Mayo Clinic surgeons performing a complex procedure in the operating room.

Mayo Clinic is one of the largest and most experienced surgical practices in the world. Mayo has more than 300 surgeons and 139 operating rooms among its three locations in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota.

Every year, thousands of patients choose Mayo Clinic for needed surgeries — from simple, minimally invasive procedures to complex and exacting operations involving several surgical specialties. Mayo surgeons perform high volumes of complex operations. Our caring staff take the time to explain the details and make sure all questions are answered.

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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Surgery at Mayo Clinic offers several advantages, including efficient scheduling for complex care, a broad spectrum of services, use of the latest technology, and access to clinical trials and new treatments. We offer expertise in cancer surgery as well as deep and broad experience in minimally invasive and robotic procedures.

Mayo's unmatched resources, the expertise of the staff and a teamwork approach help us often find answers to problems that have eluded others.

Integrated care

A Mayo surgeon confers with a colleague.

Mayo surgeons offer a collaborative approach to patient care, working closely with colleagues in other surgical and medical specialties to find the best treatment approach for each patient. Surgeons are part of the team of doctors who work together to solve patients' problems. Collaboration brings a range of ideas, knowledge and experience to bear on a problem, ultimately providing better answers than any single physician could provide individually.

Mayo surgeons review a diagnostic image.

State-of-the-art surgical facilities

Mayo Clinic surgeons performing a robotic procedure.

In Arizona, surgery is performed at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, which supports 18 operating rooms equipped with the latest diagnostic and surgical equipment. The Florida campus supports 34 operating rooms at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Florida, while on the MN campus surgeries are performed in 87 operating rooms at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus (including Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital) or Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus.


Mayo Clinic has a history of surgical innovations, including pioneering open-heart surgery and total hip replacement. Read more about today's surgical innovations.

Mayo Clinic surgeons are active in research to find new and better treatments and in education of new medical professionals.

Mayo Clinic Surgical Departments

Each of the departments below offers specialty surgical expertise.

  1. Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
  2. Audiology
  3. Breast and Melanoma Surgical Oncology in Rochester
  4. Breast Surgical Oncology in Jacksonville
  5. Cardiovascular Surgery
  6. Children's Center
  7. Colon and Rectal Surgery
  8. Dental Specialties
  9. Dermatology
  10. Endocrine Surgery
  11. Endocrinology
  12. Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  13. General Surgery in Phoenix
  14. Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Surgery
  15. Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
  16. Neurosurgery
  17. Obstetrics and Gynecology
  18. Ophthalmology
  19. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  20. Orthopedic Surgery
  21. Otorhinolaryngology (ENT)/Head and Neck Surgery
  22. Pediatric Surgery
  23. Plastic Surgery
  24. Shoulder and Elbow Surgery in Rochester
  25. Sports Medicine
  26. Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery in Arizona
  27. Thoracic Surgery
  28. Transplant Center
  29. Trauma, Critical Care and General Surgery in Rochester
  30. Urology
  31. Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
July 06, 2024