology Overlap
  • Injectable Fillers and Neurotoxins
  • Evidence-Based Cosmeceutical Review
  • Aesthetic Pearls for Skin of Color  
  • Gender Dysphoria and Management
  • Cutaneous Surgical Pearls for the Aesthetic Patient 
  • Integration of Plastic Surgery
  • The Use of Platelet Rich Plasma in Alopecia

Keynote Presenter

Neil Sadick, MD
"Managing the Cosmetic Patient with Injectables and Cosmeceuticals in 2018"

Educational Objectives

Following completion of this activity, learners should be better able to:

  • Identify examples of appropriate referral from dermatology to plastic surgery.
  • Identify cosmetic procedures which work best for patients with skin of color.
  • Review and describe available data on PRP.
  • Explain aesthetic topicals and injectables and when they are best recommended to patients.

Provided By

University of Minnesota Medical School


Ronda Farah, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology
University of Minnesota

Umar Choudry, MD
Associate Professor, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery
University of Minnesota