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About Us

We take pride in providing leading-edge patient care, advancing the field of surgery through first-rate research, and providing superior education to the next generation of high-quality surgeons.

The UI Department of Surgery is committed to saving lives – and improving our patients’ quality of life– through excellent surgical techniques and extraordinary patient care. Our surgeons and medical professionals address a wide variety of complex medical issues, from matching donors with recipients in the Organ Transplant Center to providing continuous care for both adult and pediatric trauma victims in one of the state’s two designated Level I Trauma Centers and certified regional Burn Treatment Center. Our specialists provide critical surgical support among comprehensive, multidisciplinary teams for the treatment of cancer, gastrointestinal and colorectal diseases, vascular ailments, as well as advanced surgical care for even the smallest pediatric patients. Skilled plastic and reconstructive surgeons manage complex reconstructive issues resulting from deformities, traumatic injuries, or cancer excision in both adult and pediatric patients, in addition to surgical and non-surgical cosmetic services for adults.

We provide critical and unique resources in the State of Iowa. Years ago, we performed the world’s first gastric-bypass surgeries for morbidly obese patients. Today, we continue our commitment to innovative surgical procedures and techniques in all areas, such as minimally-invasive and robotic surgery, while offering advanced technologies like the positive pressure isolation room and state-of-the-art hydrotherapy facility for burn patients.

Our faculty’s clinical care is continually informed by cutting edge basic science and clinical research. We seek to translate the latest discoveries from research bench to patient bedside as well as into every aspect of surgical education. We take pride in training the next generation of surgeon-scientists and clinical surgeons. Our fellows, residents, and medical students are exposed to revolutionary medicine and surgical techniques that will enhance their skills. Our faculty value the opportunity to shape today’s learners into tomorrow’s best and brightest surgeons.

The department is organized into the following divisions: