Hitchcock Surgical Society

Encouraging the study, elevating the standards, improving the practice, and advancing the science of surgery.

About the Hitchcock Surgical Society

Founded in 1969 by Claude R. Hitchcock, MD, the Hitchcock Surgical Society exists with the goals of encouraging the study, elevating the standards, improving the practice, and advancing the science of surgery.

To date, the Society has inducted 231 surgeons dating back to Minneapolis General Hospital’s graduating class of 1955.

Members include graduates of the Minneapolis General Hospital and the Hennepin County Medical Center General Surgery Residency Programs, as well as select surgeons and other professionals in the community who have contributed significantly to the teaching effort by hosting rotations and providing other learning opportunities for residents.

The Society has established a charitable fund within the Hennepin Healthcare Foundation that supports surgery resident research.  This fund will help to shape the residents into technically excellent clinicians, researchers, and teachers of the next generation.

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Annual Meeting

Hitchcock Surgical Society 2023 Annual Meeting
June 5-6, Minneapolis, MN


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Odland Keynote SpeakerKeynote Speaker

Mark Odland, MD
Past Chair, Department of Surgery, HCMC
“60 Years of Transplant at HCMC”

Mark Odland, MD, served as Chief of Surgery at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) as well as Surgical Director of the Renal Transplant Program at both HCMC and Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

He received his BA degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and attended the University of North Dakota where he received his MD degree.  He completed his general surgery residency in 1984 and renal transplantation fellowship in 1986 at HCMC under the direction of Dr. Claude Hitchcock.  Dr. Odland joined HCMC as faculty in 1986 where he practiced as a general, trauma, and renal transplant surgeon until his retirement in 2017.

Dr. Odland, along with Dr. Arthur Ney, performed the first laparoscopic living donor nephrectomy in the upper Midwest in 1998.  He was instrumental in developing the paired exchange program and donation after cardiac death program at HCMC.  Dr. Odland was extensively involved in mentoring and educating students and residents.  He is a past president of LifeSource, the Upper Midwest Organ Procurement Agency, and was on the board of Constellation, the largest physician-owned medical liability company in the upper Midwest.  For the last eight years, he served as chairman.  Dr. Odland serves as guardian ad litem with the Hennepin County Juvenile Justice Court as well as a mentor for the Minnetonka High School VANTAGE Program.
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Annual Meeting Schedule

Download the Annual Meeting Schedule (PDF)

Hitchcock Monday June5

Hitchcock Surgical Society Academic Program

Hennepin Healthcare
RL.110 Conference Room (Red Building Lower Level)
900 South 8th Street, Minneapolis, MN
Virtual Attendance Option Available This Year
Parking vouchers for the Hospital Parking Ramp (8th Street and Chicago Avenue) will be provided

  • 7:30 am Registration – Continental Breakfast
  • 8:00 am Welcome - Paul Stahler, MD, President, Hitchcock Surgical Society
  • 8:05 am “Operating Far a ‘Huehue’: A General Surgery Resident’s Experience in Rural Guatemala”– Alexandra Coward, MD, Chief Surgical Resident
  • 8:25 am “The Effect of Interhospital Transfer on Emergency General Surgery Patients” – Kathryn Johnson, MD, Chief Surgical Resident
  • 8:45 am “Lessons Learned as a Yooper” – Casey Yang, MD, Faculty, M Health Fairview Southdale Hospital
  • 9:05 am “Goals and Outcomes of Temporary Abdominal Closure” – Juan Mariscal, MD, Chief Surgical Resident
  • 9:25 am Break
  • 9:45 am “Does Concomitant Rectoanal Intussusception Limit Improvements in Clinical Outcome and Quality of Life After Sacral Nerve Stimulation for Fecal Incontinence?” – Peter White, MD, Chief Surgical Resident
  • 10:05 am “When Firearm Injury Survival is Only the Beginning: Leading the Way With Next Step” – Derek Lumbard, MD, Faculty, HCMC Surgery Department
  • 10:25 am “60 Years of Transplant at HCMC” – Mark Odland, MD, Past Chair, Department of Surgery, HCMC
  • 11:15 am Break
  • 11:30 am Business Meeting and Lunch
  • 12:30 pm Adjourn

Hitchcock Monday June5Hitchcock Surgical Society Induction Program

The Entourage Event Center
212 2nd Street SE, Minneapolis, MN
Street or ramp parking available (St. Anthony Main Public Parking Ramp at 201 2nd Street SE)

4:30 pm Social Hour
5:30 pm HSS Induction Program

Hitchcock Tuesday June6

Bramer Golf Course MapGolf Outing

9:30 am 1st Tee Off
Braemar Golf Course
6364 John Harris Drive
Edina, MN

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Questions: Contact Tami Hauff or Rocio Garcia at [email protected] or 612-873-2810




Physician Credit

Hennepin Healthcare is accredited by the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Hennepin Healthcare designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. To be awarded CME credit, completion of an evaluation following the meeting is required.

