Faculty

Nathan Anderson, MD
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Felix Ankel, MD
Medical Director, Education. HealthPartners Institute.
Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota.
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Residency: University of Illinois-Chicago
Medical School: University of Wisconsin
Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee BA-Zoology
Hometown: ROSEVILLE
Interests & Hobbies:

Family, film, and travel.

Professional Interests:

Future of medical education https://icenetblog.royalcollege.ca/?s=felix+ankel

Future of educational organizations https://www.minnesotafutura.org/

Board of Directors, American Board of Emergency Medicine

Twitter @felixankel

https://www.linkedin.com/in/felixankel/

Kelly Barringer, MD
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School
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Medical School: MD – Michigan State University – East Lansing, MI
Undergraduate Degree: BS – Exercise Physiology – Brigham Young University – Provo, UT
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Running, hockey, sports, travel, family. Education and Ultrasound

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Bradley Barth, MD
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Residency: Regions Hospital Emergency Medicine
Medical School: MD: University of Minnesota
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Emily Binstadt, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School
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Residency: Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Medical School: Mayo Medical School
Undergraduate Degree: Duke University
Hometown: Stillwater, MN
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Matthew Bogan, MD
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Medical School: MD – University of Minnesota
Undergraduate Degree: BSE – Mechanical Engineering – Iowa State University
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Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society

Playing, reading and spending time with 2 young sons, outdoor activities (family walks, playing catch), regularly exercising to maintain fitness level, going to football and baseball games, home improvement, building and repair projects

 

 

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Jennifer Boklewski, M.D.
Medical Doctor, Valley Group
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Residency: Hennepin County Medical Center
Medical School: University of Illinois
Undergraduate Degree: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, B.S. Kinesiology
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Interests & Hobbies:

Travel, Cooking, Film

Professional Interests:

Ultrasound, Education

Ryan Bourdon, MD, MBA
Associate Director of Quality, Department of Emergency Medicine, Regions Hospital
Emergency Department Medical Director, St Croix Regional Medical Center
Assistant Fellowship Director, Medical Quality Management & Patient Safety Fellowship, HealthPartners
Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota School of Medicine
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Residency: Regions Hospital
Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Undergraduate Degree: Michigan Technological University, BS Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Circle Pines, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

Backpacking, canoeing, cycling, woodworking

Professional Interests:

Quality improvement and patient safety

Charles Bruen, MD
Dept of Critical Care Medicine
Dept of Emergency Medicine
Minnesota Mobile Resuscitation Consortium (MMRC)
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Residency: Hennepin County Medical Center
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Undergraduate Degree: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Hometown: No. Hollywood, CA
Interests & Hobbies:

Applicant to the Society of Explorers and Adventures. Closet artist. Earthling (for now). Most importantly, husband to my wife & superhero to my son.

Professional Interests:

Special interest in cardiovascular critical care, cardiac arrest, resuscitation, acute coronary syndrome, ECMO, and airway management.

Aaron Burnett, MD
EMS Fellowship Director
State of MN EMS Medical Director
EMS Medical Director
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota
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Residency: Regions Hospital/HealthPartners
Medical School: SUNY Upstate – Syracuse
Undergraduate Degree: Boston University, BA Earth Sciences
Hometown: Binghamton, NY
Interests & Hobbies:

Canoeing, camping, hiking, playing with my kids

Professional Interests:

Prehospital Medicine/EMS
Research – Co-PI for U of MN SIREN Hub, cardiac arrest, airway management, paramedic education, prehospital sepsis

Jonathan Burns, DO FACEP FAAEM
Attending physician Amery Regional Medical Center
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Residency: York, Pennsylvania
Medical School: Des Moines University
Undergraduate Degree: University of Northern Iowa
Hometown: Ames, Iowa
Interests & Hobbies:

Fishing, Mountain biking, cooking fitness and being outside. I have 3 talented boys that are involved in a lot of activities and I love to be a part of their adventure!

