Surgery Clinical Trials Office

The Surgery Clinical Trials Office (SurgCTO) is available to collaborate with and provide support for investigators and their research teams in all phases of clinical research, including the organization, implementation, and completion of clinical research studies.

 Our Mission

  • To provide quality staff and services for research that is responsive and appropriate to both the investigator and the needs of the community;
  • To promote public and professional education and awareness regarding clinical research;
  • To contribute to medical and intellectual advancements;
  • To contribute and uphold the missions of the University of Minnesota and the Department of Surgery.


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Contact + Our Team Members


Office Address:
Phillips Wagensteen Building
516 Delaware Street SE, Suite 8-150
Minneapolis, MN 55455 

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware Street SE, MMC 206
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: 612-624-7463
Fax: 612-624-0902

The staff is available Monday through Friday, during regular business hours. Extended and weekend hours can be available upon request.

Faculty & Staff

Clinical Research Director

Director of Research

Health Outcomes Research Manager & Faculty Research Development Advisor

Clinical Research Program Managers

Clinical Trials Support Specialist

Clinical Research Coordinators



We offer services in areas including financial, study start-up, study coordination, study closeout, and more.

Financial Management

  • Preparation of and assistance in negotiating contracts with industry sponsors
  • Budget development
  • Coordinate account set up with SPA
  • Coordinate purchasing and invoicing
  • Manage reimbursements for study subjects
  • Financial close-out

Study Start-Up

  • Coordinate feasibility surveys
  • Preparation and submission of Institutional Review Board materials such as:
    • Initial application and corresponding appendices
    • Informed Consent and HIPAA forms
    • Development of subject recruitment materials (flyers, letters, phone scripts)
  • Preparation and submission of materials for scientific review
  • Coordination of site initiation visits
  • Regulatory binder creation and organization
  • Development of data collection forms/source documents
  • Contract for goods and services to be provided by vendors

Study Coordination

  • Research participant recruitment and screening
  • Assistance with determining study eligibility
  • Garner informed consent
  • Schedule research procedures and visits
  • Facilitate research visits and assistance with data collection at study visits
  • Manage reimbursement for study subjects
  • Process samples and coordinate shipment or storage of research specimens
  • Preparation and submission of amendments, renewals, and other study documents
  • Facilitate study monitoring visits
  • Completion of Case Report Forms (CRFs)/eCRFs

Study Closeout

  • Coordination of study closeout visits
  • Verifying that studies meet IRB standards for study closure
  • Preparing and submitting IRB and other committee closure notification
  • Performing data resolution for data analysis
  • Facilitating research file and data storage



The Surgery Clinical Trials Office (SurgCTO) is a not-for-profit, Internal Sales Organization (ISO). Our fees are rate-based and regulated by University of Minnesota Controller’s office.

Investigators or departments using SurgCTO services are charged hourly for work completed. The amount of time required for each task listed in the Services section varies from project to project. Please contact our office to discuss.

Limited pro bono support is available for junior investigators conducting investigator-initiated studies and for investigators who have received a department of surgery pilot grants.

Research Projects

The Surgery Clinical Trials Office (SurgCTO) supports the research activities for the Surgery Division clinical faculty at the University of Minnesota. SurgCTO is currently conducting approximately 110+ human subjects research projects in various phases of enrollment and follow-up with a mix of investigator-initiated, industry-sponsored, and government-sponsored trials.

There are active clinical research trials in the following divisions:

