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First Year

Christopher Childs, MD, MPHChristopher Childs, MD, MPH

Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Undergrad: University of Florida
Medical school: University of South Florida
Medical interests: Working with underserved and vulnerable populations in particular individuals experiencing homelessness; obstetrics and inpatient medicine; procedural and critical care; complex medicine and care coordination; using technology to provide continuous, comprehensive personal medical care; home visits
Personal interests: Team sports, running, biking and weight lifting; home and automotive repair; spending time with my wife and dogs; exploring restaurants, breweries, and art in the Twin Cities
Why North Memorial? North Memorial provides an amazing opportunity to collaborate with and care for a diverse community while receiving top tier, broad spectrum training and having access to the academic resources of a major university.

Nathaniel Fondell, MDNathaniel Fondell, MD

Hometown: Nome, Alaska
Undergrad: North Park University
Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Palliative medicine, transgender health, sexual health, underserved medicine, addiction medicine, health policy/advocacy
Personal interests: Camping and other adventures with my wife and kids, home improvement/repair (generally, the repair is required after I try to do the improvement), travel, podcasts, reading (out loud and silently), traditional Scandinavian wooden spoon carving and bowl carving
Why North Memorial? After seeing many family medicine programs, it was clear that North Memorial had the sense of resident and faculty community that I was looking for, which they have created by bringing together staff, residents, and faculty that all share a need to be working with the underserved in order to feel fulfilled. From the clinic to hospital rounds, it is so clear that the expectation is to wade into the tough situations and do what is right for the patient without hiding behind cynicism.

Alexandra GitsAlexandra Gits, MD

Hometown: Edina, Minnesota
Undergrad: Stanford University
Medical school: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Medical interests: Health policy, preventative medicine, geriatrics/palliative care, medical education, community-responsive family medicine
Personal interests: Running the lakes and trying to beat the person next to me on the treadmill, exploring craft breweries, 90s throw-back hip-hop and old-school country, conversations with strangers in coffee shops
Why North Memorial? Ample elective time for individualized professional development (28 weeks!). Incredible faculty that are approachable, love to teach, and are true leaders and experts in their fields. Regular and well-founded participation by faculty and residents in local and national advocacy and medical education initiatives. Authentic dedication by all staff to the surrounding community.

Kari Halvorson, MDKari Halvorson, MD

Hometown: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Undergrad: Luther College
Medical school: University of South Dakota
Medical interests: Underserved medicine, community health, women's health, adolescent medicine, refugee and immigrant health
Personal interests: Spending time with my husband and our pup, Lula; cooking and eating tasty food that other people cook; singing and playing music; scheming about remodeling our new house; exploring northeast Minneapolis; getting out of town to hike and camp
Why North Memorial? I was impressed by the quality of the faculty and residents and their engagement with one another, with their patients, and with the North Minneapolis community. I was drawn to the program for the opportunity to couple strong clinical training with a strong experience in community and public health.

Theang Ho, MD, MSTheang Ho, MD, MS

Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
Undergrad: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Graduate school: Kansas State University
Medical school: University of Iowa
Medical interests: Underserved populations including LGBTQ and immigrant health, studying health and education disparities in different populations
Personal interests: Traveling, eating, 90s music, guitar and ukulele, watching documentaries and terrible TV shows
Why North Memorial? The faculty, staff, and administration are all truly committed to serving their community, practicing full spectrum family medicine. The program is well-rounded in both research and clinical experience, and the faculty has a diverse array of interests/expertise. The dynamics and personality of the residents and faculty drew me in, and the community convinced me that this was the right place for me to stay.

Pryia Nagarajan, DOPriya Nagarajan, DO

Hometown: Plymouth, Minnesota
Undergrad: Washington University in St. Louis
Medical school: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical interests: Preventive health and wellness promotion, sports medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine, integrative medicine, broad spectrum family medicine, underserved medicine, women's health, mental health, procedures, dermatology
Personal interests: Dancing, high intensity interval training, yoga, meditation, reading, biking, traveling, eating, spending time with family and friends, Netflix and Hulu, professional shower singer, amateur moonwalker, dedicated Bitmoji-er, being super silly in a general sorta way
Why North Memorial? Extremely diverse and dedicated faculty and residents that foster a supportive and collegial environment, emphasis on broad spectrum family medicine, sincere investment in underserved medicine and the North Minneapolis community, strong and well-rounded curriculum, opportunities to train in and practice OMT

Mark Nelson, MDMark Nelson, MD

Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Undergrad: The Juilliard School
Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Health equity and underserved medicine, chronic disease management, preventive medicine, Dr. Who
Personal interests: Theater, raising my daughters, playing with my wife and my dog, eating ice cream
Why North Memorial? Faculty and support staff always patient and willing to take time to teach, and a patient population that can be challenging, but is also tremendously rewarding.

