Mpls.St.Paul Magazine recently named over 200 HealthPartners doctors as 2021 Top Doctors. Included in the list of Top Doctors are 60 physicians recognized as Rising Stars for making a significant impact in the first decade of their career as fully licensed doctors.

These doctors represent 39 specialties across our care organization at HealthPartners, Park Nicollet, Lakeview Hospital, TRIA, Regions and Methodist Hospitals, and more.

Top Doctors are nominated by their peers, then evaluated by an expert physician review panel to assess their professional achievements and other factors. Only doctors with the highest total points are named Top Doctors.

Congratulations to all our 2021 Top Doctors and Rising Stars! We’re so proud of you. And we’re proud of all our doctors and clinicians who aim to provide patients with incredible care across all our hospitals, clinics and specialty centers.

* denotes Top Doctor

** denotes Rising Star

Our 2021 Top Doctor and Rising Star honorees

Allergy and immunology

  • Jennifer L. Oldham, MD* | HealthPartners Riverway Clinic, Anoka; HealthPartners Specialty Center - Allergy & Asthma, Saint Paul

Anesthesiology

  • Edward V. Violante, MD* | TRIA Orthopedic Urgent Care, Bloomington

Cardiac surgery

Cardiology

  • Elizabeth A. Bisinov, MD* | Hutchinson Health Clinic, Hutchinson; Park Nicollet Heart and Vascular Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park; Park Nicollet Specialty Center, Shakopee
  • Rufino E. M. Festin, MD* | Park Nicollet Clinic and Specialty Center, Maple Grove; Park Nicollet Heart and Vascular Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park
  • Pawan K. Hari, MBBS** | Park Nicollet Heart and Vascular Center, Saint Louis Park
  • Andrew L. McGinn, MD* | HealthPartners Clinic, Apple Valley
  • William B. Nelson, MD* | HealthPartners Clinic, Apple Valley; HealthPartners Clinic, Bloomington; Regions Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Saint Paul; Regions Hospital - The Heart Center, Saint Paul
  • Pamela R. Paulsen, MD* | HealthPartners Clinic, Arden Hills; HealthPartners Clinic – Como, Saint Paul; Regions Hospital, Saint Paul
  • Soma Sen, MD* | Park Nicollet Clinic and Specialty Center, Burnsville; Park Nicollet Heart and Vascular Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park
  • Jeffrey J. Shultz, MD* | Park Nicollet Specialty Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park
  • Jay Scott Simonson, MD* | Park Nicollet Clinic and Specialty Center, Burnsville; Park Nicollet Specialty Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park
  • Stephen J. Smalley, MD* | HealthPartners Clinic Hudson; Regions Hospital - The Heart Center, Saint Paul; Park Nicollet Specialty Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park
  • Dennis W. Zhu, MD* | Regions Hospital - The Heart Center, Saint Paul

Colon and rectal surgery

  • George Eric Belzer, MD* | Park Nicollet Digestive and Endoscopy Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park; Park Nicollet Specialty Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park
  • Christopher Jen-Hung Chow, MD** | Park Nicollet Specialty Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park; Park Nicollet Clinic and Specialty Center, Burnsville
  • David J. Willis, MD* | Park Nicollet Digestive and Endoscopy Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park; Park Nicollet Specialty Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park

Critical care medicine

Dermatology

Emergency medicine

Endocrinology and metabolism

Family medicine

  • Meredith S. Bourne, MD** | Park Nicollet Clinic and Specialty Center, Saint Louis Park
  • Annie L. Ideker, MD* | HealthPartners Clinic, Arden Hills
  • Jennifer K. Ische, DO** | Lakeview Clinic, Waconia
  • Sally A. Kline, MD* | Park Nicollet Clinic, Eden Prairie
  • Amanda J. Meegan, DO** | Park Nicollet Specialty Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park
  • Jeremy S. Springer, MD*| Park Nicollet Clinic – Creekside, Saint Louis Park

Gastroenterology

  • Anupama U. Nookala, MD** | HealthPartners Specialty Center and Regions Hospital, Saint Paul
  • Sagar R. Shroff, MD** | Park Nicollet Clinic and Specialty Center, Burnsville; Park Nicollet Digestive and Endoscopy Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park
  • David R. Stolpman, MD* | Park Nicollet Clinic and Specialty Center, Burnsville; Park Nicollet Digestive and Endoscopy Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park
  • Samantha A. Stoven, MD** | Park Nicollet Clinic and Specialty Center, Burnsville and Maple Grove; Park Nicollet Digestive and Endoscopy Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park

