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David Rothenberger, M.D., named head of University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Surgery

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.”

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U of M mourns the death of cancer research pioneer, John Kersey, M.D.

The Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota lost one of its most prominent and influential scientists and physicians with the sudden death of John Kersey, M.D., at the age of 74.

A native Minnesotan and a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Minnesota Medical School, Kersey dedicated his life to the development of new treatments for childhood cancer.  He was the founder of the University’s Blood and Marrow Transplant program, serving as director from 1974 to 1995.  He was also the founding director of the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, which became a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center in 1998.

In 1975, Kersey led the team that completed the world’s first successful bone marrow transplant for malignant lymphoma.  That patient is alive and well today, and bone marrow transplantation has become the standard of care for many types of blood cancers and other illnesses.

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