Faculty

 

Matthew Anderson
Assistant Commissioner Health Care and Minnesota’s Medicaid Director
Minnesota Department of Human Services
 

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Matt Anderson serves as assistant commissioner for the Health Care Administration and the state’s Medicaid director. In these roles at the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Anderson oversees Minnesota’s Medicaid program and its basic health plan, MinnesotaCare. Collectively these health care programs provide coverage to 1.2 million Minnesotans.

Before becoming assistant commissioner at DHS, Anderson served in senior leadership positions at the Minnesota Hospital Association. Most recently he acted as interim president and chief executive officer and as senior vice president of policy and chief strategy officer. In these roles, Anderson worked on policy and finance issues and innovations in health care, including the implications of Medicaid expansion, the development of Integrated Health Partnerships and other reforms designed to improve the quality and value of health care for Minnesotans.

Anderson’s professional experience includes serving as assistant attorney general for the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, assistant county attorney for Hennepin County and assistant general counsel for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. He also teaches a course in the Master of Healthcare Administration program at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health. Anderson earned a bachelor of arts from St. John’s University and a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.
 

 

Maria 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.

 

Todd Askew
Senior Vice President, Advocacy, American Medical Association

Askew.png Todd Askew is the Senior Vice President of the Advocacy Group for the American Medical Association, overseeing the organization’s legislative, government affairs, political, health policy and private sector advocacy activities. Prior to becoming SVP in 2019, Todd managed the AMA’s team of Congressional lobbyists as Director of Congressional Affairs, developing and implementing strategies to advance organized medicine’s priorities before the United States Congress. Todd had previously served as an Assistant Director for the division. From 1994-2000, Todd worked for the American Academy of Pediatrics Department of Federal Affairs working on legislative and regulatory matters dealing with health care financing and public health, including the 1997 enactment of the Children’s Health Insurance Program. He began his career in Washington in the office of then Representative Nathan Deal of Georgia. Todd has a BA in History from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA.


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

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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

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'S UP 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

Faculty Emergency Physician & Medical Toxicologist

Hennepin Healthcare

Cole.jpg Jon B. Cole, MD is a board-certified emergency physician and medical toxicologist at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis, MN.  He also serves as medical director of the Minnesota Poison Control System and is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Cole has worked in the emergency department at HCMC as a faculty emergency physician since 2009, has lectured nationally and internationally on poisoning and the care of the critically-ill poisoned patient, and has published over 90 scientific articles in the fields of emergency medicine and toxicology.




 

 

Brooke Cunningham, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Health Disparities, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota

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Dr. Brooke Cunningham is a general internist, a sociologist, and an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at University of Minnesota. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota in 2014, Dr. Cunningham completed medical school and graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania, residency in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center, both a research fellowship in General Internal Medicine and the Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics and Health Policy at Johns Hopkins University, and an AcademyHealth Delivery System Science Fellowship at the Medica Research Institute. As a clinician, Dr. Cunningham practices internal medicine at the Community-University Health Care Clinic (CUHCC), a federally-qualified health clinic that serves a diverse patient population, most of whom live in poverty. As an educator, she teaches first year medical students at the University of Minnesota about race as a social construct and the mechanisms through which racism affects health. As a researcher, she uses mixed methods to examine factors that impede or facilitate health systems’ efforts to address health equity, such as colorblindness, implicit bias, and conceptualizing race as a biological variable. Dr. Cunningham was recently awarded an NIH NHLBI K23 Mentored Career Development Award to develop and test a feasible, acceptable, and evidence-based method for health care providers to communicate about racism with their African-American patients. Dr. Cunningham aims to increase physicians’ abilities to address racism as a fundamental cause of disease, improve the quality of race-discordant (e.g., White provider-Black patient) therapeutic relationships, and transform health care delivery systems to better meet the needs of diverse populations.


 

Edward P. Ehlinger, MD, MSPH
Public Health Metaphysician

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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.   
      


                                                                 

 

Rachel R. Hardeman, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor 
Blue Cross Endowed Professor in Health and Racial Equity 
2020-21 to 2022-2023 McKnight Presidential Fellow
Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health
 

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Dr. Rachel R. Hardeman is a tenured Associate Professor in the Division of Health Policy & Management, University of Minnesota, School of Public Health and the Blue Cross Endowed Professor in Health and Racial Equity. A reproductive health equity researcher, she applies the tools of population health science and health services research to elucidate a critical and complex determinant of health inequity—racism. Dr. Hardeman leverages the frameworks of critical race theory and reproductive justice to inform her equity-centered work which aims to build the empirical evidence of racism’s impact on health particularly for Black birthing people and their babies. Dr. Hardeman’s research includes a partnership with Roots Community Birth Center, in North Minneapolis, one of five Black-owned freestanding birth centers in the United States. Her work also examines the potential mental health impacts for Black birthing people when living in a community that has experienced the killing of an unarmed Black person by police. Published in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and the American Journal of Public Health, Dr. Hardeman’s research has elicited important conversations on the topics of culturally-centered care, police brutality and structural racism as a fundamental cause of health inequities. Her overarching goal is to contribute to a body of knowledge that links structural racism to health in a tangible way, identifies opportunities for intervention, and dismantles the systems, structures, and institutions that allow inequities to persist.