Professional Interests:

Medical education, airway management, trauma and toxicology

Eric Dahl, MD
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Medical School: MD/MPH: University of Minnesota
Undergraduate Degree: University of Minnesota
Hometown:
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Ceramics, wine/beer brewing, Brett Favre.

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Rachel Dahms, MD
HealthPartners Physician Lead for Undergraduate Medical Education
REACH LIC Co-Director
Assistant Professor, UMN
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Residency: Indiana University
Medical School: UMN
Undergraduate Degree: UMN, Microbiology and Spanish
Hometown: Maplewood, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

Science fiction and fantasy, travel, herpetology, beer

Professional Interests:

Resident education
Procedural competency
Medical student education
Infectious diseases
Learner remediation

Maria Finke, MD
EM Senior Staff, HealthPartners Valley Group
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Residency: University of Rochester
Medical School: University of Minnesota
Undergraduate Degree: University of Minnesota, BA Political Science
Hometown: Medina, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

hiking, cooking, gardening, cycling

Professional Interests:

community emergency medicine, health equity

RJ Frascone, MD
Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota School of Medicine
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Residency: St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center (Family Practice)
Medical School: University of Minnesota
Undergraduate Degree: St. John’s University
Hometown: St. Paul, MN
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Bradley Gordon, MD, MS
Staff Physician, Regions Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine
Clinical Investigator, HealthPartners Institute
Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota
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Residency: Regions Hospital / HealthPartners
Medical School: Creighton University
Undergraduate Degree: Colorado State University – BS Biochemistry / Chemistry
Hometown: Denver, CO
Interests & Hobbies:

Canoeing, backpacking, camping, general aviation, gardening, electronics/robotics.

Professional Interests:

Health Informatics, Opioid use and misuse

Kristi Grall, MD, MHPE
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine – University of Minnesota Medical School
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Residency: William Beaumont – Royal Oak, MI
Medical School: MD – Medical College of Wisconsin
Undergraduate Degree: BS – Biology – University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Hometown:
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Medical education, curriculum, distance running

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Theresa Gunnarson, MD
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Paul Haller, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota School of Medicine
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Residency: University of Minnesota (Internal Medicine)
Post Residency Training: Chief Resident, St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center (IM)
Medical School: University of Minnesota
Undergraduate Degree: Moorhead State University
Hometown: St. Michael, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

Family, sports, reading.

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Cullen Hegarty, MD
Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency Program
Co-chair of the CORD SLOE committee
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
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Residency: HealthPartners/Regions Hospital
Medical School: University of Minnesota
Undergraduate Degree: University of Notre Dame, BS in Biology
Hometown: Rosemount, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

Spending time with family (wife Kelly, children Jenna, Joey and Caden), travel, running, watching/playing sports and participating in fantasy sports, and grilling.

Professional Interests:

Resident education, resident wellness, assessment of well-being, team leadership, compassion in Emergency Medicine, medical student advising, EM application process and the SLOE.

Jackie Hegarty, MD, MBA
ED Medical Director, Westfields Hospital
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Residency: Regions Hospital
Medical School: University of Minnesota
Undergraduate Degree: St. Olaf College, Mathematics/Exercise Science
Hometown: St. Paul, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

Spending time with family, running and almost any other physical activity, spending time outside, HGTV

Professional Interests:

Healthcare leadership and communication, optimizing healthcare operations, quality, and patient safety, improving patient experience, healthcare systems, business of healthcare, standardization

Jonathan Heimler, MD
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Residency: Regions Hospital
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Undergraduate Degree: Summa Cum Laude – Biology – University of North Dakota
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Interests & Hobbies:

Sports (especially football, basketball, track, baseball, volleyball, golf, badminton, and tennis); Fishing; Hunting (deer, turkey, pheasant, grouse, duck); Cooking without recipes; Home-brewing beer and wine; trying new foods; TV shows (All time favorites are Scrubs and The Office); -Movies (anything but horror movies, favorite movie- Hot Shots); Music (all types, favorite band- Counting Crows)

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Keith Henry, MD
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School
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Residency: Regions Hospital
Medical School: University of Arizona
Undergraduate Degree: Northern Arizona University
Hometown: Gila Bend, AZ
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Medical student education, ethics.

