Meet our “Rising Stars:” More than 200 docs recognized by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine in 2021

Top Doctors: Rising Stars recognizes physicians that have been practicing for 10 years or less. More of our doctors were included in the 2021 list than any other Twin Cities health system.

Pediatric Cardiologist Stacie Knutson, MD, is one of more than 200 physicians from across our system honored as a "Rising Star' by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine in 2021.

Hundreds of up-and-coming physicians across our health system are already making a mark in medicine, according to Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.

This week, the magazine recognized 213 of our talented physicians – spanning an astounding 58 adult and pediatric medical and surgical specialties – on its 2021 Top Doctors: Rising Stars list. More of our physicians made the list than any other health system in the Twin Cities.

The list highlights physicians who have been practicing for 10 years or less and were nominated by their peers as deserving of the award. The winning doctors were selected after a rigorous evaluation process by an expert physician review panel that assessed their professional achievements and other factors.

Our honorees include doctors from FairviewM Physicians, and the independent clinics in our network. Together, these top doctors are providing breakthrough care in communities across the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota, driven by the excellence, compassion, and innovation that sets our health system apart.

“We are excited that so many exceptional physicians were named to this year’s Rising Stars list,” said Otolaryngologist Bevan Yueh, MD, MPH, Interim CEO of University of Minnesota Physicians. “Their achievements are a testament to the work we do here, and their commitment to their patients and their specialties makes all of us proud.”

“These doctors are truly exceptional. They represent the future of medicine,” said Fairview Chief Medical Officer Mark Welton, MD, MHCM. “They have distinguished themselves in just a few years of practice, earning the trust of their colleagues and peers. These are the physicians that Minnesota doctors would want caring for themselves or their own family members.”

Scroll down to see the complete list of Fairview, M Physicians, and Fairview Physician Associates doctors recognized as 2021 Rising Stars by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.

Allergy & Immunology

Hiba Bashir, MD, FAAAAI
Jennifer Boeckman, DO
Caitlin McNulty, MD
Aaron Pinion, DO, FAAAA
Brita Sundquist, MD

Anesthesiology

Aaron Berg, DO
James Flaherty, MD
Jeffrey Grosland, MD
Benjamin Kloesel, MD, MSBS
Megan Lanigan, MD
Julia Weinkauf, MD

Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery

Andrew Shaffer, MD, MS
Matthew Soule, MD

Cardiology

Justin Halbe, MD

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Nakita Natala, MD

Colon & Rectal Surgery

Christopher Chow, MD
Janet Lee, MD
Mark Sun, MD

Critical Care Medicine

Jennifer Rickard, MD
David Wacker, MD

Dermatology

Ronda Farah, MD, FAAD
Lori Fiessinger, MD
Noah Goldfarb, MD, FAAD
Gregory Hannon, MD
Phillip Keith, MD
Matthew Mansh, MD
Adam Mattox, DO
Jessica Morrell, MD
David Pearson, MD
Erika Reid, MD
Adam Schmitt, MD
Brittney Schultz, MD
Amanda Tschetter, MD

Diagnostic Radiology

David Aamodt, MD
Kevin Boegel, MD
Eric Carolan, MD
Anil Chauhan, MD
Noelle Hoven, MD
Lucas Ludeman, MD
Matthew Rischall, MD
Robben Schat, DO

Emergency Medicine

Carmen Avendano, MD
John Litell, DO
Travis Olives, MD

Endocrinology, Weight Management

Samar Malaeb, MD

Family Medicine

Karen Borchert, MD
Kathryn Brown, MD
Jacquelyn Conley, MD
James Hougas, MD
Eva Pesch, MD
Jennifer Robinson, MD
Joshua Thompson, MD
Amanda Weinmann, MD
Cherilyn Wicks, MD

Gastroenterology

Nabeel Azeem, MD
Esther Connor, MD
Justin Howard, MD
Thomas Leventhal, MD
Peter Pico, MD
Eugenia Shmidt, MD
Tyson Sievers, MD
Christopher Steevens, MD

Genetics and Metabolism

Anjali Aggarwal, MD
Charles Billington Jr., MD, PhD

Gynecologic Oncology

Emily Prendergast, MD
Andrea O’Shea, MD

Hand Surgery

John Delaney, MD
Amy Moeller, MD

Hematology

Joan Beckman, MD, PhD

Hematology/Oncology

Katherine Chang, MD
Jocelin Huang, MD
Arpit Rao, MD
Surbhi Shah, MBBS
Sara Torgerson, DO

Hematopathology

Michael Linden, MD

Hospital Medicine

Anna Cox, MD
Brian Muthyala, MD, PhD
Cuong Pham, MD

Infectious Disease

Anne-Marie Leuck, MD
Edwin Pereira, MD
Radha Rajasingham, MD
Beth Thielen, MD, PhD

