Maria Camila Arciniegas Calle, MD
Family Medicine PGY3, Hennepin Healthcare

maria-(1).jpg Maria Arciniegas Calle is currently a third year Family Medicine resident at Hennepin Healthcare. She is also the delegate for the Resident and Fellow section governing board for the MMA.  Dr. Arciniegas Calle is originally from Bogota, Colombia where she did her medical school training.  Dr. Arciniegas Calle has a big interest in preventative medicine and public health and obtained a Minor in Public Health as part of her studies at Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia. There, she was part of the initiative “Healthy Doctors, Healthy Patients” and contributed in establishing a workshop for medical students and practicing physicians on exercise prescription in Latin America.  Dr. Arciniegas Calle also obtained a research fellowship in preventive cardiology at Mayo Clinic where they published research regarding secondary prevention of heart failure in breast cancer survivors. She is currently part of the steering committee at Hennepin Healthcare FM residency to find ways to incorporate racial disparities as part of medical education.


Joseph Bianco, MD, FAAFP
Ambulatory Quality Leader, Essentia Health


Dr. Joseph Bianco is a board-certified family practice physician with Essentia Health, an integrated health system that serves northern Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Western North Dakota. Dr. Bianco established the Family Medicine Essentia Medical Group which he lead for 12 years.  Dr. Bianco also serves as the Ambulatory Quality Leader for Essentia Health working to improve the quality of care delivered as well as addressing health disparities. He has a strong interest in the management of pain. He is the Chairman of the Essentia Opioid steering committee which is accountable for establishing opioid prescribing guidelines.  He also helped to author the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) guidelines for pain management published last year. He serves on the ICSI Opioid Oversight committee as well as the Addiction committee. Additionally, he has a long-standing interest in the education of medical students and the role of the primary care physician as mentor to future family physicians and to the Duluth Family Practice Residency Program.


Uché Blackstock, MD
Founder and CEO, Advancing Health Equity

blackstock-(1).jpg Dr. Uché Blackstock is a thought leader and sought-after speaker on health inequities and racism in health care. She is the Founder and CEO of Advancing Health Equity, which partners with healthcare and related organizations to address the critical factors contributing to health inequity and racial health disparities, through talks, workshops and consulting services. In 2019, Dr. Blackstock was recognized by Forbes magazine as of one of 10 Diversity and Inclusion Trailblazers You Need to Get Familiar With. 

Dr. Blackstock is a former Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and the former Faculty Director for Recruitment, Retention and Inclusion in the Office of Diversity Affairs at NYU School of Medicine. She left NYU School of Medicine in December 2019 after almost 10 years on faculty to focus on Advancing Health Equity.


Esther Choo, MD, MPH

Professor Emergency Medicine OHSU, Co-Founder Equity Quotient

choo-(2).jpg Dr. Choo is co-founder of Equity Quotient. She is Professor in the Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, a practicing physician, NIH-funded researcher, and a founding member of TIME'SUP Healthcare, which advocates for safety and equity in the healthcare workforce. Her published work on gender inequity and sexual harassment in healthcare includes pieces in the New England Journal of Medicine, The British Medical Journal, and Harvard Business Review, and she writes a regular column for The Lancet focused on inequities in healthcare and the healthcare workforce.



Jon Cole, MD

Hennepin Healthcare

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Edward P. Ehlinger, MD, MSPH
Public Health Metaphysician


Dr. Edward Ehlinger is a public health metaphysician who has spent his professional career working in various settings to advance health equity and optimal health for all.  He has Integrated the values, practices, and approaches of medical care, public health, community building, and social justice in his work as a Senior Assistant Surgeon with the National Health Service Corps, Director of Maternal and Child Health at the Minneapolis Health Department, Director and Chief Health Officer at Boynton Health Service at the University of Minnesota, and Commissioner of Health at the Minnesota Department of Health.  He currently chairs the federal HHS Secretary's Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality, serves on several boards, provides coaching for the National Leadership Academy for Public Health, and consults and speaks on public health and community-building issues locally and nationally.  