  • Basic & Translational Research
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery 
  • Critical Care
  • Division of Computational Health Sciences
  • Gastrointestinal/Bariatric Surgery
  • MN Consortium for Autonomic Neuromodulation
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Thoracic & Foregut Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
Basic & Translational Research
  • Intestinal Microbiota Biorespository
  • BAL Pilot Study - Pilot study for Tracking Graft Antigen-Specific CD4+ T-cells in Lung Transplant Recipients
  • TOP Registry - The Organ Care System (OCS) Lung Thoracic Organ Perfusion (TOP) Post Approval Study (PAS) Registry
  • CentriMag FTW PAS - The primary objective of this PAS is to report the proportion of patients surviving to 30 days post-CentriMag support or to hospital discharge, whichever is longer. For subjects who do not recover and are bridged to a heart transplant or a long-term assist device, the primary endpoint is survival to induction of anesthesia for the surgery.
  • OCS Heart Perfusion (OHP-II) Registry is a sponsor-initiated, multi-center, observational post-approval registry. 
  • Lung Transplant Clinical Center to Improve Surgical Outcomes (LTCC-ISO)
  • PROMISE - Prospective Multicenter Research on Donor and Recipient Management Strategies to Improve Lung Transplant Outcomes
Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • PrevisEA - A Minimal-Rick, Multi-Center, Prospective, Clinical Trial to Evaluate the PrevisEA Device for Predicting Gastrointestinal Impairment
  • MN Micros - Effects of Colorectal Surgery on the Colonic Microbiome
  • RDM - Defining the Diverticular Microbiome and Metabolome
  • BIG MACS - Bacterial Intestinal Gut Modification Around Colon Surgery (BIG MACS Diet)
  • Building a Robotic Surgical Video Registry for Future Use in Surgical Automation - The purpose of building this registry is to house a collection of videos of surgeries performed by surgeons using current laparoscopic/robotic modalities within various surgical specialties, including general surgery, colon, and rectal surgery, gynecology, and urology (among others) at the MHealth Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center.  
  • IMT - An Open-Label, Pilot Clinical Trial to Test the Safety and Feasibility of Intestinal Microbiota Transplantation in Patients Undergoing Colon Resection
  • Cell Harvest - Cell Harvest and Preparation for Surgery Branch Adoptive Cell Therapy Protocols 
  • High-Resolution Anoscopy Registry
  • Save the Bottoms!!! 
    • Anal Cancer Questionnaire
    • A Top-Down and Bottom-Up Approach to Reaching and Engaging Gay Men in Healthcare Delivery & Innovation
    • PRIDE 2024 - Implementation of a Mobile Anal Cancer Screening Unit and Protocol at LGBTQ+ Focused Community Events
Division of Computational Health Sciences
  • Proteomics of Post-Operative Atrial Fibrillation
  • Omics of Cardiometabolic Health Following Bariatric Surgery
  • ADA - Bariatric Surgery and Adipose Inflammation Dysfunction and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
  • Hepatic Energy Fluxes - Hepatic Energy Fluxes in NASH and NAS Patients
  • VSG & NASH - Verticle Sleeve Gastrectomy and Lifestyle Modification for the Treatment of Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis
  • Liver Collection Study
MN Consortium for Autonomic Neuromodulation
  • TARGET BP I - Randomized, blinded, multi-center, international, sham-procedure controlled trial, comparing renal denervation performed with the Peregrine System Kit in the treatment group to the sham control group.
  • Research Evaluating Vagal Excitation and Anatomical Links: REVEAL
Solid Organ Transplant
  • Donor Long-Term Follow Up
  • The Mission Study - Microbiome PK: Microbiome and Immunosuppression
  • HOPE Act - Observational Study of Solid Organ Transplantation Utilizing HIV-Positive Donors in HIV-Positive Recipients
  • HOPE in Action - Trial of HIV+ Deceased Donor Liver Transplants for HIV+ Recipients
  • BESTOW: A Phase 2, Multi-center, Randomized, Open-Label Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of Tegoprubart in Patients Undergoing Kidney Transplantation
  • CARSK: Canadian-Australasian Randomized Trial of Screening Kidney Transplant Candidates for Coronary Artery Disease
  • ASCEND: A 12-month, Phase IIA, Open-label, Proof of Concept Study Evaluating the Safety and Efficacy of Siplizumab in Combination with Belatacept, Mycophenolate Mofetil, and Corticosteroids in De Novo Renal Transplant Recipients. 
  • Hansa - Renal Function in Highly Sensitized Patients 12 Months After Desensitization with Imlifidase and Transplantation of Kidneys from Deceased Donors
  • REGENERON RT-5459-1956 - An Observational Extention Study for Adult Patients Treated in R5459-RT-1944 Who Receive a Kidney Transplant 
  • REGENERON: R5459-RT-1944 -  A Dose Escalation and Proof-of-Concept Study of REGN5459 or REGN5458 for Desensitization of Chronic Kidney Disease Patients in Need of Kidney Transplantation Who Are Highly Sensitized to Human Leukocyte Antigen
Surgical Oncology
  • Short-Term Global Surgery and Physician Burnout - The purpose of this study is to determine whether Short-Term Global Surgery (STGS) experience is associated with improvement in physician burnout measures.
Thoracic & Foregut Surgery
  • The Cryoanalgesia Registry for Pain Management in Post-Cardiothoracic Surgery Via Cryoablation of the Intercostal Nerves Registry (REDUCE Registry) 
Humanitarian Use Device (HUD)
  • Enterra - HDE (Human Device Exemption) Enterra Therapy Gastric StimulationVascular
Vascular Surgery
  • Pulse-Wave Velocity Assessment in Patients with Chronic Aortic Pathology
  • IMPROVE-AD: IMPRoving Outcomes in Vascular DisEase - Aortic Dissection