Rochester, Minnesota


nagorney.david@mayo.edu Clinical Profile


The research interests of David M. Nagorney, M.D., complement his clinical expertise as a general surgeon specializing in the treatment of gastroenterological and liver oncological diseases in the Department of Surgery at Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Nagorney completed his general surgery residency and served as a research fellow at Mayo Clinic. He was selected as a Mayo Foundation Scholar and completed his training at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital, in London, England. He is dedicated to the education of young physicians, and serves as the program director for Mayo's Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Fellowship.

Focus areas

  • Liver transplantation for bile duct cancer. Dr. Nagorney has worked to evaluate whether liver transplantation is appropriate for patients who have a rare bile duct cancer called hilar cholangiocarcinoma. By comparing outcomes for liver transplantation with outcomes for surgical removal of part of the liver (liver resection), Dr. Nagorney and colleagues have published suggested guidelines for when each option is most appropriate.
  • Portal venous thrombosis (PVT) after pancreas surgery. Dr. Nagorney and colleagues are working to identify risk factors for PVT and to describe the long-term outcomes for patients who experience PVT after a specific surgery of the pancreas (distal pancreatectomy).
  • Genomics of intestinal cancer. Dr. Nagorney has recently published findings on the genomic landscape of small intestine neuroendocrine tumors, the most common malignancy of the small bowel.

Significance to patient care

Dr. Nagorney's long-term goal in both his research and clinical practice is to better serve patients with gastroenterological and liver cancers by developing and applying surgical approaches to improve overall outcomes.

Professional highlights

  • Member, Surgery and Liver Transplantation Committee, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, 2008-present
  • Honorary regional editor, HPB journal, 2004-present
  • Member, editorial board, Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, 2004-present; Surgery journal, 2003-present
  • Chairman of Applicants, Minnesota District 2, American College of Surgeons, 2003-present
  • Teacher of the Year, Department of Surgery, Mayo Clinic, 1987, 2006


Administrative Appointment

  1. Emeritus, Division of Subspecialty General Surgery, Department of Surgery

Academic Rank

  1. Professor of Surgery


  1. Fellow - Mayo Foundation Scholar Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital
  2. Resident Surgery, Programs in Rochester, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  3. Resident Department of General Surgery, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  4. Research Fellowship Gastroenterology Unit, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  5. Internship Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  6. MD University of Kansas Medical School
  7. BS University of Kansas

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