Surgery Update

July 9th



General Surgery Residents - Class of 2021

Congratulations General Surgery Residents - Class of 2021 

Ariella Altman, MD, MS, Kaustav Majumder, MD, Maxwell H Busch, MD, Phillip Mercier, MD, Amro Wafi, MD, Keith M. Wirth, MD, MS


Air Force Reserve pilot, grounded after diagnosis, returns to the sky: “Everyone can be resilient.’

Dr. Wolfgang Gaertner – WCCO

Minnesota pilot is first to return to Air Force flight duty after losing colon.

Minneapolis Star Tribune   

Dr. Nick Ingraham

Minnesota makes progress in closing gap on COVID-19 vaccine disparities

Dr. Nick Ingraham shares retrospective study with  Star Tribune  The Medical News, and Medical Xpress and Fox 9 on how, regardless of socioeconomic status, non-English speaking and race or ethnicity remain the highest risk factors for severe COVID-19. 


Tinen Iles, PhD was appointed as a member of the graduate faculty in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and was just voted in as a contributing member to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers VVUQ 40 subcommittee. 


Dr. Chris Tignanelli

2021 Health Care Heroes: Dr. Chris Tignanelli uses big data to improve health care for all Tignanelli also launched two clinical trials to determine if a commonly used high blood pressure medication could prevent hospitalization or lung injury. Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal 


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