This year, Mpls. St. Paul Magazine’s 2021 “Top Doctors: Rising Stars” recognized 134 University of Minnesota Physicians (M Physicians) doctors across 51 specialties.

The list highlights physicians who have been practicing for 10 years or less and were nominated by their peers as deserving of the award. The winning doctors were selected after a rigorous evaluation process by an expert physician review panel that assessed their professional achievements and other factors. 

“We are excited that so many exceptional physicians were named to this year’s Rising Stars list,” said Bevan Yueh, MD, MPH, Interim CEO of M Physicians. “Their achievements are a testament to the work we do here, and their commitment to their patients and their specialties makes all of us proud.”

Scroll down to see the complete list of M Physicians doctors recognized as 2021 Rising Stars by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. 

Aaron Berg, DO
James Flaherty, MD
Jeffrey Grosland, MD
Benjamin Kloesel, MD, MSBS
Megan Lanigan, MD
Julia Weinkauf, MD

Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery
Andrew Shaffer, MD, MS
Matthew Soule, MD

Justin Halbe, MD

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Nakita Natala, MD

Colon & Rectal Surgery
Christopher Chow, MD

Critical Care Medicine
Jennifer Rickard, MD
David Wacker, MD

Ronda Farah, MD, FAAD
Lori Fiessinger, MD
Noah Goldfarb, MD, FAAD
Matthew Mansh, MD
Adam Mattox, DO
David Pearson, MD
Brittney Schultz, MD

Diagnostic Radiology
David Aamodt, MD
Kevin Boegel, MD
Eric Carolan, MD
Anil Chauhan, MD, FAIUM
Noelle Hoven, MD
Lucas Ludeman, MD
Matthew Rischall, MD
Robben Schat, DO

Emergency Medicine
Carmen Avendano, MD

Endocrinology, Weight Management
Samar Malaeb, MD
Megan Oberle, MD, MSHP

Family Medicine
Karen Borchert, MD
Kathryn Brown, MD
James Hougas, MD
Laura Miller, MD, MPH
Charles Salmen, MD
Joshua Thompson, MD
Amanda Weinmann, MD
Andrea Westby, MD
Cherilyn Wicks, MD

Nabeel Azeem, MD
Justin Howard, MD
Thomas Leventhal, MD
Eugenia Shmidt, MD
Tyson Sievers, MD
Christopher Steevens, MD

Genetics and Metabolism
Anjali Aggarwal, MD
Charles Billington Jr., MD, PhD

Gynecologic Oncology
Andrea O’Shea, MD

Joan Beckman, MD, PhD

Katherine Chang, MD
Jocelin Huang, MD
Arpit Rao, MD
Surbhi Shah, MBBS

Michael Linden, MD

Hospital Medicine
Brian Muthyala, MD, PhD
Cuong Pham, MD

Infectious Disease
Anne-Marie Leuck, MD
Radha Rajasingham, MD
Beth Thielen, MD, PhD

Internal Medicine
Mary Logeais, MD
Benjamin Webber, MD

Interventional Cardiology
Jason Bartos, MD, PhD
Abdi Jama, MD, FACC, RPVI
Marat Yanavitski, MD

Interventional Radiology
Shamar Young, MD

Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Sarah Cross, MD
Lisa Gill, MD
Bethany Sabol, MD

Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine
Melissa Engel, MD
Tate Gisslen, MD
Megan Paulsen, MD
Katherine Satrom, MD

Sarah Elfering, MD
Katti Woerner, DO

Kristen Jones, MD
Carolina Sandoval Garcia, MD
Andrew Venteicher, MD, PhD

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Christy Boraas Alsleben, MD, MPH

Karen Armbrust, MD, PhD
Joshua Hou, MD
Sasha Strul, MD
Justin Yamanuha, MD

Orthopedic Surgery
Caitlin Chambers, MD
Patrick Horrigan, MD
Patrick Horst, MD
Mai Nguyen, MD
Robert Wojahn, MD

Raluca Gray, MD
Luke Jakubowski, MD
Ashok Jethwa, MD
Abby Meyer, MD
Andrew Redmann, MD

Pediatric Cardiology
Varun Aggarwal, MD
Daniel Cortez, MD, PhD, FAAP, FACC, CCD
Stacie Knutson, MD
Nathan Rodgers, MD, MHA
Kavisha Shah, MD

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Julia Heneghan, MD
Miriam Shapiro, MD

Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Callie Becker, MD
Larissa Beyerlein, MD
Risha Moskalewicz, MD
Jonathan Strutt, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterology
Catherine Larson-Nath, MD, CNSC

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Alexander Boucher, MD
Robin Williams, MD

Pediatric Infectious Disease
Elizabeth Swanson, DO

Pediatric Nephrology
Scott McEwen, MD

Pediatric Neurology
Amanda Moen, MD

Pediatric Rheumatology
Danielle Bullock, MD, MPH

Kristin Jakubowski, MD
Jameel Winter, MD

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Michael Kasprzak, DO
Stephanie Standal, MD

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Nicholas Kim, MD

Katie Thorsness, MD

Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine
William Amundson, MD
Andrew Caraganis, MD
Roy Cho, MD, MHA
Yuka Furuya, MD
Nathaniel Gaeckle, MD
Katherine Janssen, MD
Kathryn Pendleton, MD

Radiation Oncology
Christopher Wilke, MD, PhD

Nitika Ghattaura, MD

Sleep Medicine
Umesh Goswami, MD

Sports Medicine
David Supik, DO

Christopher Tignanelli, MD

Transplant Surgery
Vanessa Humphreville, MD, FACS
Varvara Kirchner, MD

Cynthia Fok, MD, MPH
Joseph Pariser, MD
Joseph Zabell, MD