 

David S. Jones, MD, PhD
Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine
Harvard University

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Trained in psychiatry and history of science, Dr. David Jones is the Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine at Harvard University. His research has focused on the causes and meanings of health inequalities (Rationalizing Epidemics: Meanings and Uses of American Indian Mortality since 1600) and the history of decision making in cardiac therapeutics (Broken Hearts: The Tangled History of Cardiac Care). He is currently at work on four other histories, of the evolution of coronary artery surgery, of heart disease and cardiac therapeutics in India, of the threat of air pollution to health in India, and of the history of air pollution research in the United States. His teaching at Harvard College and Harvard Medical School explores the history of medicine, medical ethics, and social medicine.



Scott R. Ketover, MD

President & CEO, MNGI

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Dr. Scott Ketover proudly serves as the President and CEO of MNGI Digestive Health, one of the largest independent gastroenterology practices in the country. He completed his medical degree, residency, and GI Fellowship at the University of Minnesota. 

Dr. Ketover also serves as the Chairman of the 3000-physician member Allina Integrated Medical Network, an ACO. Dr. Ketover previously served as the Founding President of the Digestive Health Physicians Association, a national patient care advocacy organization of 2200 independent gastroenterologists, and he is the Founding President of the 1200 physician member Digestive Health Network. 

Dr. Ketover believes that in the future many illnesses, as well as the promotion of wellness, will be improved by therapeutic diets and changes in the intestinal microbiome. In addition to his clinical interests, he is also deeply committed to physician leadership and practice management and is a Fellow of the AGA and the ASGE.


 

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. 
 

 

 

Ruth Lynfield, MD, State Epidemiologist and Medical Director
Minnesota Department of Health

 
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Ruth Lynfield, M.D. received her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and did postgraduate training in pediatrics and in pediatric infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She attended in pediatric infectious disease at MGH from1992-1997. Dr. Lynfield then joined the Minnesota Department of Health as a medical epidemiologist, and appointed State Epidemiologist in 2007 and Medical Director of the department in 2010. She is the co-principal investigator of the Minnesota Emerging Infections Program. She has conducted infectious disease investigations and responses to outbreaks; she has also developed surveillance systems, and conducted public health research, evaluation and planning. 

Dr. Lynfield chairs the CDC Board of Scientific Counselors- Office of Infectious Diseases. She has served on the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, and the National Vaccine Advisory Committee. She is an associate editor for Red Book (Report of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Infectious Disease). Dr. Lynfield has also chaired the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) Public Health Committee and has served on multiple other public health workgroups and committees.  She is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine, and of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota.
                                              
 

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

Martinez.jpg Ruth M. Martinez, M.A., is Executive Director of the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. She has enjoyed a long career in public service with the Board.  She also serves as Minnesota’s Commissioner on the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission, where she chairs the Rules and Administrative Procedures Committee and serves on the Executive Committee. Ms. Martinez frequently represents the Board on task forces, work groups and coalitions, and collaborates with a broad range of stakeholders in health care regulation and delivery. She is actively involved with development and implementation of regulatory initiatives, programs and policies that enhance patient safety, increase access to information and services, and improve process transparency.
 


 

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, JD,
Executive Director, Local Public Health Association of Minnesota

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Kari Oldfield, JD, is the Executive Director for the Local Public Health Association (LPHA) of Minnesota, working with more than 230 leaders from health departments across the state. In her role, Kari works statewide to improve and protect the health of the population of Minnesota by providing leadership and advocacy on behalf of local public health. Prior to her role at LPHA, Kari worked four years in tobacco prevention. Kari received her JD from Hamline University School of Law where she focused on health law and compliance and her BA from Coe College focusing on communications and political science.
 


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

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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 A. Reed, MD, MPH
Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

Reed-Darcy.jpgDarcy A. Reed, MD, MPH is Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, Associate Director of the Mayo Clinic Program in Professionalism and Values, and Professor of Medicine in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. She is a graduate of Mayo Medical School, Mayo Clinic Internal Medicine Residency Program, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine General Internal Medicine Fellowship, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a former Mayo Foundation Scholar and former Deputy Editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine.





Stacey Rizza, MD, FIDSA

Executive Medical Director for International Academic Affairs at Mayo Clinic

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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

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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.
 

 

Paul Terrill, MD FAAFP
Sawtooth Mountain Clinic

Terrill.jpg Dr. Terrill graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School (Duluth Campus) in 1988 and the Duluth Family Medicine program in 1991.  He has practiced at Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, a Federally Qualified Community Health Center in Grand Marais, MN, since 1991, where he also serves as medical director.







 




Kou Thao

Director, Minnesota Department of Health, Center for Health Equity

Thao-(3).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'S UP Healthcare, which advocates for safety and equity in the healthcare workforce. Dr. van Dis is Medical Director at Maven Clinic, 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.

 

Penny Wheeler, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer, Allina Health 

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Penny Wheeler, MD, became the president and chief executive officer of Allina Health in 2015. Dr. Wheeler sets the overall strategic direction for Allina Health, focusing on ensuring that the organization delivers exceptional care and supports the health and well-being of all those served. 

Under Dr. Wheeler’s leadership, Allina Health has sharpened its focus on serving those who have not always been well-served by the health care system, including individuals with disabilities through the creation of Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute; those with mental illness and addiction issues through significant investments in Allina Health’s mental health capabilities.

Dr. Wheeler serves on the board of Portico Healthnet, an organization dedicated to helping uninsured Minnesotans receive affordable health coverage and care, St. Thomas University, the University of Minnesota Foundation, and is the incoming chair of the American Hospital Association’s System Council. In addition, she was recently named to the Board of Cedar, an organization that eases the strain of financial billing for those served. 

Modern Healthcare recognized Dr. Wheeler as one of the top 25 women in health care. In addition, she received an award as one of the 100 most influential people in health care and was recognized as one of the 50 most influential clinical executives.
 



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

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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.