A Mayo Clinic surgical team performs a procedure.

The Division of Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Surgery at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, offers special expertise in hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery along with complex abdominal surgical oncology. Mayo Hepatobiliary and Pancreas surgeons are internationally recognized for their high-volume performance of complex procedures with excellent clinical outcomes.

Mayo Clinic surgeons practice in an atmosphere of collaboration and inquiry, carefully analyzing their high-volume surgical practice for ways to improve. The surgeons are involved in many clinical trials evaluating new approaches for liver, pancreas and other complex abdominal diseases that require surgical attention.

Why choose Mayo Clinic for surgical care

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Michael L. Kendrick, M.D., Chair, Department of Surgery: Department of Surgery at Mayo Clinic is at the cutting edge of technology and treatment options. We have a lot of experience with even the most very complex diagnoses and surgical conditions. With that experience will come the ability to perform operations or procedures that are rarely offered other places. The three shields are practice, research, and education.

Erica Loomis, M.D., Vice chair, Practice | Department of Surgery: How do you bring all those three things together? We use our research shield to advance the practice and we use the practice shield to advance education and everything in reverse.

Janani S. Reisenauer, M.D., Vice chair, Innovation | Department of Surgery: Every employee at Mayo Clinic is focused on the integration of three shields into every aspect of what they do for patient care. I would also say that our focus on education ensures that we're providing the best technologies and the best options for patients so that they have the best treatments available.

Todd E. Rasmussen, M.D., Vice chair, Education | Department of Surgery: The patient will quickly identify that he or she's in the center of things that we are all focused about the patient, about the clinical practice and his or her outcome; that we're able to bring in world-class researchers -- scientists to add to their care. It's a combination that is very unique and singular in the healthcare landscape,

Dr. Reisenauer: We implement a multidisciplinary team which involves people with research expertise so that patients are exposed to clinical trials.

Dr. Rasmussen: Our goal within the Department of Surgery is to train the next generation of surgeons for the world.

Dr. Kendrick: We're doing things today that weren't possible a few years ago. And I think that speaks to the mission of Mayo Clinic and the Department of Surgery.

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Integrated care

Mayo Clinic surgeons and physicians confer on care.

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

The close-knit community of surgeons and their knowledgeable multidisciplinary teams enables delivery of an evidence-based and personalized care plan for each patient.

Mayo Clinic hepatobiliary surgeons discuss a procedure.

Personalized medicine

A Mayo Clinic hepatobiliary surgeon discusses a procedure with a patient using a 3D model.

Having all of this expertise in a single place, focused on you, means that you're not just getting one opinion. Your care is discussed among the team, your test results are available quickly, and appointment schedules are coordinated. Highly specialized experts are working together for you. What might take weeks or even months to accomplish elsewhere can typically be done in a matter of days at Mayo Clinic.

Mayo Clinic hepatobiliary surgeons in discussion

More importantly, in many cases, the experts rendering opinions on your care are well-established national leaders widely recognized in their independent fields. Their expertise, coupled with Mayo Clinic's high clinical volume, has created a depth of knowledge and experience with rare diagnoses that many surgeons may only see once in a career.

State-of-the-art surgical facilities

Mayo Clinic surgeons perform a procedure as a team.

When indicated, surgery is performed at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus or Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus. The operating rooms are specially designed for complex abdominal surgery and are equipped with the latest diagnostic and surgical equipment.

A Mayo Clinic surgical theater featuring advanced technological aids and equipment

Surgical teams: Crucial for effective care

A Mayo Clinic surgical team performs a procedure.

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While the excellent surgeons of the Division of Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Surgery play a critical role in each patient's care, their work is made stronger by their teams.

  • In the operating room, surgeons, surgical technicians, first assistants, operating room nurses and anesthetists work in regular teams. This enhances efficiency and team members' ability to support one another toward facilitating excellent clinical outcomes.
  • Once surgery is complete, the patient's care team on the wards includes a highly qualified nursing staff. Nursing units are highly specialized. This means that nurses know what to look for after complex operations to keep patients as safe and healthy as possible.
  • The nursing team at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota has received Magnet designation 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.
Oct. 03, 2023