Catherine Bendel

Vice Chair for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Lead Pediatric Fellowship Programs Director, & Associate Professor, Division of Neonatology
Faculty, Department of Pediatrics


Catherine M. Bendel, MD, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology. She earned her MD, served her internship and residency and completed her Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship at the University of Minnesota. In addition to attending on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Dr. Bendel serves as the Associate Program Director of the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program and as the department-wide lead fellowship director. Her early research interests included neonatal infectious diseases in general and the pathogenesis of infections with Candida albicans, in particular. She received two U.S. patents for Candida albicans integrin-like proteins. More recently she has focused on Fellow Education and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion efforts. She has published in Pediatric Research, Pediatrics, Journal of Pediatrics, Critical Care Medicine and Pediatric Infectious Disease and contributions to book chapters.

Clinical Summary

Neonatology; Neonatal Infectious Diseases; Equity, Diversity & Inclusion


MD, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Residency in Pediatrics,
University of Minnesota Medical School
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine,
University of Minnesota Medical School
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Licensures and Certifications

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, American Board of Pediatrics

Honors and Recognition

Excellence in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota
2024 University of Minnesota Graduate Medical Education Lifetime Achievement Award
Department of Pediatrics “Golden Apple” award
Best Doctors in America®
Minnesota Monthly “Best Doctors for Women” , Minnesota Monthly Magazine
Minnesota Monthly “Top Doctors”, Minnesota Monthly Magazine
Minneapolis - St. Paul “Top Doctors”, Minneapolis - St. Paul Magazine



Pediatric Neonatology
Academic Office Building
2450 Riverside Ave S AO-401
Minneapolis, MN 55454