About The Weight Loss Surgery Center

At University of Minnesota Medical Center, we are changing the way people look at weight-loss surgery. As a state-wide leader in bariatric surgery outcomes, we have helped define what weight-loss surgery can be through innovative research and collaboration between our medical weight management and surgery teams.

Read below to learn how weight-loss surgery changed one patient's life, and what our program may have to offer you.

Barbie's Story

Barbie, a labor and delivery nurse, struggled to lose weight for over 30 years. At 57, she wondered if she was too old to be considered for surgery.

She met with Dr. Sayeed Ikramuddin, general surgeon at University of Minnesota Medical Center, to discuss her weight-loss surgery options and together they determined which surgery would work best for her. He supported her decision but emphasized surgery would simply be a tool to help her lose weight. Beyond that, it was up to her to make the life-long commitment.

Throughout the entire process—from preparation to surgery to follow-up—Barbie appreciated Dr. Ikramuddin’s honesty, encouragement and ongoing availability. Ten years later, after losing nearly 100 lbs, her journey continues. She still meets with him and his staff for the required follow-up appointments and regularly attends a weight management nutrition program on her own. She says the opportunity to share both the triumphs and the struggles with others has been important to maintaining a healthy weight since the surgery.

Today, she has the energy and stamina of someone half her age. In the years since her surgery, Barbie knows having someone ‘in her corner’ has been essential to her success. She credits looking and feeling younger, and her improved quality of life, to the doctors and specialists at the Weight Loss Clinic.

“Even now, when I see Dr. Ikramuddin, I never feel rushed. He makes me feel like I’m his only patient. He has high quality goals for himself, which in turn helps you achieve your goals.”

What Makes us Different

The Weight Loss Management and Surgery Center at University of Minnesota Medical Center is a certified Bariatric Center of Excellence. In addition to offering an experienced, comprehensive approach to treating obesity as a disease, our surgeons participate in academic-based research and offer clinical trial opportunities that feature new approaches to weight loss. We understand the importance of combining a weight management program with our surgery options. Our bariatric surgeons, endocrinologists, nurse practitioners and dieticians make up a compassionate group of professionals who are committed to helping patients change their lives for the better.

The Weight Loss Surgery Center is located on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota Campus. Our surgery clinic is on the first floor of the Phillips-Wangensteen Building in Clinic 1E.

To make an appointment to see one of our surgeons for a consultation or speak with members of our team, please call 612-626-6666, and we will be happy to assist you.

We will ask you to provide some basic information prior to making your appointment.

We request that you visit the Patient Information section of this site and view the indicated documents. If you are unable to view or print this material, please ask one of our staff members to have the packet mailed to you. This packet contains valuable information about surgery and our surgical weight loss program, as well as important forms that must be completed and brought to our office on the day of your first visit.

If you still have questions about how our weight loss surgery program works after viewing the step by step guide, you are welcome to call us. A nurse clinician will be happy to answer any questions you have about how we can assist you with your health goals.


Central Scheduling: 612.672.7422

Provider Referrals: 612.672.7000

Administrative Offices: 612.884.0600

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