Researchers in the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Surgery have found that total pancreatectomy and islet autotransplantation (TP-IAT) can provide significant, sustained pain relief and improve the quality of life in children with chronic pancreatitis (CP). Traditionally, surgeons would refrain from operating on younger patients, especially children, however this research shows that younger children actually fared better after surgery and had fewer complications than their counterparts.
The study was led by Srinath Chinnakotla, M.D., associate professor of surgery and pediatrics at the University of Minnesota and was recently published in the Annals of Surgery.
In an attempt to create a more lifelike surgical experience, University of Minnesota Medical School professors are teaching with virtual-reality simulators to improve technique and guide students through complex cases.
Developed in collaboration with local medical device companies, the simulators are like in-depth video games for learning.
As reported by the Star Tribune, Robert M. Sweet, M.D., director of the Medical School Simulation Programs said, “researchers hope to build anatomical models so lifelike that medical residents will get hands-on experience and learn from their mistakes without harming patients.”
Earlier today, surgeons from University of Minnesota Heart at Fairview performed a complex endovascular aneurysm repair that demonstrated the technology and capabilities of a new hybrid operating room at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, that integrates vascular surgery, cardiology, interventional radiology, cardiac surgery and anesthesia services.
The room, developed in partnership with Philips Healthcare, is a unique combination; part endoscopy suite and part operating room that offers unparalleled technology including:
David Rothenberger, M.D., will assume the role of head of the Department of Surgery beginning October 1. He currently holds the John P. Delaney Chair of Clinical Surgical Oncology and has been Deputy Chairman of the Department of Surgery since 2006.
Rothenberger is an internationally recognized leader in American surgery, a member of the American Surgical Association and many other professional societies. He is past president of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery and the Research Foundation of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.
“David Rothenberger brings a wealth of experience to this role, as well as an appreciation for how the Medical School can help shape the future of health care education and delivery,” said Aaron Friedman, M.D., dean of the Medical School. “David is a proven leader who has held numerous leadership positions in the Medical School, the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota Physicians and the University of Minnesota Medical Center. He has served as a mentor for faculty throughout the Medical School and he has earned a reputation for innovation and collaboration.”