Mpls. St. Paul Magazine has named 123 University of Minnesota Physicians (M Physicians) doctors this year as their 2024 Rising Stars. The physicians spanned across 40 different specialties.

Each year, the magazine asks physicians in the Twin Cities and Rochester areas, “If you or a loved one needed medical care, which doctor would you recommend?” For the Rising Stars edition, physicians eligible to be included have been in practice 10 years or less. A blue-ribbon  panel of peer physicians then evaluates the nominees and compiles the list of final honorees.

“The physicians honored this year represent a future of medicine in Minnesota that is marked first and foremost by compassion,” said Beven Yueh, MD, MPH, CEO of M Physicians and Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of Minnesota Medical School. “In addition to these individuals' deep talent and care for others, they also lead research that will become the future treatments for difficult conditions while carefully training the next generation of Minnesota’s doctors.”

These individuals have worked hard to provide excellent care for the state of Minnesota, while also making medical advancements along the way. Care and compassion are qualities all of these physicians embody, fostering a welcoming and comfortable environment for patients.

"What really makes these physicians so special is their dedication to each and every patient they see," said Holly Boyer, MD, M Physicians' chief clinical officer. "We see the difference they make in our patients' outcomes and the feedback their patients provide."

Meet the M Physicians Rising Stars, the future of medicine, honored this year:


  • Anna Budde
  • Iryna Chugaieva
  • James Flaherty
  • Benjamin Gorbaty 
  • Benjamin Matelich
  • Lisa Sun

Bariatric Surgery

  • Eric Wise


  • Terrie-Ann Benjamin
  • Aaron Ho
  • Erick Jimenez
  • Rajat Kaira
  • Stacie Knutson
  • Jeremy Markowitz
  • Daniel Peck
  • Kavisha Shah
  • Brent White

Colon and Rectal Surgery

  • Elliot Arsoniadis 
  • Paolo Goffredo
  • Cyrus Jahansouz

Critical Care Medicine

  • Nicholas Brown
  • Julia Heneghan
  • Sarah Kiel
  • Kathleen Mahan
  • Atul Mehta


  • Matthew Mansh
  • Brittney Schultz

Emergency Medicine

  • Nicholas Sausen
  • Callie Rae Becker


  • Eric Bomberg
  • Jacob Kohlenberg
  • Megan Kristan

Family Medicine

  • Joshua Thompson
  • Mark Nelson
  • Allison Newman
  • Tina Ozbeki


  • Elizabeth Aby
  • Heli Bhatt
  • Vikram Christian
  • Joshua Sloan
  • Christopher Steevens
  • Mary Thomson

Genetic Medicine

  • Anjali Aggarwal
  • Charles Billington Jr.

Gynecologic Oncology

  • Andrea O’Shea


  • Alexander Boucher
  • Najla El Jurdi

Infectious Disease

  • Mahsa Abassi
  • Lauren Fontana

Internal Medicine

  • Rebecca Markowitz
  • Timothy Capecchi
  • Brian Hillard
  • Melissa Plesac
  • Benjamin Webber

Maternal/Fetal Medicine

  • Sabrina Burn
  • Bethany Sabol
  • Sarah Wernimont

Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine

  • Ellen Diego
  • Marie Hickey
  • Ellen Ingolfsland
  • Julie Johnson Rolfes
  • Rachel Koski
  • Katherine Satrom


  • Adam Bregman
  • Anne Kouri
  • Scott McEwen

Neurological Surgery

  • Andrew Venteicher


  • Abby Metzler
  • Elizabeth Neil
  • William Mantyh
  • Jacob Torrison


  • Isahaq Mohamed Abdullahi


  • Evidio Domingo-Musibay
  • Arjun Gupta
  • Dame Idossa
  • Amit Kulkarni


  • Wassef Chanbour
  • Ethan Greenberg

Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Nathan Hendrickson
  • Allison Rao


  • Ashok Jethwa

Palliative Medicine

  • Lahn Nguyen


  • Aastha Chauhan

Pediatric Critical Care

  • William Sveen

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

  • Viviane Tchonang Leuche

Pediatric Infectious Disease

  • Beth Thielen

Pediatric Surgery

  • Randi Lassiter


  • Calla Brown
  • Adam Foss
  • Madeline Paul
  • Rachel Poeppelman

Physical Med/Rehabilitation (Phsiatry)

  • Zainab Al Lawati
  • John Fox
  • William Fredericks
  • Mahmood Gharib
  • Michael Kasprzak
  • Stephanie Standal

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 

  • Thomas Suszynski


  • Jonathan Homans
  • Raghu Gandhi
  • Tolulope Odebunmi
  • Amanda Schlesinger
  • Lora Wichser
  • Saydra Wilson
  • Cristina Sophia Albott

Pulmonary Medicine

  • Hem Desai
  • Aahd Kubbara
  • Jennifer Wong


  • Robben Schat
  • Jeffrey Ames


  • Sahar Lotfi-Emran
  • Shawn Mahmud

Sleep Medicine

  • Bimaje Akpa

Sports Medicine

  • David Smith
  • Edward Smith
  • David Supik

Surgery, General

  • David Martin
  • Christopher Tignanelli
  • Lucky Vang


  • Joseph Pariser 
  • Bryan Hinck