Samanth Ngraw, MDSamantha Ngaw, MD

Hometown: Arcadia, California
Undergrad: University of California, Berkeley
Medical school: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Medical interests: Public health, Myanmar health systems, women's health and family planning, food systems and nutrition, motivational interviewing, underserved medicine
Personal interests: Myanmar issues, trying out new restaurants, cooking healthy food, walking and biking around the beautiful lakes and parks
Why North Memorial? Faculty here is very deliberate about helping us mature as physicians formally through the curriculum and informally through mentorship and friendship. The curriculum is very flexible with lots of elective time, so that we can tailor our education to our career goals. One of the most striking things about this program was that the staff, residents, and faculty are all so knowledgeable of the community they are serving and are very dedicated to working together with this community to improve health outcomes.

Lonzale Ramsey, Jr., MDLonzale Ramsey, Jr., MD

Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska
Undergrad: Creighton University
Medical school: Howard University
Medical interests: Underserved medicine, preventative medicine, sports medicine
Personal interests: Video games, comic books (and movies), watching football, casual bike riding, bright dress shirts
Why North Memorial? Warm, welcoming faculty and staff; clinic with patient-focused care in the heart of an underserved population that is deeply involved in the community it serves (and encourages involvement).

Jessica Wilson, MDJessica Wilson, MD

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Undergrad: Denison University
Medical school: SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Medical interests: Community medicine, sexual health, addiction medicine, underserved care, team-based care
Personal interests: Cooking, eating all the (good) food, reading, biking, discovering cool things while wandering aimlessly around Minneapolis and beyond
Why North Memorial? I love the focus on broad spectrum care while still allowing for extra training in areas of interest. Also, the people at the clinic truly care for the patients, community, and each other. I am happy to be a part of such a supportive environment. Plus, Minneapolis is an awesome city to be in!

Second Year

Jodi Blustin, MDJodi Blustin, MD

Hometown: Duluth, Minnesota
Undergrad: Brown University
Medical school: Mayo Medical School
Medical interests: Smoking cessation, obstetrics, sports medicine, procedures, underserved medicine, preventative health
Personal interests: Ice hockey, snowboarding, softball, spending time with family and friends, playing with my Beagle puppy named Easton; boating on the beautiful lakes in Minnesota; watching my nephews play basketball (although they should have played hockey instead)
Why North Memorial? Committed, supportive, and down-to-earth residents, faculty, and staff; residents and staff exemplify humility; non-hierarchical atmosphere; extremely committed to caring for the underserved and being a part of the community in which it resides

Huiying Guo, MDHuiying Guo, MD

Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska
Undergrad: Johns Hopkins University
Medical school: University of Nebraska
Medical interests: Underserved medicine, refugee health, community health and advocacy, OB and prenatal care, women's health, addiction treatment
Personal interests: Biking, épée fencing, live music, contemplative prayer/meditation, spending time with friends and family
Why North Memorial? Broad spectrum family medicine, academic research, community care, underserved medicine, innovation in primary care. Most importantly, the great faculty and genuine residents inspired me and drew me to the program.

Catherine Hansen, MDCatherine Hansen, MD

Hometown: Marshall, Minnesota
Undergrad: College of Saint Benedict
Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Broad spectrum, underserved medicine; global health; maternal and child medicine
Personal interests: Traveling, learning languages (Japanese and Spanish), hiking, biking, camping, running, cooking, oil painting, Japanese calligraphy
Why North Memorial? Faculty, staff, and residents are whole-heartedly committed to the well-being of the entire community; the teaching and support to help nourish my many interests

Megan Keuler, MD, MPHMegan Keuler, MD, MPH

Hometown: Green Bay, Wisconsin
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Medical school: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Medical interests: Underserved medicine, community-responsive primary care, chronic disease prevention and management, public health, health policy, quality improvement, integrative medicine
Personal interests: Spending time with friends and family, being at the lake, exploring Minneapolis parks, hugging my dog, hiking, running, yoga, cooking, cheering on the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers
Why North Memorial? Passionate and caring faculty, staff, and residents; strong emphasis on community medicine; supportive learning environment; diverse patient population; research opportunities

