Donavon Hess, MD, PhD, MBA

Donavon Hess, MD, PhD, MBA

Pediatric Surgeon

Languages I Speak

  • English

Hospital Privileges

  • Maple Grove Hospital
  • Fairview Ridges Hospital
  • University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital
  • University of Minnesota Medical Center

Education, Training and Certifications

Medical Schools

  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN


  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN


  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (Surgical Endoscopy and Surgical Infectious Disease)
  • Women's and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY (Pediatric Surgery)

Other Education

  • University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (Master's in Business Administration)
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (Ph.D. in Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology)

Board Certifications

  • Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery

Recognition and Leadership


  • Minnesota Monthly Magazine “Top Doctors” (2016-2019)
  • Best Doctors in America (2009-2015)
  • U.S. News & World Report Top Doctor (2012)
  • Henry Buchwald Award (2004)
  • National Research Award, NIH (2001)


  • Medical Director, Pediatric General and Thoracic Trauma, Division of Pediatric Surgery
  • Fellow, Surgical Section, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Member, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma
  • Member, Minnesota Medical Association
  • Member, Own H. Wangensteen Surgical Society
  • Pediatric Trauma Consultant, North Memorial Medical Center
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons

Academic Information

Assistant Professor

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