Kate Hanson 

MD/JD Candidate, University of Minnesota 

Hanson.png Kate Hanson is in her final year of the MD/JD Joint Degree in Law, Science, and Technology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Prior to medical school, she obtained her B.S. in Neuroscience and B.A. in Spanish Linguistics at the University of St. Thomas. She served on the Minnesota Medical Association’s Ethics and Medical Legal Affairs Committee for two years and is now Co-Chair of the Student Section. During law school, she worked as a research assistant in the Consortium on Law and Values and completed an internship in the legal department at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. She hopes to integrate health policy research and advocacy into her medical career.   



Scott R. Ketover, MD, AGAF, FASGE

President & CEO, MNGI

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Derrick B. Lewis
Medical Student (MS2), Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine

lewis-(1).jpg Derrick is a second-year medical student at the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. As a military brat, Derrick has lived in several countries, but split most of his childhood between Italy and Germany. Before coming to MN, he spent nearly a decade in Boston, where he obtained his B.A. in physics and M.S. in the medical sciences. His journey towards medicine started when he joined the ranks of paramedics serving the greater Boston area; he served in this role for almost 5 years. Though Derrick had an early interest in emergency medicine, since coming to medical school his specialty interests have varied widely and unpredictably. This week neurosurgery ranks high, but he has yet to rule out family medicine, OB-GYN, ENT, or a dozen other fields. 

Jan Malcolm
Commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Health

Commissioner Malcolm was appointed in January 2018 as commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Health, the state's lead public health agency, responsible for protecting, maintaining and improving the health of all Minnesotans.  Prior to being appointed commissioner, Commissioner Malcolm was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and served as CEO of the Courage Center and as President of the Courage Kenny Foundation following the merger of Courage Center and the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. She has also worked as Vice President of Public Affairs and Philanthropy at Allina Health. From 1999 to 2003, Ms. Malcolm served as Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health.  



Eduardo Medina, MD

Park Nicollet

Medina.jpg Dr. Eduardo Medina is a board-certified family physician at the Park Nicollet Clinic Minneapolis and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Published in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Dr. Medina has worked throughout his career and education to advance health equity and high-quality healthcare for all communities. Dr. Medina’s previous work includes engaging with under-resourced communities to improve access to pain, palliative and hospice care in New York City. He has also examined obesogenic environments associated with food deserts and socioeconomic inequity. Dr. Medina completed his MPH at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and his MD and Family Medicine Residency at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Medina earned an undergraduate degree in Latin American Studies with a concentration in sociology from Wesleyan University. He is a proud Alumnus of Prep for Prep 9.


Ruth Martinez, MA
Executive Director, Minnesota Board of Medical Practice

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Gretchen Musicant
Commissioner, Minneapolis Health Department

Musicant.jpg Gretchen Musicant is the Minneapolis Health Commissioner where she oversees the Minneapolis Health Department whose mission is “improve the quality of life for all people in the city by protecting the environment, preventing disease and injury, promoting healthy behaviors, and creating a city that is a healthy place to live, work and play”.  Prior to working for the City, Musicant was Vice President of Community Health for the Minnesota Hospital Association and a Government Affairs Specialist for the Minnesota Nurses Association.  She has both a BS in Nursing and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Minnesota. Under her leadership, Minneapolis was recognized in 2012 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of 6 communities that are making great strides in their journey toward better health.  


Kari Oldfield

Director, Local Public Health Assocation of Minnesota (LPHA)

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Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH
Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP)



Dr. Osterholm is Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, a professor in the Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering, and an adjunct professor in the Medical School, all at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Osterholm is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and the Council of Foreign Relations. He has been an international leader on the critical concern regarding our preparedness for an influenza pandemic. His invited papers in the journals Foreign Affairs, the New England Journal of Medicine, and Nature detail the threat of an influenza pandemic before the recent pandemic and the steps we must take to better prepare for such events.


Darcy Reed, MD, MPH

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine

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Stacey Rizza, MD, FIDSA

Executive Medical Director for International Academic Affairs at Mayo Clinic


Dr. Stacey Rizza is the Executive Medical Director for International Academic Affairs at Mayo Clinic. She is an Infectious Disease physician at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Dr. Rizza has been involved in laboratory-based research, clinical research, educational initiatives, and has maintained a busy clinical practice. She is a Professor of Medicine and previous Chair of the Mayo HIV Clinic. She currently serves as the Associate Dean of the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, the Associate Director for Diversity and Inclusion, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, as well as President of the Mayo Clinic Staff.