Other Health Care Professionals
Other healthcare providers who participate in this CME activity may submit their statement of attendance to their appropriate accrediting organizations or state boards for consideration of credit. Participants are responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

Lecture Learning Objectives
After the presentations, participants should be able to:
1. Explain new developments in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of various types of surgical cases,
2. Improve clinical diagnostic skills through organized presentations and discussion of challenging surgical cases, and
3. Identify the differences in the roles of surgical providers in urban versus rural/resource-poor settings.

Society Officers

Society Officers

  • President: Paul Stahler, MD, FACS
  • Vice President: Greg Gerrish, MD
  • Past President: Marc Osborne, MD
  • Treasurer: Chad Richardson, MD
  • Secretary: Richard Zera, MD, PhD
Philanthropic Support

Philanthropy plays a significant role in the work that we do

The challenging patient base that shapes our surgeons also provides a rich data mine from which residents build research, in keeping with the Society's goals of improving the practice, elevating the standards, and advancing the science of surgery.

Tax-deductible charitable investments help us to shape these young, committed individuals into fine surgeons who can contribute beyond their technical skills.

Make an online donation by writing Hitchcock in the 'other' line of our transaction form. 

If you'd like to donate by check:

Payable to: Hennepin Healthcare Foundation

Memo: Hitchcock #521

Sent to: Hennepin Healthcare Foundation, 701 Park Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55415



Membership is exclusive to graduates of the Minneapolis General Hospital and Hennepin County Medical Center General Surgery Residency Programs, as well as select surgeons and other professionals in the community who have contributed significantly to the teaching effort of residents.

Access the form to update your contact information.

If you would like to verify the contact information we have on file for you, please contact us at [email protected]

Alumni and Honorary Members


Alexandra Coward, MD
Kathryn Johnson, MD
Juan Mariscal, MD
Peter White, MD


Graham Brown, MD
Robert Christie, MD
Joseph Clere, MD
Marcus Geffre, MD
Teresa Soldner, MD

Derek Lumbard, MD
Amanda Murphy Sindhu, MD
Charlotte Rogers, MD
Mark Smith, MD

Abigail Madans, DO
Huy Nguyen, MD
Sean Peterson, MD
Branden Petrun, MD
Casey Yang, MD

Ellie Cohen, MD
Derek Goerke, MD
Alexandra Lacey, MD
Rachel Payne, MD
Nicole Lyons, MD

Timothy Perkins, MD
Jessica Shaheen, MD
Anne Watkins, MD 

Elizabeth Holl, MD
Arthur Johnson, MD
Ellen Liang, MD
Anne Sirany, MD
Joseph Skaja, MD

Ryan Deisler, MD
Elizabeth Fehrenbacher, MD
Gregory Gerrish, MD
Joshua Larson, MD
Sara Wildenberg, MD         

Ashley Lemere, MD
Rachel Ott, MD
Jonathan Papic, MD
Kyle Schmitz, MD
Paul Stahler, MD            

Katsiaryna Ericson, MD
Juan Carlos Esguerra, MD
Ashley Marek, MD
Mark Scott, MD
Sarah Storrs, MD       

Brandt Becker, MD
Kourtney Kemp, MD
James Kong, MD
Christina Moses, MD
John Sutherland      

Mark Ciagne, MD
Eric Saterbak, MD
Joshua Short, MD
Jolene Singh, MD
Huy Trieu, MD             

Jon Gayken, MD
Christopher Kasal, MD
Joshua Knudtson, MD
Marc Osborne, MD                

Jessica Gutierrez, MD
Mohamed Ibrahim, MD
Michael Remucal, MD
Angelo Santos, MD      

Ryan Fey, MD
Michael Galle, MD
Jeremy Juern, MD
Heather Osterbrink, MD           

Matthew Graczyk, MD
Chenglu Liu, MD
Brent Nykamp, MD
Patricia Valusek, MD     

Jason Beckermann, MD
Janet Bellingham, MD
James Orr, MD
Gregory Schmieder, MD   

Casandra Anderson, MD
Mark Hill, MD, PhD
Gary Jonson, MD
Eric Scott, MD
Jodie Taylor, MD  

