Howard M. Frykman, M.D.

Howard Martin Frykman was born in North Dakota on February 24, 1917.  He took his undergraduate medical training at the University of Minnesota.  During his medical school days he became interested in neurosurgery and neuroanatomy.  He obtained a master’s degree in neuroanatomy, following which he took a year out and did research work in the field of neuroanatomy.  He received his M.D. degree in 1943, after a two and a half year stint in the United States Army, during which he was injured in the battle of Guadalcanal.  He returned to complete his surgical fellowship and his postgraduate training in colon and rectal surgery.

Early on in his career he was interested in chronic ulcerative colitis and did some of the original research work with Professor Clarence Dennis on the role of vagotomy as a therapeutic approach to patients with ulcerative colitis.  In addition, he had an early interest in rectal procidentia and popularized an intra-abdominal repair combining several other previously described techniques.  His other interests had to do with sepsis associated with bowel surgery.  He was impressed early on with the relationship between antibiotics and postantibiotic proctocolitis and this attracted him to the use of an intraluminal bowel prep, which is still being utilized today.

Dr. Frykman was a meticulous surgeon who popularized the closed hemorrhoidectomy technique here in the Twin Cities area.  He had taken his early training under the tutelage of Dr. Walter Fansler, however he had modified the Fansler technique with the complete closure of all the anorectal wounds.

At the time of his untimely death Dr. Frykman was Clinical Professor of Surgery in the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery.  He was also a member of the Council of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.  He had just returned from England when he was found to have a hypernephroma.  Howard M. Frykman expired on October 2, 1969, survived by his wife and two sons.  Since 1970, the Howard M. Frykman, M.D., Memorial Lecture has been an integral part of the annual Colon and Rectal Surgery: Principles and Practice continuing education course held by the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Minnesota.

Past Lectures
YearSpeakerTopic
2014Andre D'Hoore, MDTransperineal TME
2013Paul Antoine LehurThe Modern Approach to Treating Fecal Incontinence
2012Michael Solomon, MDSurgery for Recurrent Rectal Cancer
2011Werner HohenbergerStandardized Colon Cancer Surgery
2010Emmanuel TiretTreatment Strategies for Rectal Cancer
2009Torbjörn HolmOptimal Treatment of Rectal Cancer – A European Perspective
2008Soren LaurbergSacral Nerve Stimulation-Current Status and Future Directions
2007Steven WexnerCurrent Status of Laparoscopic Surgery for Colorectal Carcinoma
2006Robin S. McLeodOutcomes in Colon and Rectal Surgery
2005Neil J. MortensenMaintaining Sphincter Function in Colorectal Surgery
2004David J. Schoetz, Jr.Diverticular Disease: Concepts and Controversies
2003W. Rudolf SchoutenScientific Basis of the Pathogenesis and Management of Anal Fissure
2002W. Douglas WongRecurrent Rectal Cancer
2001Robin K. S. PhillipsAnal Fistula: Where Have We Come from Old City Road?
2000Christian HerfarthSurgery for Ulcerative Colitis: Where Are We Now?
1999Phil QuirkeHow the Pathologist Can Help the Surgeon in Rectal Cancer
1998R.J. HealdTotal Mesorectal Excision for Carcinoma of the Rectum: Have We Found the Holy Grail?
1997Keith KellyTechnical Controversies in Ileoanal Pouch Surgery
1996Rolland ParcFamilial Adenomatous Polyposis: Issues and Answers
1995Herand AbcarianOperative Surgery in Colorectal Cancer: The Way We Do the Things We Do
1994Leif HultenChoosing the Best Operation for Ulcerative Colitis
1993Victor W. FazioControversies in the Surgery of Crohn’s Disease
1992John M.A. Northover 
1991David JohnstonIleoanal Reservoir Construction: Controversies andTechnique
1990M.R. B. KeighleySelective Approach to the Surgical Management of Rectal Prolapse
1989Geoff D. OatesRestorative Resection for Rectal Cancer
1988Mark KillingbackResection in Dukes B and C
1987R. J. NichollsCancer of the Rectum: 1987
1986Peter R. HawleyRecurrent Colorectal Carcinoma
1985J.E. Lennard-JonesIBD: Management 1985
1984Basil C. MorsonThe Problem of the Malignant Polyp
1983Leslie E. HughesDiverticular Disease
1982John Alexander-WilliamsThe Assessment and Management of Intestinal Fistulas
1981John C. GoligherSurgical Treatment of Crohn’s Disease
1980Mark KillingbackSling Repair for Procidentia of the Rectum
1979Ian P. ToddSurgical Experience with Megacolon and Megarectum
1978Sir Alan G. ParksResults of Surgical Therapy for Incontinence Based on Recent Physiological Investigations
1977John C. GoligerAnterior Resection: Recent Data on Suture
1976John Alexander-WilliamsCrohn’s Colitis
1975Basil C. MorsonGenesis of Carcinoma in Chronic Ulcerative Colitis
1974Henry R. ThompsonPolyposis Coli
1973Sir Hugh Lockhart-MummeryCrohn’s Disease
1972Peter R. HawleyThe Anatomy of Colonic Anastomotic Breakdown
1971Leon Banov, Jr.Napoleon Bonepart’s Hemorrhoid Problem
1970Owen H. WangensteenThe History of GI Surgery