General surgery

  • Kevin J. Bjork, MD* | HealthPartners Clinic, Stillwater; Lakeview Breast Health Center, Stillwater
  • David J. Dries, MD* | HealthPartners Regions Specialty Clinics, Saint Paul; HealthPartners Specialty Center, Saint Paul; Regions Hospital - The Burn Center, Saint Paul
  • Amy C. Fox, MD* | Regions Hospital – The Breast Health Center, Saint Paul; HealthPartners Specialty Center, Saint Paul; Lakeview Breast Health Center, Stillwater; HealthPartners Clinic, Stillwater
  • Brian C. Grubbs, MD* | Park Nicollet Specialty Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park; Park Nicollet Clinic and Specialty Center, Maple Grove; Park Nicollet Jane Brattain Breast Center, Saint Louis Park
  • Jennifer A. Haas, MD** | HealthPartners Specialty Center, Saint Paul
  • Keith M. Heaton, MD* | Park Nicollet Specialty Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park; Park Nicollet Jane Brattain Breast Center, Saint Louis Park
  • Thomas A. Jones, MD* | Park Nicollet Bariatric Surgery and Weight Loss Center, Saint Louis Park; Park Nicollet Specialty Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park
  • Brian S. Myer, MD** | HealthPartners Regions Specialty Clinics, Saint Paul
  • Kevin J. Ose, MD* | Park Nicollet Specialty Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park; Park Nicollet Jane Brattain Breast Center, Saint Louis Park
  • Kristin N. Ritter, MD** | HealthPartners Regions Specialty Clinics, Saint Paul; Park Nicollet Clinic and Specialty Center, Maple Grove; Park Nicollet Jane Brattain Breast Center, Saint Louis Park
  • James G. Schlaefer, MD* | HealthPartners Specialty Center, Saint Paul; Regions Hospital - The Breast Health Center, Saint Paul
  • Patrick J. Shabino, MD** | Park Nicollet Clinic and Specialty Center, Maple Grove; Park Nicollet Specialty Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park
  • Seth I. Wolpert, MD* | HealthPartners Specialty Center, Saint Paul

Geriatric medicine

Gynecologic oncology

Infectious disease

Internal medicine

Maternal and fetal medicine

  • Marijo N. Aguilera, MD* | HealthPartners Clinic – Wabasha, Saint Paul; HealthPartners Health Center for Women, Saint Paul; Park Nicollet Specialty Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park; Regions Hospital - The Birth Center, Saint Paul
  • Elizabeth Ann Baldwin, MD** | HealthPartners Clinic – Wabasha, Saint Paul; HealthPartners Health Center for Women, Saint Paul

Nephrology

  • William S. Stuart, Jr., MD* | Park Nicollet Specialty Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park
  • Mary E. Tahnk-Johnson, MD* | Park Nicollet Specialty Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park; Park Nicollet Clinic and Specialty Center, Maple Grove; Park Nicollet Clinic, Chanhassen

Neurology

  • Bret C. Haake, MD* | HealthPartners Neuroscience Center – Neurology, Saint Paul; HealthPartners Neuroscience Center - Medical Spine, Saint Paul; Regions Hospital - The Stroke Center, Saint Paul
  • Martha Nance, MD* | Park Nicollet Neurology/Neurosurgery, Saint Louis Park; Park Nicollet Struthers Parkinson's Center, Golden Valley
  • Drahomira Sencakova, MD* | Park Nicollet Neurology/Neurosurgery, Saint Louis Park
  • Jeffrey P. Willging, MD** | Park Nicollet Neurology/Neurosurgery, Saint Louis Park; Park Nicollet Clinic and Specialty Center, Burnsville

Obstetrics and gynecology

  • Laura Anne Dean, MD* | HealthPartners Clinic Stillwater Lakeview Campus, Stillwater; Lakeview Birth & Women's Center, Stillwater
  • Larry E. Goldenberg, MD**| HealthPartners Clinic – Wabasha, Saint Paul; Regions Hospital Family Birth Center, Saint Paul
  • Bridget Keller, MD* | Park Nicollet Women's Center, Saint Louis Park; Methodist Hospital Family Birth Center, Saint Louis Park
  • Jennifer M. Klos, DO** | Park Nicollet Women’s Center, Saint Louis Park
  • Maureen Ann McDonald, MD** | Park Nicollet Clinic, Plymouth
  • Andrea L. Messina, MD* | Park Nicollet Clinic – Carlson Parkway, Minnetonka; Methodist Hospital Family Birth Center, Saint Louis Park
  • Kellee B. Ott, MD* | Park Nicollet Clinic, Bloomington; Methodist Hospital Family Birth Center, Saint Louis Park
  • Janet Schaffer, MD* | Park Nicollet Women's Center, Saint Louis Park; Methodist Hospital Family Birth Center, Saint Louis Park; Park Nicollet Women's Health Clinic, Burnsville
  • Deborah A. Thorp, MD* | Park Nicollet Women's Center, Saint Louis Park; Park Nicollet Clinic, Minneapolis

