Rafael S. Andrade, MD

Rafael S. Andrade, MD

Thoracic Surgeon

Languages I Speak

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Hospital Privileges

  • Fairview Southdale Hospital
  • University of Minnesota Medical Center

Care Philosophy

Empathy and excellence guide my interactions with patients. I strive to put myself in every patient's shoes, and my goal is to offer each patient the safest and most advanced care. Empathy is achieved by listening, excellence is the result of research.

Education, Training and Certifications

Medical Schools

  • National Autonomous University of Mexico


  • University of Minnesota


  • Indiana University Medical Center (Cardiothoracic Surgery)
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (Thoracic Surgical Oncology)
  • University of Minnesota (Minimally Invasive Thoracic and Foregut)

Other Education

  • National Institute of Nutrition, Mexico City

Board Certifications

  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Surgery
  • General Surgery

Recognition and Leadership


  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine "Top Doctor" (2009, 2010, 2014-2018)
  • Minnesota Monthly Magazine “Top Doctors” (2016, 2017)
  • "Best Doctors for Women," Minnesota Monthly (2014)


  • Co-Founder, University of Minnesota Medical Center Operating Room Green Team
  • Executive Member, Fairview Corporate Green committee
  • Chief, Section of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery, University of Minnesota
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Associate Editor, Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (2009-2012)
  • Associate Editor, Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

Academic Information

Associate Professor

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