Minelva Nanton, MD, PhDMinelva Nanton, MD, PhD

Hometown: Bronx, New York
Undergrad: Binghamton University, State University of New York
Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Preventive medicine and wellness promotion, underserved community health, women's health, OB and prenatal care, mental health, complex chronic disease management, integrative medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, social determinants of health, infectious diseases, psychoneuroimmunology research
Personal interests: Nature, hiking, camping, fishing, dancing, singing, meditating, yoga, movies, musical theater, analyzing others' personality tests, generally being outlandish, imagining new possibilities
Why North Memorial? The care, service, and delivery of exceptional full-spectrum, interdisciplinary care to a strong, vibrant, underserved community; awesome patient population. The faculty, residents, and staff seem like a true family with a common mission that constantly strives to improve. It feels like home.

Eneniziaogochukwu Okocha, MDEneniziaogochukwu Okocha, MD

Hometown: Whitewater, Wisconsin
Undergrad: Harvard University
Medical school: University of Pennsylvania
Medical interests: Women's health; immigrant and refugee health; primary care psychiatry; relationships and sexuality; integrative medicine; LGBT care; dermatology; procedures; underserved care, policy, and advocacy
Personal interests: Reading, writing, watching Netflix, singing/listening to live jazz, daydreaming, theater, film, football, soccer, tennis, volleyball, running, cycling, hiking, pop culture
Why North Memorial? Supportive, intelligent, passionate attendings and residents; top tier hospital; underserved and complex clinic patients; incredibly diverse city with lots of bike lanes; involvement with local community; a resilient, eclectic North Minneapolis

Portrait of Melissa Pavek, MDMelissa Pavek, MD

Hometown: Maple Grove, Minnesota
Undergrad: University of Minnesota
Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Women's and children's health, reproductive rights, preventative medicine, community health, behavioral health
Personal interests: Travel, yoga, hiking, gardening, cooking, reading, art, spending time with friends and family
Why North Memorial? Residents and faculty dedicated to teaching and serving the North Minneapolis community; interdisciplinary, patient-centered clinic environment; numerous opportunities in education, research, and leadership for a broad range of interests

Portrait of Emily SmithEmily Smith, MD

Hometown: Davey, Nebraska
Undergrad: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Behavioral health, maternal and child health, sports medicine, procedures, education, public health
Personal interests: Woodworking, pottery, sewing, hiking, camping, playing with dogs, traveling, eating
Why North Memorial? Amazing people who are passionate about what they do and work hard to make people's lives better. Great place to learn medicine; real dedication to to the best for patients and the community; located in a great city to live and play in.

Portrait of Nouchee VangNouchee Vang, MD

Hometown: Fresno, California
Undergrad: University of California, Los Angeles
Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Underserved medicine, community medicine, women's health, reproductive health, primary care psychiatry, chronic diseases
Personal interests: Fishing, crochet and knitting, baking, spending time with friends and family, scary movies
Why North Memorial? Commitment to underserved medicine, broad spectrum family medicine training with an interdisciplinary team approach, supportive faculty and staff, diverse patient population

Portrait of Lauren WilliamsLauren Williams, MD

Hometown: Northville, Michigan
Undergrad: Hope College
Medical school: University of Michigan
Medical interests: Behavioral health, preventive care and health promotion, integrative medicine, chronic disease management
Personal interests: Yoga, rock climbing, any activity on a lake, long walks/hiking, cooking without recipes to see what I come up with, ice cream
Why North Memorial? Genuine faculty with diverse interests and experience; urban clinic with a humble approach to engaging the patient population and learning from the surrounding community; strong, well-rounded inpatient experience

Third Year

Portrait of Meredith BourneMeredith Bourne, MD

Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Medical school: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Medical interests: Chemical dependency, primary care psychiatry, reproductive health, integrative medicine, care for LGBT patients, adolescent medicine, social determinants of health, community medicine and advocacy
Personal interests: Cooking and eating delicious vegan food, long walks outside, meditation and mindfulness, road trips to beautiful places, being a honey badger in gopher land
Why North Memorial? Incredible faculty with diverse interests and experience, culture of collaborative teaching and learning, funny and compassionate co-residents, great program and hospital reputation, regional trauma center training including NICU, working with diverse and resilient patients