 

Brad Hernandez, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School
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Residency: Regions Hospital
Medical School: University of Iowa
Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Sports, Cooking, Boating.

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Kurt Isenberger, MD
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School
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Residency: Regions Hospital
Medical School: Medical College of Milwaukee
Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh
Hometown: Baraboo, WI
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Ultrasound education

 

Allison Knorzer, MD
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Residency: Regions Hospital
Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
Undergraduate Degree: Appalachian State University
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Peter Kumasaka, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota School of Medicine
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Residency: Christ Hospital
Medical School: University of Rochester
Undergraduate Degree: Carleton College
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
Interests & Hobbies:

Ultimate Frisbee, Fly Fishing

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Robert LeFevere, MD
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School
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Residency: Regions Hospital
Medical School: Creighton University
Undergraduate Degree: St Olaf College
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

Travel, golf

Professional Interests:

Medical student education

 

Eric Ling, MD
Vice President of Medical Affairs, Westfields Hospital & Clinic
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Residency: Hennepin Healthcare
Medical School: Northwestern University
Undergraduate Degree: University of Minnesota, Degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Philosophy
Hometown: Lake Elmo, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

Reading, running, games with family

Professional Interests:

Ethics, flattening hierarchies, optimizing clinician experience

JoAnn Litkey, MD
EM Senior Staff, HealthPartners Valley Group
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Sheffey Massey, MD
EM Senior Staff, HealthPartners Valley Group
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Brian Mehus, MD
Senior Staff, HealthPartners EM Valley Group
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Medical School: University of Minnesota
Undergraduate Degree: BS – Biology – University of Minnesota
Hometown:
Interests & Hobbies:

Spending time with family and dog, camping, hiking, climbing, gardening, running, cycling, swimming, wakeboarding, reading.

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Matthew Morgan, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School
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Residency: Regions Hospital
Fellowship: Regions Hospital Toxicology
Medical School: Chicago Medical School
Undergraduate Degree: Southwest Missouri State
Hometown:
Interests & Hobbies:

Guitar, travel

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Jessie Nelson, MD
Director of Emergency Medicine Education ResearchCore Faculty
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota
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Residency: Regions Hospital/HealthPartners
Medical School: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Undergraduate Degree: University of Minnesota, B.S. Genetics and Cell Biology
Hometown: Enderlin, ND
Interests & Hobbies:

Reading, mostly nonfiction. Crafts when time and patience allows. Personal productivity (oh, the systems I’ve worked through). Board games and puzzles with the family. Watching my kids grow up too fast. Mostly alone things since I’m a raging introvert.

Professional Interests:

Medical Education
Continuing Professional Development
Influence
Simulation
Disaster Medicine

Mark Newman, MD
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Residency: Thomas Jefferson University
Medical School: University of Nebraska
Undergraduate Degree: Nebraska Wesleyan University
Hometown:
Interests & Hobbies:

Fishing, hiking, snowboarding, literature, music

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Levon O’hAodha, MD
Staff physicianChief of Staff Hudson Hospital and ClinicDirector of Emergency Services Hudson Hospital and Clinic
Clinical Instructor, St Catherine’s PA programClinical Instructor, Des Moines University School of Osteopathic Medicine
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Residency: University of Michigan
Medical School: University of Minnesota
Undergraduate Degree: Hamline University, St Paul, MN – BA Anthropology
Hometown: Blaine, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

Golf
Shooting Sports
Brewing

Professional Interests:

Sepsis
Patient Throughput
Cultural interactions in the ED
Student Education

Enyioma Okechukwu, MD
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Residency: Regions Hospital
Medical School: New York Medical College
Undergraduate Degree: University of Michigan
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Michael Paddock, DO, MS
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Residency: Cook County – Chicago, IL
Fellowship: Medical Education Research, Innovation, Teaching and Scholarship (MERITS) – University of Chicago
Medical School: DO – A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate Degree: BS – Cell Biology – University of Minnesota-Duluth
MS – Biomedical Science (Physiology) – A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osetopathic Medicine
Hometown:
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Professional Interests:

Residency curriculum development, technology in medical education, asynchronous and online education, point of care ultrasonography.

