Rochester, Minnesota


Klinkner.Denise@mayo.edu Clinical Profile


Denise B. Klinkner, M.D., M.Ed., seeks to identify best practices in pediatric surgical and trauma care. When the better option is not clear, that topic becomes a focus to ensure optimal care. Because she serves as medical director of the Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center, trauma-related projects are a large part of her research.

Dr. Klinkner also studies chest wall deformities, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and fetal surgery topics. In collaboration with Rodrigo Ruano, M.D., Ph.D., in Mayo Clinic's Division of Maternal and Fetal Medicine, she applies novel approaches to complex cases.

Focus areas

  • Tracheal occlusion for management of severe congenital diaphragmatic hernia
  • Outcomes for surgical management of chest wall deformities
  • Optimal surgical care for pediatric IBD

Significance to patient care

Tracheal occlusion has demonstrated a decreased need for extracorporeal life support in severe cases and improved survival. By reviewing outcomes of chest wall deformities, Dr. Klinkner can identify the best procedure for an individual at the best time. Finally, for children with IBD, her research may result in their being able to avoid unnecessary stages.


Primary Appointment

  1. Consultant, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery

Academic Rank

  1. Associate Professor of Surgery


  1. Fellow - Pediatric Surgery Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine
  2. Fellow - Pediatric Surgery SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center
  3. Fellow - Pediatric Surgical Critical Care Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
  4. Chief Resident - General Surgery Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals
  5. Senior Resident - General Surgery Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals
  6. Specialist Registrar Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust
  7. MEd Carroll University
  8. Research Fellowship - Surgery Department of Pediatric Surgery, Children's Research Institute, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
  9. Senior House Officer Department of Pediatric Surgery, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
  10. Junior Resident - General Surgery Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals
  11. MD University of Minnesota--Twin Cities
  12. Graduate Assistant - Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development University of Minnesota--Twin Cities
  13. BA Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

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