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More than 130 University of Minnesota Health physicians honored as “Top Doctors” in 2017

This year, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine released the 21st annual “Top Doctors” edition, featuring hundreds of physicians recognized by peers in their field.
Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist Mohamed Hassan, MD, is one of more than 130 University of Minnesota Health physicians recognized this year by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine as a "Top Doctor."

Every year, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine asks thousands of doctors across the Twin Cities region a simple question: Which doctor would you choose if you or a loved one needed medical attention?

The top results from that survey are compiled for the magazine’s annual “Top Doctors” issue.

This year, we’re proud to announce that 149 University of Minnesota Physicians doctors representing 41 different medical specialties were selected by peers in their field for inclusion in the magazine’s Top Doctors edition. Of those chosen, 138 are affiliated with University of Minnesota Health.

The 2017 Top Doctors list, released on June 14, recognized a total of 803 doctors in the Twin Cities for their exceptional care. University of Minnesota Health doctors represent roughly 17 percent of that total.

The rankings are determined by a survey sent to 5,000 licensed physicians in the 10-county metro area. Survey participants are asked to nominate one or more doctors, excluding themselves. The candidates who made the final list were evaluated on indicators of peer recognition, professional achievement, and disciplinary history. In addition, a blue-ribbon panel of physicians also reviewed each Top Doctors candidate. The magazine also conducted reputation-based research.

Scroll down to see the complete list of UMPhysicians and M Health doctors recognized by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. An asterisk indicates a pediatric provider. Two asterisks indicates a provider who sees both adults and children. Click here for a list of last year’s honorees.


Richard Prielipp, MD

Cardiac Surgery

Ranjit John, MD
Rosemary Kelly, MD
Kenneth Liao, MD, PhD
Sara Shumway, MD


Stephen Battista, MD, FACC
Karl Foster-Smith, MD, FACC
Jamie Lohr, MD*
Ganesh Raveendran, MD
Scott Sakaguchi, MD

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Robert Madoff, MD
Genevieve Melton-Meaux, MD, PhD

Critical Care Medicine

Caroline George, MD*
Robert Kempainen, MD


Mitchell Bender, MD
Kimberly Bohjanen, MD
Kristen Hook, MD*
Maria Hordinsky, MD**

Emergency Medicine

Eric Christianson, MD
Ronald Furnival, MD*
Mark Roback, MD*


John Bantle, MD
Charles Billington, MD
Lynn Burmeister, MD
Bradley Miller, MD, PhD*
Antoinette Moran, MD*
Brandon Nathan, MD*
J. Bruce Redmon, MD
Elizabeth Seaquist, MD

Family Medicine

Patricia Adam, MD, MSPH**
Nicole Chaisson, MD, MPH
Jon Hallberg, MD
Kara Pacala, MD
Jamie Santilli, MD**
Carolyn Torkelson, MD
Shailey Prasad, MD, MPH
Michael Wootten, MD


Alan Baldridge, MD*
Martin Freeman, MD
Mohamed Hassan, MD
John Lake, MD
J. Shawn Mallery, MD
Sarah Jane Schwarzenberg, MD*
Boris Sudel, MD*

Genetic Medicine

Susan Berry, MD*


Teresa McCarthy, MD, MS
James Pacala, MD, MS

Gynecologic Oncology

Peter Argenta, MD
Linda Carson, MD, FACOG
Levi Downs, Jr., MD, MS, FACOG
Melissa Geller, MD
Rahel Ghebre, MD
Sally Mullany, MD


Philip McGlave, MD
Mark Reding, MD
Marie Steiner, MD, MS*
Gregory Vercellotti, MD


Edward Greeno, MD
Joseph Neglia, MD, MPH*
Paul Orchard, MD*
Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD*
John Wagner, Jr., MD*
Brenda Weigel, MD, MSc*
Douglas Yee, MD

Infectious Diseases

Karan Obeid, MD
Mark Schleiss, MD*
Daniel Zydowicz, MD

Internal Medicine

Bradley Benson, MD*
William Conroy, MD

Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Daniel Landers, MD, FACOG
Yasuko Yamamura, MD

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Catherine Bendel, MD*
Thomas George, MD*
Michael Georgieff, MD*
Sixto Guiang, III, MD*


Blanche Chavers, MD*
Clifford Kashtan, MD*
Connie Manske, MD, MPH
Lydia Najera, MD*
Michelle Rheault, MD*
Priya Verghese, MD, MPH*


Daniel Guillaume, MD, MS*
Stephen Haines, MD, FRCS, FAANS**
Matthew Hunt, MD, FRCS, FAANS
Ramachandra Tummala, MD, FRCS, FAANS


Thomas Henry, MD
Paul Tuite, MD
John Tulloch, MD
David Walk, MD


Christopher Moertel, MD*


Carrie Terrell, MD, FACOG


Andrew Harrison, MD
Michael Lee, MD
C. Gail Summers, MD*
Martha Wright, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery

Edward Cheng, MD**
Denis Clohisy, MD**
Peter Cole, MD
Mark Dahl, MD**
Patrick Morgan, MD
Jonathan Sembrano, MD*
Marc Swiontkowski, MD
Ann Van Heest, MD**


George Goding, Jr., MD
Peter Hilger, MD
Bevan Yueh, MD, MPH


Anthony A. Killeen, MD, PhD           

Pediatric Surgery

Robert Acton, MD*
Daniel Saltzman, MD, PhD*


Claudia Fox, MD*
Cynthia Howard, MD, MPHTM*
Abraham Jacob, MD, MHA*
Kyriakie Sarafoglou, MD*

Physical Medicine/Rehabilitation (Physiatry)

Dennis Dykstra, MD, PhD**

Plastic Surgery

Umar Choudry, MD


Gail Bernstein, MD*
Sheila Specker, MD

Pulmonary Medicine

Joanne Billings, MD, PhD*
Erhan Dincer, MD
Marshall Hertz, MD
Hyun Joo Kim, MD

Radiation Oncology

Kathryn Dusenbery, MD**


Bryce Binstadt, MD, MPH*
Jerry Molitor, MD
Mona Riskalla, MD, MS*
Richard Vehe, MD*

Sports Medicine

Elizabeth Arendt, MD
Joel Boyd, MD**
Jonathan Braman, MD
David Fischer, MD
Robert Johnson, MD
Bradley Nelson, MD
David Olson, MD
Steven Stovitz, MD

Surgery, General

Gregory Beilman, MD*
Jeffrey Chipman, MD
Maria Evasovich, MD (Surgical Oncology)
James Harmon, Jr., MD
Sayeed Ikramuddin, MD, MHA
Eric Jensen, MD (Surgical Oncology)
Todd Tuttle, MD, MS (Surgical Oncology)

Thoracic Surgery

Rafael Andrade, MD

Transplant Surgery

Timothy Pruett, MD


J. Kyle Anderson, MD
Sean Elliott, MD
John Hulbert, MD
William Kaylor, Jr., MD
Badrinath Konety, MD
Jane Lewis, MD*