Dr. Rizza has held NIH grants and received a patent for her work on HIV and HCV mediated apoptosis. She is the Chair of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) / African Collaboration for the HIV and Cancer Treatment Guidelines Committee, a member of workgroups within The International Network for Strategic Initiatives in Global HIV Trials (INSIGHT), and has served on committees and held roles within the Infectious Disease Society of America, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Mark Rosenberg, MD
Vice Dean for Education and Academic Affairs at the University of Minnesota Medical School

rosenberg-(1).jpg Mark Rosenberg is a nephrologist, Professor of Medicine, and Vice Dean for Education and Academic Affairs at the University of Minnesota Medical School. In this role he oversees the continuum of medical education. His leadership promotes innovation of teaching methods and continuity of curriculum from pre-med and undergraduate through graduate and continuing medical education.

Mark has been on the leadership Council of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) since 2013, was President of the ASN in 2019, and is currently Past President of the ASN. He is the recipient of the 2013 Eric G. Neilson, M.D., Distinguished Professor Award from the Association of Specialty Professors for his outstanding leadership in the area of specialty medicine and the 2013 Robert G. Narins Award from the American Society of Nephrology for his contributions to nephrology, education, and teachin

Timothy Schacker, MD

Vice Dean for Research, Medical School Director, Program in HIV Medicine
University of Minnesota


Timothy Schacker, M.D. is a professor of Medicine, Vice Dean for Research, Medical School and Director of the Program in HIV Medicine at the University of Minnesota. He joined the faculty in 1996. Dr. Schacker received his M.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1986 and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the Oregon Health Sciences University and Infectious Disease Fellowship at the University of Washington in 1993. He then joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Schacker is interested in how HIV causes immune suppression and why antiretrovirals do not fully restore immunity. His group focuses on inflammatory damage in lymphatic tissues; the principal site of HIV infection, that results in fibrosis of the lymphatic structures required to maintain a normal population of CD4 cells. They are testing novel therapies to prevent and/or reverse this process and slow T cell depletion in HIV and improve their reconstitution when antiretroviral is begun. He is also the principal investigator of a federally funded program of projects designed to determine barriers to HIV eradication. In addition, Dr. Schacker has established a collaboration with the Joint Clinical Research Center in Kampala, Uganda to study how constant exposure to common infections like tuberculosis, malaria, and helminthic infections affect rates of HIV transmission and progression.


Kou Thao

Director, Minnesota Department of Health, Center for Health Equity

thao-(2).jpg As Director, Kou works across MDH to provide consultation and training on how to integrate equity into policies, programs, research and grant-making. Externally, Kou engages with the community, health partners and policy makers to advance health equity for communities most impacted by health inequities. Kou brings over 15 years of experience working within diverse communities, across sectors and across the country. He holds graduate degrees in psychology (St. Joseph’s University) and social work (University of Chicago) and is a 2013 Bush Fellow and a 2014 White House Champion of Change.

Jane van Dis, MD

Co-Founder and CEO, Equity Quotient

van-dis-(1).jpg Jane van Dis, MD is an ObGyn and volunteer faculty at USC Keck School of Medicine where she is an Advisory Council member for Keck's Gender Equity in Medicine and Science.  She is co-founder and CEO of Equity Quotient, a consultancy and analytics company providing tools to improve equity in healthcare.  She is a founding member of TIME'SUP Healthcare, which advocates for safety and equity in the healthcare workforce. Dr. van Dis is Medical Director at Mavenclinic, the nation's largest telehealth platform for women and family health.  She Co-founded OB Best Practice a partnership with OBG Project to create an on-line resources for ObGyns.  She Co-Admins the non-profit Ob Mom Group, a 4500+ ObGyn Facebook Group. She has spoken and published widely on gender equity in medicine.


Alexandra P. Wolanskyj-Spinner, MD
Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science 
Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine


Alexandra P. Wolanskyj-Spinner, M.D., is a Consultant in the Division of Hematology, Department of Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She holds the academic rank of Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. 

Dr. Wolanskyj-Spinner is the senior associate Dean for Student affairs at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine. In her role she has developed the THRIIVE an innovative program to cultivate medical student success and wellness. This program has been adopted at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science and implemented at the MCSOM campuses in Arizona, Florida and Rochester. She also led the Wellness initiatives for the MCSOM AMA’s grant on Transforming medical education. She is a Recognized expert in education and gives talks around the country and internationally.