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Nearly 100 University of Minnesota Health doctors honored as 2019 “Rising Stars” by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

Last week, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine released its 2019 edition of “Top Doctors: Rising Stars,” an annual list of up-and-coming physicians who are making a mark in medicine.
University of Minnesota Health Cardiologist Abdi Jama, MD, FACC, RPVI, is one 93 University of Minnesota Health and University of Minnesota Physicians doctors included in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine's annual list of "Rising Stars."

Nearly 100 University of Minnesota Health physicians have been honored as “Rising Stars” this year by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.

The magazine released its 2019 “Rising Stars” list last week. This year, the list includes 93 University of Minnesota Health and University of Minnesota Physicians doctors across more than 30 specialties. 

The list highlights exceptional physicians who've been practicing in their specialty for 10 years or less. Each physician was nominated by his or her peers and evaluated on a variety of factors, including professional achievement, review by an expert physician panel and individual disciplinary history.

“Congratulations to each of our physicians who have received the Rising Star award,” said Badrinath Konety, MD, MBA, CEO of University of Minnesota Physicians. “This recognition is a tribute to these talented physicians, our entire system, and the great care our people provide every single day to our patients.”

The list also includes 95 providers from Fairview, HealthEast, and independent clinics that are part of our larger provider network. Together with the UMP honorees, our joint healthcare system accounts for 188 of the physicians on the list—or nearly half of the magazine’s total awardees.

“We’re very proud of these physicians and this honor they have earned,” said Mark Welton, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Fairview Health Services. “Their talent, compassion and commitment are very important to our collective work of delivering upon our mission for our patients and becoming one of the top 10 health care systems in the country.”

Scroll down to see the full list of University of Minnesota Health and University of Minnesota Physicians honorees below. Pediatric physicians are noted with an asterisk following their names. 

Adoption Medicine

Judith Eckerle, MD*


Matthew Armfield, MD, MAEd*

Jakob Guenther, MD

Jacob Hutchins, MD

Julia Weinkauf, MD


Abdi Jama, MD, FACC, RPVI

Brian Joy, MD*

Nathan Rodgers, MD*

Aura Sanchez Mejia, MD*

Critical Care

Miriam Shapiro, MD*


Rehana Ahmed-Saucedo, MD, PhD

Christina Boull, MD*

Ronda Farah, MD
Kevin  Gaddis, MD

Adam Mattox, DO

Daniel Miller, MD

Emergency Medicine

Jonathan Strutt, MD*


Anne Bantle, MD

Muna Sunni, MD*

Family Medicine

Kathryn Freeman, MD

James Hougas, III, MD

Laura Miller, MD

Tanner Nissly, DO

Jason Ricco, MD, MPH

Cherilyn Wicks, MD


Nabeel Azeem, MD

Catherine Larson-Nath, MD*

Nicholas Lim, MD

Eugenia Shmidt, MD

Guru Trikudanathan, MD, MBBS

Byron Vaughn, MD

Kimberly Viskocil, MD

Genetics and Metabolism

Timothy Moss, MD*

Gynecologic Oncology

Britt Erickson, MD

Colleen Rivard, MD


Marshall Mazepa, MD


Katherine Chang, MD

Robin Williams, MD, MS*

Infectious Disease

Archana Bhaskaran, MD

Jaime Green, MD

Elizabeth Swanson, MD*

Internal Medicine

Jill Bowman Peterson, MD

Briar Duffy, MD, MS

Ryan Kelly, MD*

Mary Logeais, MD

Brian Muthyala, MD, MPH

Bernard Trappey, MD*

Maternal/Fetal Medicine

Katherine Jacobs, DO


Sarah Elfering, MD

Daniel Keys, MD

Katti Woerner, DO


William Schmalstieg, MD


Kristen Jones, MD


Heather Beckwith, MD


Collin McClelland, MD*

Joshua Olson, MD

Michael Page, MD, MA

Sasha Strul, MD*


Jennifer Hsia, MD

Luke Jakubowski, MD*

Sobia Khaja, MD

Sofia Lyford-Pike, MD

Palliative Care

Annette Nijjar, MD


Michael Linden, MD

Paari Murugan, MD

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Sofia Lyford-Pike, MD


Lara Al-Ejeilat, MD*

Naomi Goloff, MD*

Laura Hagemeyer, MD*

Janet Hume, MD*


Jessica Cici, MD*

Christopher Erickson, MD

Katharine Nelson, MD


Roy Cho, MD, MHA

Nathaniel Gaeckle, MD

Umesh Goswami, MD

Helena Molero-Ramirez, MD*

Kathryn Pendleton, MD

Laurel Stephenson, MD

Radiation Oncology

Christopher Wilke, MD


Anil Chauhan, MD

Kelly Dietz, MD*

Siobhan Flanagan, MD

Joseph Gill, MD

Noelle Hoven, MD

Matthew Rischall, MD

Benjamin Spilseth, MD

Takashi Takahashi, MD

Shamar Young, MD


Danielle Bullock, MD, MPH*

Sports Medicine

David Jewison, MD

Thoracic Surgery

Madhuri Rao, MD

Matthew Soule, MD

Transplant Surgery

Varvara Kirchner, MD


Stephen Bennett, MD

Michael Borofsky, MD

Cynthia Fok, MD