Specialty Mentors

Family medicine clinical mentors give medical students specialty-specific support and advocacy as it relates to networking, career, and residency program selection.

Duluth campus

Ruth Westra, DO, MPH

Administration, Duluth Campus Chair
Medical Student Education - Duluth, Faculty
rwestra@d.umn.edu

Expertise: Academic medicine, preventive health, health promotion and education, women’s health, rural medicine

Twin Cities campus

Nicole Chaisson, MD, MPH

Nicole Chaisson, MD, MPH

University of Minnesota Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Associate Director
nchaisson@umphysicians.umn.edu

Expertise: Family planning and prenatal care, women’s health, adolescent health and wellness, cross-cultural health care, community-oriented care

Michael Dukinfield, MD

Michael Dukinfield, MD

University of Minnesota Methodist Hospital Family Medicine Residency faculty
dukinm@parknicollet.com

Expertise: Geriatrics

Casey Martin, MD

Casey Martin, MD

University of Minnesota St. Joseph's Hospital Family Medicine Residency Director
marti176@umn.edu

Expertise: Cross-cultural health care, graduate medical education, sports medicine, health care for the underserved

Shannon Neale, MD

Shannon Neale, MD

University of Minnesota Methodist Hospital Family Medicine Residency faculty
residency@parknicollet.com

Expertise: OB, maternal and child health, practice management

Jim Pacala, MD, MS

Jim Pacala, MD, MS

Administration, Associate Department Head
pacal001@umn.edu

Expertise: Geriatrics, medical student education, health services research

David Power, MD, MPH

David Power, MD, MPH

Medical Student Education Director
power007@umn.edu

Expertise: Medical student education, international health

Shailey Prasad, MD, MPH

Shailey Prasad, MD, MPH

University of Minnesota North Memorial Family Medicine Residency Associate Director
Global Family Medicine Pathway, Director
pras0054@umn.edu

Expertise: Medical education, health care systems, public health and health policy

Bill Roberts, MD, MS

Bill Roberts, MD, MS

University of Minnesota St. John’s Hospital Family Medicine Residency faculty
rober037@umn.edu

Expertise: Ice hockey, marathon injury, heat stroke, youth sports participation