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Mpls.St.Paul Magazine names 58 physicians to inaugural
‘Top Doctors Rising Stars’ list

October 6, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Minn.Mpls.St.Paul Magazine has released its first-ever ‘Top Doctors Rising Stars’ list, and 58 physicians spanning 26 specialties across HealthPartners, Park Nicollet, Stillwater Medical Group and TRIA Orthopaedic Center have been included in this annual recognition program. The complete list of ‘Best Doctors’ can be seen in the October issue of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.

This list recognizes physicians who have been fully licensed to practice for approximately 10 years or less. It’s an honor for some of our many great physicians to receive this recognition, and it reflects the tremendous work happening across the organization to improve health and well-being in partnership with our members, patients and community.

Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees from our organization:

Acute Injury

  • Heather D. Thoerner, TRIA Orthopaedic Center


  • Cynthia Kaye Brenden, HealthPartners Medical Group
  • Joseph A. Browning, HealthPartners Medical Group
  • Kristopher D. Krueger, Park Nicollet
  • Marit Thorsgard, HealthPartners Medical Group

Colon & Rectal Surgery

  • Ryan M. Carlson, HealthPartners Medical Group
  • David J. Willis, Park Nicollet


  • Alison K. Adams, Park Nicollet
  • Erica W. Grinager, Park Nicollet
  • Phoebe E. Koch, Park Nicollet
  • Matthew W. Tsang, Park Nicollet

Emergency Medicine

  • Keith D. Henry, HealthPartners Medical Group
  • Samuel J. Stellpflug, HealthPartners Medical Group


  • Anders L. Carlson, HealthPartners Medical Group
  • Nicole S. Nader, Park Nicollet

Family Medicine

  • Gregory M. Dukinfield, Park Nicollet
  • Jacob P. Hayman, Park Nicollet
  • Rolf J. Simonson, Park Nicollet


  • Paul R. Dambowy, HealthPartners Medical Group


  • Brenda R. Larson, Park Nicollet

Hospital Medicine

  • Brett R. Hendel-Paterson, HealthPartners Medical Group

Infectious Disease

  • Cristina A. Baker, Park Nicollet

Internal Medicine

  • Genia K. Dahl, Park Nicollet
  • Holly B. Gustafson, Park Nicollet
  • Andrew A. Hamp, Park Nicollet


  • Christine L. Johns, HealthPartners Medical Group
  • Abel E. Tello, Park Nicollet

Neurological Surgery

  • Matthew MinWu Kang, HealthPartners Medical Group


  • Theresa Covert, Park Nicollet
  • Christine Goudge, Park Nicollet


  • Mark R. Gavin, Park Nicollet
  • Steven E. McCormack, HealthPartners Medical Group
  • Dylan M. Zylla, Park Nicollet


  • Gene W. Chen, HealthPartners Medical Group
  • Marni G. Feldmann, Park Nicollet
  • Michael S. Floyd, HealthPartners Medical Group

Orthopedic Surgery

  • Sarah A. Anderson, HealthPartners Medical Group
  • Jonathan M. Cooper, HealthPartners Medical Group
  • Abigail R. Hamilton, Park Nicollet
  • Mark C. Wilczynski, TRIA Orthopaedic Center


  • Todd A. Anderson, Park Nicollet
  • Christopher W. Hilton, HealthPartners Medical Group
  • Richard D. Wemer, Park Nicollet


  • Chinwe O. Efuribe, HealthPartners Medical Group
  • Jennifer M.H. McCormack, HealthPartners Medical Group

Plastic & Hand Surgery

  • Katharine S. Pico, HealthPartners Medical Group
  • Christina M. Ward, HealthPartners Medical Group

Physical Med/Rehabilitation (Physiatry)

  • David J. Nutz, Park Nicollet


  • Marcus A. Westerman, Park Nicollet
  • Joshua O. Zimmerman, Park Nicollet

Pulmonary Medicine

  • Elizabeth A. Miller, Park Nicollet


  • Bret D. Yonke, TRIA Orthopaedic Center

Sports Medicine

  • Samuel Bugbee, TRIA Orthopaedic Center
  • Marc Tompkins, TRIA Orthopaedic Center

Surgery, General

  • Amy Fox, Stillwater Medical Group
  • Mark George, Stillwater Medical Group


  • Stephen Lukasewycz, HealthPartners Medical Group

Vascular Surgery

  • Joel E. Barbato, HealthPartners Medical Group

About HealthPartners

Founded in 1957, the HealthPartners family of health care companies serves more than one million medical and dental health plan members nationwide. It is the largest consumer-governed, nonprofit health care organization in the nation, providing care, coverage, research and education to improve the health of members, patients and the community.

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