 

Josh Peltier, MD
EM Senior Staff, HealthPartners Valley Group
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School.
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Residency: HealthPartners – Regions Hospital
Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
Undergraduate Degree: University of Minnesota-Duluth; Biology B.S.
Hometown: Stillwater, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

Playing, reading and spending time with my sons, woodworking, home improvement projects, running, golfing, hockey.

Professional Interests:

POC Ultrasound, Medical Student Education, ED flow

Bjorn Peterson, MD
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Residency: Fellowship: Emergency Medical Services
Medical School: Loma Linda University
Undergraduate Degree: Bethel University – Computer Science
Hometown:
Interests & Hobbies:

Prior to Medical School: – Software Developer

Skiing, playing with my kids, homebrewing

Professional Interests:

Emergency Medical Services, Informatics<br/>Committees/Societies: – SAEM, NAEMSP, AMA

 

Brian Peterson, DO
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Karen Quaday, MD
Physician Director of Operations
Assistant Professor
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Residency: Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI. Dual residency with Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine
Medical School: Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Undergraduate Degree: Albion College, Albion, MI. BA in Biology and BA in Chemistry
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Interests & Hobbies:

Tennis, golf, puzzles, reading

Professional Interests:

I work in Hospice and Palliative Care in addition to Emergency Medicine.

Martin Richards, Jr., MD
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Callie Schnitker, MD
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Residency: Regions Hospital
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
Undergraduate Degree: University of Minnesota; MS – Tufts University
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Steve Stanfield, MD
Medical Director of Quality and Patient Safety for Emergency Medicine, Regions Hospital
Section Head, Emergency Medicine, Regions Hospital
Assistant Faculty at University of Minnesota
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Residency: Palmetto Health Richland Memorial, Columbia, SC
Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Undergraduate Degree: Clemson University, BS, MArch
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Interests & Hobbies:

Hiking, Bicycling, kayaking and just about anything outside.

Professional Interests:

Emergency medicine education
Emergency Medicine quality improvement.
Emergency department operations and flow improvement
Wilderness Medicine
Acute Stroke Care
Acute Sepsis Care
Acute trauma care,
ATLS instructor
Rare procedures

Samuel Stellpflug, MD; FAACT, FACMT, FACEP, FAAEM
Faculty Physician, Regions Hospital Emergency Department
Director, Regions Hospital Toxicology and MedTox Fellowship
Consultant, Minnesota Poison Control System
Associate Professor of EM, U of MN Medical School
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Residency: Regions Hospital
Medical School: University of Wisconsin
Undergraduate Degree: Marquette University
Hometown: Beaver Dam, WI
Interests & Hobbies:

Watching my kids grow and learn stuff. Brazilian jiu jitsu and MMA. Wisconsin sports.

Professional Interests:

Acute and critical care toxicology. Emergency medicine. Medical education. Decision making. Test ordering efficiency. Overdoses impacting the heart, peripheral vasculature, and brain blood flow. Physiology and safety of neck compression techniques in combat scenarios.

Amy Stoesz, MD
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Residency: Regions Hospital
Medical School: University of Minnesota
Undergraduate Degree: Bethel University
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Ashley TeKippe, MD
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Residency: Fellowship – Sports Medicine – University of Utah
Medical School: University of Iowa
Undergraduate Degree: BA – Biology – Luther College
Hometown:
Interests & Hobbies:

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society<br/>Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society<br/>Beta Beta Beta Honor Society<br/>Canoeing, skiing, golfing, running, basketball, flag football, learning to play new instruments, most recently the acoustic guitar.

