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Minnesota Monthly recognizes nearly 200 of our physicians as “Top Doctors” in 2019

Minnesota Monthly’s 2019 Top Doctors list recognized of our 191 providers across 48 specialties for their top-notch care.
Pediatric Endocrinologist Melena Bellin, MD, is one of nearly 200 University of Minnesota Health and University of Minnesota Physicians doctors recognized by Minnesota Monthly in 2019.

“If you or a loved one needed medical care, which doctor would you recommend?”

Minnesota Monthly asked 10,000 licensed Minnesota doctors that question this year, and our doctors’ names kept coming up.

This week, Minnesota Monthly released its survey results in magazine’s 2019 edition of “Top Doctors.” The list recognizes 191 doctors from University of Minnesota Health and University of Minnesota Physicians. Our winners represent 48 different medical specialty areas—so no matter what type of care you need, one of our experts has you covered.

Minnesota Monthly first introduced the rankings in 2014. Physicians on the list were selected based on peer nominations and medical expertise. Survey participants were asked to name three doctors other than themselves in each specialty category and the doctors whose names appear most frequently are recognized in an edition of the magazine. The survey includes 11-county metro area plus Olmsted County. In addition to our winners, 162 physicians representing Fairview Health Services were also honored on the list. 

“Congratulations to each of these physicians for their being named Top Doctors,” said Badrinath Konety, MD, MBA, CEO of University of Minnesota Physicians and Vice Dean of Clinical Affairs for the University of Minnesota Medical School.  “This recognition underscores our commitment to driving a healthier future rooted in our values and commitments to the people we serve.”

Scroll down to see the complete list of M Health and M Physicians doctors recognized in 2019 by Minnesota Monthly. Pediatric specialists are marked with an asterisk.

Allergy & Immunology

Doug McMahon, MD


Kumar Belani, MBBS, MS, FACA, FAAP
Martina Richtsfeld, MD
Clarence Shannon IV, MD

Breast Surgery

Jane Hui, MD, MS
Sara Wildenberg, MD
Todd Tuttle, MD, MS


Matthew Ambrose, MD*
Rebecca Ameduri, MD*
Elizabeth Braunlin, MD, PhD*
Gurumurthy Hiremath Mallikarjun, MD, MBBS, FACC*
Jamie Lohr, MD*
Shamane March, MD
Cindy Martin, MD
Thenappan Thenappan, MD

Colon & Rectal Surgery

Wolfgang Gaertner, MD, MSC
Robert Madoff, MD
Genevieve Melton-Meaux, MD, PhD

Critical Care Medicine

Jason Bartos, MD, PhD
Gregory Beilman, MD
Melissa Brunsvold, MD, FACS
Caroline George, MD*
Sameer Gupta, MD
Ashley Loomis, MD*
Ronald Reilkoff, MD


Rehana Ahmed-Saucedo, MD, PhD
Kimberly Bohjanen, MD, FAAD
Christina Boull, MD, FAAD*
Noah Goldfarb, MD, FAAD
Maria Hordinsky, MD, FAAD
Ronda Farah, MD, FAAD
Kristen Hook, MD, FAAD*
Sheilagh Maguiness, MD, FAAD*
Ingrid Polcari, MD, FAAD*

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

Andrew Barnes, MD, MPH*
Katherine Murray, MD, MPH*

Diagnostic Radiology

Tara Holm, MD*
Jessica Kuehn-Hajder, MD

Emergency Medicine

Jeffrey Louie, MD*

Endocrinology & Metabolism

Melena Bellin, MD*
Lynn Burmeister, MD
Lisa Chow, MD, MS
Samar Malaeb, MD
Bradley Miller, MD, PhD*
Brandon Nathan, MD*
Kyriakie Sarafoglou, MD*
Elizabeth Seaquist, MD

Family Medicine

Kirby Clark, MD
Nicole Chaisson, MD, MPH
James Pacala, MD, MS
Kara Pacala, MD
Jon Hallberg, MD
Angela Smithson, MD, MPH
Carolyn Torkelson, MD

Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Stuart Amateau, MD, PhD
John Lake, MD
Catherine Larson-Nath, MD, CNSC
Sarah Schwarzenberg, MD*
Boris Sudel, MD

General Surgery

Robert Acton, MD*
Maria Evasovich, MD
Donavon Hess, MD, PhD, MBA*
Daniel Saltzman, MD, PhD*