Oncology and hematology

  • Daniel M. Anderson, MD* | HealthPartners Cancer Center at Regions Hospital, Saint Paul
  • Cathleen Chen, MD* | HealthPartners Frauenshuh Cancer Center, Saint Louis Park; Park Nicollet Specialty Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park
  • Candy A. Corey, MD* |Lakeview Hospital, Stillwater
  • Kurt C. Demel, MD* | HealthPartners Clinic, Hudson; HealthPartners Cancer Center at Regions Hospital, Saint Paul
  • Randy Hurley, MD* | HealthPartners Cancer Center at Regions Hospital, Saint Paul
  • Balkrishna N. Jahagirdar, MD* | HealthPartners Cancer Care at Lakeview Hospital, Stillwater; Lakeview Breast Health Center, Stillwater; HealthPartners Cancer Center at Regions Hospital, Saint Paul
  • Brenda R. Larson, MD* | HealthPartners Frauenshuh Cancer Center, Saint Louis Park; Park Nicollet Specialty Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park
  • Rachel E. Lerner, MD* | HealthPartners Frauenshuh Cancer Center, Saint Louis Park; Park Nicollet Specialty Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park
  • Steven E. McCormack, MD* | New Richmond Clinic, Westfields Hospital and Clinic, New Richmond; HealthPartners Cancer Center at Regions Hospital, Saint Paul
  • Mark R. Menge, MD* | HealthPartners Frauenshuh Cancer Center, Saint Louis Park; Park Nicollet Specialty Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park
  • Amy B. Spomer, MD* | Park Nicollet Clinic and Specialty Center, Maple Grove; HealthPartners Frauenshuh Cancer Center, Saint Louis Park
  • Mark A. Wilkowski, MD* | HealthPartners Frauenshuh Cancer Center, Saint Louis Park
  • Dylan M. Zylla, MD* | HealthPartners Frauenshuh Cancer Center, Saint Louis Park; Park Nicollet Specialty Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park

Ophthalmology

Orthopedic surgery

Otolaryngology

  • Harley Seth Dresner, MD* | HealthPartners Specialty Center – Otolaryngology/ENT, Saint Paul
  • David D. Hamlar, MD* | HealthPartners Specialty Center – Otolaryngology/ENT, Saint Paul
  • Christopher W. Hilton, MD* | HealthPartners Specialty Center – Otolaryngology/ENT, Saint Paul; HealthPartners Clinic – Como, Saint Paul
  • Seth C. Janus, MD* | HealthPartners Specialty Center – Otolaryngology/ENT, Saint Paul
  • James E. Kuderer, DO** | Park Nicollet Clinic and Specialty Center, Burnsville; Park Nicollet Specialty Center, Saint Louis Park
  • Grace L. Nimmons, MD* | Park Nicollet Specialty Center, Saint Louis Park; Park Nicollet Clinic and Specialty Center, Burnsville
  • Derek J. J. Schmidt, MD* | HealthPartners Specialty Center – Otolaryngology/ENT, Saint Paul; HealthPartners Clinic, Hudson

Pain management

Pathology

Pediatrics

  • James W. Clark, MD* | Park Nicollet Clinic, Eagan
  • Anne R. Edwards, MD* | Park Nicollet Clinic Brooklyn Center, Brookdale
  • Robert S. Karasov, MD* | Park Nicollet Clinic and Specialty Center, Saint Louis Park
  • Crystal J. Knutson, MD** | Park Nicollet Clinic and Specialty Center, Shakopee
  • Elsa Nisswandt Keeler, MD* | HealthPartners, White Bear Lake Clinic
  • Teresa F. Kovarik, MD* | HealthPartners – Como Clinic, Saint Paul
  • Andrew A. Rzepka, MD* | Park Nicollet Clinic – Brooklyn Center, Brookdale
  • Maureen Shyu, MD** | HealthPartners Clinic, Woodbury
  • Leonard W. Snellman, MD* | HealthPartners Clinic, White Bear Lake
  • Bridgette M. Suri, MD** | HealthPartners Clinic, Woodbury
  • David Lee Wineinger, MD*| HealthPartners Riverway Clinic, Anoka
  • Justin Y. Yee, MD** | Park Nicollet Clinic and Specialty Center, Saint Louis Park

Physical med/rehabilitation (physiatry)

  • Christina M. Gonzaga, DO** | Park Nicollet Clinic and Specialty Center, Maple Grove; Park Nicollet Specialty Center, Saint Louis Park