Portrait of Camille DeLisiCamille DeLisi, DO

Hometown: Crystal, Minnesota
Undergrad: Illinois Wesleyan University
Medical school: Des Moines University
Medical interests: Underserved medicine, OB and prenatal care, addiction treatment, global medicine, OMT
Personal interests: Spending time with family and friends, enjoying the outdoors, nordic skiing, traveling
Why North Memorial? Wonderful faculty and support staff, DO specific training and opportunities, vibrant North Minneapolis community, commitment to underserved, weekly protected didactic time

Portrait of Erica GathjeErica Gathje, MD

Hometown: St Charles, Minnesota
Undergrad: University of St. Thomas
Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: OB, underserved communities, public health, public policy
Personal interests: Running, baking, tennis, movies, puzzles
Why North Memorial? Great faculty and residents that make me feel at home, good broad spectrum care, lots of OB, emphasis on the underserved community they serve and getting involved in that community to improve their health

Portrait of Laura GieglerLaura Giegler, MD, MPH

Hometown: River Forest, Illinois
Undergrad: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Medical school: University of Illinois
Medical interests: Underserved care, global health, public health, chronic disease management
Personal interests: Travel, mountain climbing, canoeing, kayaking, sports
Why North Memorial? Underserved and diverse patient population, supportive learning environment, interdisciplinary approach to healthcare at continuity clinic

Portrait of Claudia PatiñoClaudia Patiño, MD, MSc

Hometown: Bogota, Colombia
Graduate school: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Medical school: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Medical interests: Chronic diseases, adolescent and women's health, preventive care and health promotion, integrative medicine
Personal interests: Reading, hiking, meditating, spending time with my partner and family
Why North Memorial? Compassionate, patient-centered care; underserved population; highly supportive faculty; strong curriculum and clinical opportunities; only residents at hospital

Portrait of William PaulsonWilliam Paulson, MD

Hometown: Ham Lake, Minnesota
Undergrad: University of La Verne
Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Sports medicine, global health
Personal interests: Sports, affordably priced professional attire
Why North Memorial? Outstanding faculty who is second-to-none; great connections and opportunities in sports medicine and global health; modern hospital facility that is efficient with supportive staff

Portrait of Eva PeschEva Pesch, MD

Hometown: St. Cloud, Minnesota
Undergrad: St. Olaf College
Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Underserved medicine, maternal and child health, addiction medicine
Personal interests: Running, camping, hiking, cooking, yoga, reading, gardening, cross country skiing, karaoke, dance parties
Why North Memorial? Emphasis on underserved medicine, broad spectrum, good combination of autonomy and support, diversity in residents' backgrounds

Portrait of Charles SalmenCharles Salmen, MD, MPhil

Hometown: Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Undergrad: Duke University
Graduate school: Oxford University
Medical school: University of California, San Francisco
Medical interests: Rural medicine, human ecology, community resilience, agriculture and health, infectious disease, and HIV/AIDS epidemiology
Personal interests: Carpentry, wilderness, homebrew, bees, trout
Why North Memorial? The team spirit that energizes the culture here, the inspired faculty who serve within this community of diverse needs, and the chance to build a broad practical skill set for clinical practice in the rural Midwest and western Kenya.

Portrait of Helen ThomasHelen Thomas, MD

Hometown: Coon Rapids, Iowa
Undergrad: Macalester College
Medical school: Michigan State University
Medical interests: Women's health, rural medicine, underserved medicine, public health, geriatrics
Personal interests: Biking, gardening, cooking, singing, brewing beer
Why North Memorial? The residents and faculty are hard-working, down to earth people who really walk the talk when it comes to underserved medicine. They are also a fun-loving bunch with diverse interests.

Portrait of Aaron UllandAaron Ulland, MD, MPH

Hometown: Stillwater, Minnesota
Undergrad: St. John's University
Graduate school: George Washington University
Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Pediatric and adolescent health, preventive health, smoking cessation
Personal interests: Hiking, biking, skiing, reading, traveling, music, reciting "Flight of the Conchords" quotes
Why North Memorial? The people! The faculty and other residents are amazing people, and the patients are great to work with. I also love the program's strong emphasis on community and public health.