Susan Berry, MD*
Timothy Moss, MD, PhD*
Mary Ella Pierpont, MD, PhD*

Gynecologic Oncology

Peter Argenta, MD
Britt Erickson, MD
Melissa Geller, MD
Sally Mullany, MD
Colleen Rivard Hunt, MD
Deanna Teoh, MD

Hand Surgery

Michael Forseth, MD
Ann Van Heest, MD


Mark Reding, MD
Gregory Vercellotti, MD, FACP


Heather Beckwith, MD
Anne Blaes, MD
Emily Greengard, MD*
Naomi Fujioka, MD
Emil Lou, MD, PhD, FACP
Christopher Moertel, MD*
Joseph Neglia, MD, MPH*
Manish Patel, DO
Karim Sadak, MD, MPH, MSE*
Heather Stefanski, MD, PhD*
Lucie Turcotte, MD, MHP*
Brenda Weigel, MD, MSc*

Hospice & Palliative Medicine

Naomi Goloff, MD
Drew Rosielle, MD

Hospital Medicine

Brian Muthyala, MD, MPH
Andrew Olson, MD

Infectious Disease

Anne-Marie Leuck, MD
Meghan Rothenberger, MD
Jo-Anne Young, MD

Internal Medicine

Bradley Benson, MD
David Macomber, MD

Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Stephen Contag, MD
Katherine Jacobs, DO
Dan Landers, MD, FACOG
Cresta Wedel Jones, MD
Yasuko Yamamura, MD

Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine

Catherine Bendel, MD
Erin Osterholm, MD
Sara Ramel, MD


Blanche Chavers, MD
Sarah Elfering, MD
Michelle Rheault, MD
Samy Riad, MD, MS
Priya Verghese, MD, MPH*


Peter Karachunski, MD
Joseph Matsumoto, MD
David Walk, MD


Andrew Grande, MD
Daniel Guillaume, MD, MS*
Matthew Hunt, MD
Ramachandra Tummala, MD, FRCS, FAANS

Nuclear Medicine

Zuzan Cayci, MD
Jerry Froelich, MD

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Suzanne Darnell, MD
Rebecca French, MD
Samantha Hoffman, MD
Mary Pukite, MD
Carrie Terrell, MD, FACOG


Jill Anderson, MD
Raymond Areaux Jr., MD*
Andrew Harrison, MD
Dara Koozekanani, MD, PhD
Michael Lee, MD
Collin McClelland, MD
Ali Mokhtarzadeh, MD


Cheryl Zabrowski, OD, FAAO, FSLS

Orthopedic Surgery

Elizabeth Arendt, MD
Jonathan Braman, MD
Alicia Harrison, MD, MS*
Jeffrey Macalena, MD
Bradley Nelson, MD


Meredith Adams, MD 
Holly Boyer, MD
Luke Jakubowski, MD*
Samir Khariwala, MD
Stephanie Misono, MD, MPH
Brianne Roby, MD
Bevan Yueh, MD, MPH


Mahmoud Khalifa, MD, PhD


Emily Borman-Shoap, MD*

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Scott Crowe, MD
Dennis Dykstra, MD, PhD

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Marie-Claire Buckley, MD
Umar Choudry, MD
Sofia Lyford-Pike, MD


Aaron Corfield, DPM
James Mazzuca, DPM
Joseph Schuster, DPM


Deanna Bass, MD
Katharine Nelson, MD

Radiation Oncology

L. Chinsoo Cho, MD, MS
Kathryn Dusenbery, MD
Margaret Reynolds, MD
B. Aika Shoo, MD
Christopher Wilke, MD, PhD
Jianling Yuan, MD, PhD


Kelly Dietz, MD
Michael Murati, MD*
Benjamin Spilseth, MD


Bryce Binstadt, MD, PhD*
Colleen Correll, MD*
Patricia Hobday, MD*
Jerry Molitor, MD, PhD
Mona Riskalla, MD, MS
Richard Vehe, MD*

Sleep Disorders

Tereza Cervenka, MD
Michael Howell, MD
Conrad Iber, MD

Sports Medicine

David Jewison, MD
Dave Smith, DO

Thoracic Surgery

Rafael Andrade, MD
Ranjit John, MD
Rosemary Kelly, MD


J. Kyle Anderson, MD
Sean Elliott, MD
Cynthia Fok, MD, MPH
William Kaylor, MD
Badrinath Konety, MD
Jane Lewis, MD
Nissrine Nakib, MD
Christopher Warlick, MD, PhD
Christopher Weight, MD

Vascular and Interventional Radiology

Charles Dietz, MD
Siobhan Flanagan, MD
Michael Rosenberg, MD