Plastic and reconstructive surgery

  • Ruth J. Barta, MD** | HealthPartners Plastic Surgery, Woodbury; HealthPartners Specialty Center, Saint Paul
  • Christopher J. Hillard, MD** | HealthPartners Clinic, Stillwater; HealthPartners Specialty Center, Saint Paul; TRIA Orthopedic Center, Woodbury
  • James H. Kong, MD** | Park Nicollet Plastic Surgery, Maple Grove and Saint Louis Park
  • Jonathan D. Witzke, MD* | HealthPartners Specialty Center – Plastic and Hand Surgery, Saint

Psychiatry

  • Elizabeth A. Reeve, MD* | HealthPartners Clinic – West End, Saint Louis Park
  • Rebecca Rossom, MD* | HealthPartners Clinic, Minneapolis
  • Kristen Sutley, MD** | Regions Hospital, Saint Paul
  • Michael A. Trangle, MD* | HealthPartners Clinic – West End, Saint Louis Park
  • In-Lin Tuan, MD* | HealthPartners Clinic – West End, Saint Louis Park

Respiratory and pulmonary care

  • Keith R. Harmon, MD* | Park Nicollet Sleep Disorder Center, Saint Louis Park; Park Nicollet Specialty Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park; Park Nicollet Specialty Center, Shakopee
  • Melissa King Biggs, MD* | HealthPartners Specialty Center - Lung & Sleep Health, Saint Paul; HealthPartners Clinic, Stillwater
  • Charlene E. McEvoy, MD* | HealthPartners Specialty Center - Lung & Sleep Health, Saint Paul; HealthPartners Neuroscience Center – Neurology, Saint Paul
  • Elizabeth Anne Miller, MD* | Park Nicollet Specialty Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park; Park Nicollet Clinic and Specialty Center, Burnsville
  • Sue A. Ravenscraft, MD* | Park Nicollet Sleep Disorder Center, Saint Louis Park; Park Nicollet Specialty Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park
  • Jonathan D. Shelver, MD** | HealthPartners Regions Specialty Clinics, Saint Paul; Park Nicollet Specialty Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park

Radiology

  • John M Billings, MD** | Park Nicollet Clinic, Prior Lake; Park Nicollet Clinic and Specialty Center, Burnsville and Maple Grove
  • Kevin H. Boegel, MD** | Park Nicollet Clinic, Prior Lake; Park Nicollet Clinic and Specialty Center, Burnsville and Maple Grove
  • Michael J. Cutalo, MD** | Park Nicollet Clinic, Prior Lake; Park Nicollet Clinic and Specialty Center, Burnsville and Maple Grove

Rheumatology

  • Joseph S. Bert, MD** | HealthPartners Regions Specialty Clinics and HealthPartners Specialty Center, Saint Paul
  • Elie Gertner, MD* | HealthPartners Specialty Center – Rheumatology, Saint Paul
  • Tawatchai Paisansinsup, MD* | Park Nicollet Specialty Center, Saint Louis Park; Park Nicollet Clinic and Specialty Center, Burnsville
  • Kimberly A. Rehberg, MD** | Park Nicollet Clinic and Specialty Center, Maple Grove; Park Nicollet Specialty Center, Saint Louis Park
  • Erin M. Scanlon, MD** | Park Nicollet Clinic and Specialty Center, Maple Grove; Park Nicollet Specialty Center, Saint Louis Park

Sleep disorders

  • Marcel Hungs, MD* | HealthPartners Neuroscience Center – Neurology, Saint Paul; HealthPartners Specialty Center – Lung & Sleep Health, Saint Paul
  • Salim A. Kathawalla, MBBS* | Park Nicollet Sleep Disorder Center, Saint Louis Park; Hutchinson Health Clinic, Hutchinson; Park Nicollet Specialty Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park; Park Nicollet Specialty Center, Shakopee

Sports medicine

Thoracic surgery

  • Ted H. Spooner, MD* | Park Nicollet Heart and Vascular Center at Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park

Urogynecology

Urology

  • Colby A. Dixon, MD** | HealthPartners Clinic, Woodbury; HealthPartners Specialty Center, Saint Paul
  • Garjae D. Lavien, MD** | HealthPartners Clinic, Woodbury; HealthPartners Specialty Center, Saint Paul
  • Nathan B. Hoffman, MD* | Park Nicollet Urology, Saint Louis Park; Hutchinson Health Clinic, Hutchinson; Park Nicollet Clinic and Specialty Center, Burnsville

Vascular surgery

Top primary and specialty care for all your needs

These Top Doctors and Rising Stars are just some of our amazing primary care doctors and specialists across the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin. In fact, over 150 of our physicians were also named to the 2021 Top Doctors list from Minnesota Monthly Magazine.