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The University of Minnesota Medical School has a network of more than 17,000 accomplished alumni. Our graduates play an important role in improving the medical profession, changing public policy and advancing health care. We take great pride in your success and want to hear from you! Please update your contact information, and share your professional and personal accomplishments. 


17,703 total

12,564 living 
6,831 living in Minnesota
6,805 living in Minnesota, not retired


14,248 total

11,471 resident alumni
2,777 fellow alumni

Kathie Culhane-Pera, MD, Res. '88



Exploring the Culture(s) of Medicine

Thursday, September 28, 2023 | 5:30 p.m. CDT

Presented by Dr. Kathie Culhane-Pera, Res. '88

Part of the Maximizing Medical Practice series.

Award Nominations

The Medical Alumni Society is seeking nominations for the Harold S. Diehl Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Early Distinguished Career Award. The Harold S. Diehl Award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding professional contributions to the Medical School. The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions to the community and the Early Distinguished Career Alumni Award recognizes exemplary work of alumni physicians early in their career.


Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Jennifer Pearson

Jennifer Pearson, MD, is a family medicine physician and faculty member at the University of Minnesota Duluth campus. Dr. Pearson completed her first two years at the Duluth Medical School campus and her third and fourth years at the Twin Cities campus. “The Duluth campus was very appealing to me because I had a strong interest in family medicine,” she said. After completing her residency in Madison, Wisconsin, she began a broad-spectrum family medicine practice in McFarland, Wisconsin. After three years of practice in McFarland, she returned with her family to northern Minnesota, practicing...

Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Jon Pryor

Dr. Jon Pryor has had a storied career in medicine. After earning his MD at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Pryor completed two years of post-graduate surgical education at HCMC and went on to his residency at the University of Virginia. He then returned to the U of M, where he completed a urology fellowship.He served as U of M faculty from 1991-2006 and Department Chair of Urology from 2001-2006. During this time, Dr. Pryor established one of the largest male infertility practices in the country and helped develop one of the first multidisciplinary prostate cancer centers.In 2006, he made a...

Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Timothy Kleinschmidt

Dr. Timothy Kleinschmidt understands the need for high-quality health care in smaller communities. Before attending medical school, he was pursuing a path as a clinical psychologist. During that time, he recognized that he had an even stronger desire to become a physician. He entered the University of Minnesota Medical School at Duluth, leaning toward primary care.Dr. Kleinschmidt noted family some influence, adding, “My mom was a long-time hospital nurse. She always talked about the role of internists and quarterbacking the hospital team.” He decided that internal medicine best fits his...

Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Jessie Fudge honored for contributions to The Special Olympics

Dr. Jessie Fudge connected with medicine early on. Her father is a sports medicine physician, and her mother is a pediatric physical therapist. Growing up, Dr. Fudge spent much time on the sidelines of sporting events. She saw how her mother helped with kids with disabilities by incorporating physical activity into treatment plans.  Before medical school, Dr. Fudge started a volunteer group that brought together kids with physical and intellectual disabilities to engage in games, art, sports, and other activities. It was a life-changing experience for the kids, their parents, and the...

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