David Rothenberger, M.D., named head of the Department of Surgery

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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.

Dr. 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, UMPhysicians, 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.”

Dr. Rothenberger is founder and co-director of the Emerging Physician Leaders Program at the Medical School, which fosters collaboration and develops skills among faculty from all departments. As head of Surgery, he hopes to continue finding ways to encourage collaboration and development of interdisciplinary health care teams to better care for our patients.

“We have incredible talent in the Department of Surgery and it’s my job to make sure we use that talent to innovate and achieve the best possible outcomes on behalf of patients,” said Rothenberger. “Our department’s mission is to deliver safe, high quality and compassionate care to each and every patient, conduct pioneering research, educate the next generation of surgical leaders, and provide a work environment of respect, integrity, opportunity, and excellence."

Dr. Rothenberger succeeds Selwyn Vickers, M.D., who is returning to his home state to become Senior Vice President for Medicine and Dean of the University of Alabama School of Medicine.