Anne Marie Boller, MD
Gary Collins, MD
Anne Lambert, MD
Cassandra Palmer, MD         

Christy Dunst, MD
David Kalb, MD
Shawn Roberts, MD
Jonathan Witzke, MD   

Daren Danielson, MD
Jeffrey Morken, MD
Steven Muehlstedt, MD
Bryan Wood, MD      

Christopher Hansen, MD
Arthur Kim, MD
Chad Richardson, MD
Byron Wright, MD          

James Kraatz, MD
David Rainiero, MD
Diane Schmidt-Krings, MD    

Bret Cardwell, MD
David Stover, MD
Kyle Wahlstrom, MD      

Jeffrey Baker, MD
Dana Carlson, MD
Timothy LeMieur, MD
Barbara Schmidt, MD        

Marybeth Colbert, MD
Karl Dittrich, MD
Victoria Elmer, MD
Christopher Wilson, MD

Bruce Bennett, MD
Jeffrey Congdon, MD
John Cumming, MD
Francis Moga, MD     

Douglas Bailey, MD
Michael Carroll, MD
Steven Ryder, MD
Susan Seatter, MD      

Mary Li, MD
Paul Mitchell, MD
Kristopher Olson, MD        

Jorge Granja, MD
Michael Koeplin, MD
Zane Prewitt, MD
Patricia Schuster, MD    

Douglas Berglund, MD
Andrew Fink, MD
Bernard Harrison, MD
Jeffrey Rowe, MD          

Charles Bundy, MD
Nancy Guttormson, MD
Jill Julsrud, MD
David Overman, MD        

Kevin Croston, MD
Peter Kelly, MD
Mark Thayer, MD           

Robert Harrie, MD
James Wagner, MD
Robert Wood, MD         

Joel Friedman, MD
Gregory Johnson, MD
John Shenk, MD          

Dale Cody, MD
Michael Crouch, MD
David Maurer, MD
Gary Paulson, MD
Andrew Smith, Jr., MD     

Thomas Jones, MD
Steven Mestitz, MD
William Omlie, MD
Stephen Sahlstrom, MD 

Randall Ewald, MD
Michael Fasching, MD
Richard Zera, MD, PhD       

David Barbara, MD
David Beebe, MD
Margit Bretzke, MD
David Meese, MD
William Timmerman, MD     

Mark Jenson, MD
Mark Odland, MD
Gregory Schultz, MD
Paul Severson, MD       

David Blake, MD
Gordon Kochsiek, MD
Kurt Lindquist, MD
Arthur Ney, MD          

Dale Bohlke, MD
Arlen Denny, MD
Ronald Jensen, MD
Eric Rolfsmeyer, MD
Robert Schauer, MD
Robert Wetherille, MD  

James Andrisevic, MD    

Donald Jacobs, MD
James Lundeen, MD
Kipton Lundquist, MD
Timothy Mahoney, MD
Stephen Sundberg, MD         

John DeMars, MD
Michael Senta, MD
John Sternquist, MD
John Twomey, MD             

Donald Graham, MD
James Jost, MD
Robert Szczys, MD
Jerry Thompson, MD       

William Ford, MD
David Hodge, MD
John Stoltenberg, MD     

Daryl Batalden, MD
James Harris, MD            

Barton Blum, MD
John Crooks, MD
Don Masson, MD
Bjorn Monson, MD          

Melvin Bubrick, MD
Robert Emmens, MD
Peter Hinterkopf, MD
Timothy O’Brien, MD
Per Wickstrom, MD          

Joseph Merickel, MD     

Roger Frerichs, MD
Dean Pratt, MD     

Thomas Coulon, MD
James DeVinck, MD
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Lawrence McGovern, MD
Alfonso Morales-Zuniga, MD

Richard Baker, MD
Charles Miller, MD        

Donald Foss, MD
Hovald Helseth, MD
Glen Nelson, MD
Roger Strand, MD
Duncan Sutherland, MD

Robert Andersen, MD
Daniel Baker, MD
Rodney Nixon, MD     

Ernest Ruiz, MD
Lee Simso, MD            

Orn Arnar, MD
Patrick Beckham, MD
Arthur McGuire, MD    

James Bitter, MD
Robert Telander, MD     

James Bascom, MD
Russell Harris, MD
Richard Muzzall, MD          

Joseph Kiser, MD
Theodore Peterson, MD
Edward Seljeskog, MD        

Harrison Farley, MD
Gilbert Mueller, Jr., MD          

Wendell Downing, MD
Orest Filipovich, MD
John Haglin, MD
Louis Philipp, MD
Richard Shepard, MD
Claire Strobel, MD              

Lewis Hughes, MD          

John Bascom, MD          

Harold Hanson, MD            

William Stephens, MD                

Howard Sninder, MD
George Wolfe, MD

Federick Endorf, MD

Rachel Nygaard, PhD       

Jeanne Kunkel        

Jon Krook, MD
Eric Johnson, MD
Walter Galicich, MD
Sandra Engwall, MD
Daniel Dunn, MD              

Glen Anderson, MD          

David Wahoff, MD
David Schmeling, MD
David Rustad, MD          

Philip Sweetser, MD
Howard Lederer, MD
Peter Jensen, MD             

Stanley Goldberg, MD        

Robert Quickel, MD        

Joan Van Camp, MD
Joseph Van Camp, MD     

Jorge Rodriguez, MD
Hampton Rich, MD
Emmanuel Balcos, MD     

James Schlaefer, MD          

Stacy Roback, MD
Claude Benavides, MD
Grace Hunter, RN        

John Waldron, MD
Caliann Lum, MD       

Michaela West, MD, PhD
Joe Lee, MD
Thomas Bergman, MD     

Carl Smith, MD             

Alexander Cass, MD      

Phyllis Squiers         

Donald Huwe, MD    

Bernard Spencer, MD
George Peltier, MD
Tague Chisholm, MD        

Sheridan Stevens, MD         

Frederick Shapiro, MD
Alvin Schultz, MD
George Moore, MD
Irving Ariel, MD          

Richard Raile, MD
John Coe, MD                        

Gaylan Rockswold, MD, PhD
Irving Greenfield, MD   

Ramon Gustilo, MD    

Owen Wangensteen, MD      

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