The Division of Gastroenterologic and General Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., has one of the largest and most experienced groups of gastroenterologic and general surgeons in the United States. The 16 staff surgeons perform more than 7000 operations annually and have a combined 172 years of experience.

The general surgeons at Mayo Clinic in Rochester have special expertise in hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery, surgical management of breast disease, endocrine surgery, morbid obesity surgery, abdominal wall hernias, and surgical oncology, including melanoma. They are internationally recognized for their performance of complex procedures with safety and satisfactory outcomes.

Mayo Clinic general surgeons practice in an atmosphere of inquiry, carefully analyzing their large-volume surgical practice for ways to improve. The surgeons are involved in many clinical trials evaluating new approaches for liver, pancreas and endocrine conditions.

Mayo Clinic emphasizes a collaborative team approach allowing accurate diagnoses and surgical intervention in an efficient and timely manner. The general surgeons communicate closely with other specialists involved in the care of surgical patients at Mayo Clinic.

If indicated, surgery is performed at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, or Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus. The operating rooms are equipped with the latest diagnostic and surgical equipment.

The patient's care will be provided by a highly qualified nursing staff. The nursing team at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota has received the Magnet Status for Excellence in Nursing Services. The award recognizes excellence in the delivery of nursing services to patients and an environment that supports professional nursing practice.