Internal Medicine

Mary Logeais, MD
Benjamin Webber, MD

Interventional Cardiology

Jason Bartos, MD, PhD
Abdi Jama, MD, FACC, RPVI
Marat Yanavitski, MD

Interventional Radiology

Shamar Young, MD

Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Sarah Cross, MD
Lisa Gill, MD
Bethany Sabol, MD

Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine

Melissa Engel, MD
Tate Gisslen, MD
Megan Paulsen, MD
Katherine Satrom, MD

Nephrology

Brady Brabec, MD
Sarah Elfering, MD
Daniel Keys, MD
Maxwell Leither, MD
Katti Woerner, DO

Neurology

Jessica Stulc, MD

Neurosurgery

Kristen Jones, MD
Carolina Sandoval Garcia, MD
Andrew Venteicher, MD, PhD

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Matthew Bigos, MD
Christy Boraas Alsleben, MD, MPH
David Clay, MD
Kristen Fried, MD
Caroline Haakenson, MD
Amy Hammers, MD
Jonathon Jaqua, DO
Erin Stevens, MD
Jenny Zhang, MD

Ophthalmology

Karen Armbrust, MD, PhD
Douglas Dworak, MD
Derek Horkey, MD
Joshua Hou, MD
Chrystia Lilley, MD, MPH
Scott Peterson, DO
Alexander Ringeisen, MD
Sasha Strul, MD
Peter Tang, MD
Justin Yamanuha, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Michael Anderson, DO
Hans Bengtson, MD
Caitlin Chambers, MD
David Hartigan, MD
Ryan Hess, MD
Patrick Horst, MD
Scott Pepin, MD
Peter Sanders, MD
Jeffrey Seybold, MD
Jack Skendzel, MD
John Tanner III, MD
Trevor Wahlquist, MD

Otolaryngology

Jamie Flohr, MD
Raluca Gray, MD
Luke Jakubowski, MD
Ashok Jethwa, MD
Abby Meyer, MD
Tyler Mingo, MD
Andrew Redmann, MD
Nathan Schularick, MD

Pain Management

Rupa Austria, MD, MPH
Andrew Clary, DO

Pediatric Cardiology

Varun Aggarwal, MD
Daniel Cortez, MD, PhD, FAAP, FACC, CCD
Stacie Knutson, MD
Nathan Rodgers, MD, MHA
Kavisha Shah, MD

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Ashley Bjorklund, MD
Julia Heneghan, MD
Miriam Shapiro, MD

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Callie Becker, MD
Larissa Beyerlein, MD
Kimara Gustafson, MD, MPH
Risha Moskalewicz, MD
Jonathan Strutt, MD

Pediatric Endocrinology

Megan Benisignor, MD, MSHP

Pediatric Gastroenterology

Catherine Larson-Nath, MD, CNSC

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Alexander Boucher, MD
Robin Williams, MD, MD

Pediatric Infectious Disease

Elizabeth Swanson, DO

Pediatric Nephrology

Scott McEwen, MD

Pediatric Neurology

Amy Catalfamo, MD
Amanda Moen, MD

Pediatric Rheumatology

Danielle Bullock, MD, MPH

Pediatric Urology

Katie Willihnganz-Lawson, MD

Pediatrics

Daniel Carballo, MD
Karl Eckberg, MD
Elsa Fiebiger, DO
Tracy Hall, MD
Kristin Jakubowski, MD
Nathalie Lechault, MD
Shannon Nolan, MD
Cally Prunty, MD
Megan Stalpes, MD
Jameel Winter, MD

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (Physiatry)

Michael Kasprzak, DO
Stephanie Standal, MD
Steven Stulc, DO

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Nicholas Kim, MD

Psychiatry

Katie Thorsness, MD

Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine

William Amundson, MD
Andrew Caraganis, MD
Roy Cho, MD, MHA
Yuka Furuya, MD
Nathaniel Gaeckle, MD
Katherine Janssen, MD
Erica Kuhlmann, DO
Kathryn Pendleton, MD
Nicole Roeder, MD

Radiation Oncology

Ryan Funk, MD
Christopher Wilke, MD, PhD
Ryan Youland, MD

Rheumatology

Nitika Ghattaura, MD
Kyle Sinclair, MD

Sleep Medicine

Umesh Goswami, MD

Sports Medicine

Brennan Boettcher, DO
David Supik, DO
Jarrod Yamanaka, MD

Surgery

Chimukangara Munyaradzi, MD
Christopher Tignanelli, MD
Sara Wildenberg, MD

Transplant Surgery

Vanessa Humphreville, MD, FACS
Varvara Kirchner, MD

Urology

Michael Ehlert, MD
Cynthia Fok, MD, MPH
Christina Godwin, MD
Joseph Pariser, MD
Joseph Zabell, MD

Urogynecology

Emily Myer, MD


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