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New head for Department of Surgery

Selwyn Vickers, M.D.

After a year-long search, Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., has been named to head the Department of Surgery. Vickers will come to Minnesota from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where he is chief of the gastrointestinal surgery section.

“Dr. Vickers is an outstanding addition to a group of surgical leaders who have made the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota great,” says Dean Deborah Powell, M.D. “He is dedicated to the care of his patients, to collaborative scientific research partnerships, and to educating the next generation of surgeons.”

An accomplished surgeon with an active research program in pancreatic cancer, Vickers is principal investigator on two major NIH grants. He has published several book chapters on pancreatic cancer and more than 80 journal articles.

Vickers earned his bachelor’s and medical degrees at Johns Hopkins University, then stayed on through his residency and fellowship. He is currently president of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons and serves on the editorial boards of three surgery journals.

Vickers will succeed David Dunn, M.D., Ph.D., who accepted a leadership position at the University of Buffalo last spring. During the transition, David Rothenberger, M.D., is the department’s interim head.

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