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Kevin Torkelson, MD
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Medical School: University of North Dakota
Undergraduate Degree: BA – Biology (Major) & Psychology (Minor) – Concordia College Moorhead
Hometown:
Interests & Hobbies:

Spending time with family, friends and dog Max, playing hockey and golf, outdoor running, hiking, backpacking and camping.

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Amy Walsh, MD MDP
Global EM Fellowship DirectorValley Emergency Physician
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Residency: University of Iowa
Medical School: University of Minnesota
Undergraduate Degree: University of Missouri, BS Biology
Hometown: Bettendorf, Iowa
Interests & Hobbies:

Foraging for wild edible foods
Natural Movement
Tree propagation
Running
Open water swimming
Reading
Storytelling

Professional Interests:

Context-based medicine and ways of knowing
Global Medical Education and Partnerships
Maternal health

Joe Walter, MD
Emergency Medicine Physician, HealthPartners Medical Group
Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Physician, Hennepin County Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School
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Residency: Regions
Medical School: Saint Louis University
Undergraduate Degree: University of Minnesota; Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
Hometown: Wanamingo, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

Curling, racquetball, tennis, board games, disc golf, travel.

Professional Interests:

FOAMed, documentation efficiency, epic training.

Bjorn Westgard, MD, MA
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School
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Jenna Wilkinson, MD
Faculty, Department of Emergency Medicine
Medical Toxicologist, Regions Hospital
Consultant, Minnesota Poison Control System
Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School
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Residency: Regions Hospital
Medical School: University of Iowa
Undergraduate Degree: University of Iowa, BS in Exercise Physiology
Hometown: Dallas, TX and Clinton, IA
Interests & Hobbies:

Live music, running, cycling, traveling, food.

Professional Interests:

Cardiovascular toxins, antidotal therapy, critical care toxicology

Benjamin Willenbring, MD
Faculty Physician, Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology
Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Medical School Department of Emergency Medicine
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Residency: Drexel University College of Medicine
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
Undergraduate Degree: University of Minnesota
Hometown: Saint Paul, MN
Interests & Hobbies:

Backpacking, cooking, woodworking, raiding my kids.

Professional Interests:

Medical care of the critically ill poisoned person.

Casey Woster, MD
Senior Staff Physician, Regions Hospital
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota
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Residency: Regions Hospital
Medical School: Creighton University
Undergraduate Degree: Creighton University
Hometown: Sioux Falls, SD
Interests & Hobbies:

Travel, reading, hiking, and newly mountain biking.

Professional Interests:

Emergency Ultrasound
ECMO

Wendy Woster, MD
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Residency: Emergency Medicine – Regions Hospital
Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
Undergraduate Degree: BS – Nutrition – Arizona State University
Hometown:
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Other Career(s) Prior to Medical School: – General Mills

Family, travel, hiking, trying new beers.

Professional Interests:

International medicine, sports medicine

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Andrew Zinkel, MD, MBA
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine – University of Minnesota Medical School
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Residency: Emergency Medicine – University of Illinois at Chicago
Medical School: University of Wisconsin – Madison, WI
Undergraduate Degree: BS – Medical Microbiology and Immunology – University of Wisconsin-Madison
MBA – University of Minnesota Carlson School of Business – Minneapolis, MN
Hometown:
Interests & Hobbies:

Snowboarding, disc golfing, travel, violin

Professional Interests:

Residency education, emergency department efficiency, quality

 

Michael Zwank, MD
Ultrasound DirectorRegions Hospital Emergency Department
Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School
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Residency: Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA
Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI
Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin, BS
Hometown: Middleton, WI
Interests & Hobbies:

I really enjoy just about any outdoor activity including hiking, climbing, backpacking, camping, running, biking, swimming, disc golfing, slacklining and others. I play a lot of tennis and spend a lot of time on cross country skis and on a snowboard. I am married to an awesome woman and we have two teenage boys and I have been fortunate to watch them succeed at their pursuits.

Professional Interests:

I think ultrasound is amazing – it provides better care to the patient and better professional satisfaction to me.