Jon Hallberg

Director of Philanthropy, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Medical Director, M Physicians Clinics
Medical Director, M Physicians Mill City Clinic
Creative Director, Center for the Art of Medicine


Jon Hallberg, MD, is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, where he also serves as the director of philanthropy. Dr. Hallberg maintains a busy clinical practice at the M Physicians Mill City Clinic in Minneapolis, where he serves as the medical director. He is also the creative director of the University of Minnesota Medical School's Center for the Art of Medicine, and is a two-time regional Emmy Award winner for his work on the Twin Cities Public Television series, Art + Medicine.

Creative Activity Summary

Dr. Hallberg is especially interested in health communication, and for over 18 years, from 2003 to the end of 2021, he served as the regular health and medical analyst on the regional "All Things Considered" program on Minnesota Public Radio, appearing over 650 times. In 2009, he created a live, inspired-by-radio program called Hippocrates Cafe, that works with professional actors and musicians to explore complicated healthcare topics through story and song. Dr. Hallberg has created over 100 unique shows, having performed them in eight states at such venues as Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, Stanford University, the Weisman Art Museum, and the Minnesota State Fair. In 2020, during the Covid pandemic, the live show served as the basis for a new public television series called "Art + Medicine." The four-part series explored the pandemic, race, aging, and disability, and won Upper Midwest Regional Emmy Awards in 2021 ("Reflections on the Pandemic") and 2022 ("Speaking of Race"). "Healthy Aging" has been submitted for an Emmy nomination, and the fourth show, "Disability, Culture and Creativity," will air in October 2023.

Research Interests
Clinical innovation
Health communication
Translational medical humanities
Performing arts medicine
Performance-enhancing substance use in athletes

Service Summary

Dr. Hallberg has served as medical director of the 10 M Physicians Clinics since November 2021. These include such varied clinics as Broadway Family Medicine (primary care), Hilger Face Center (reconstructive and cosmetic surgery), Mill City Clinic (primary care), Radiation Therapy Center, and St. Louis Park Clinic (child and adolescent mental health, epilepsy, first episode psychosis, memory loss, and treatment-resistant depression).

Clinical Summary

Dr. Hallberg maintains a busy clinical practice at the M Physicians Mill City Clinic, an award-winning art- and light-filled clinic he helped design in 2008 and 2018 (when it was expanded, doubling in size, and remodeled). Since his first year of practice in 1995, Dr. Hallberg has taken a special interest in caring for the creative and performing arts community in the Twin Cities, and has served as the physician for the Guthrie Theater, the Minnesota Orchestra (MO), the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO), the Greater Twin Cities Youth Orchestras (GTCYS), Minnehaha Academy (MA), and various traveling Broadway productions and film companies. He has served as a tour physician multiple times, traveling to such locations as Cuba (MO), Indonesia (SPCO), Italy (SPCO, GTCYS, MA), Poland (GYCYS), Singapore (SPCO), South Africa (MO), and Taiwan (SPCO).


MD, University of Minnesota Medical School
BA, Saint Olaf College
Major: Chemistry/Liberal Arts

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Cohort Member- Rothenberger Leadership Academy,
University of Minnesota Medical School
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Visiting Professor,
Mayo Clinic, Department of Family Medicine
Rochester, Minnesota
American Academy of Family Physicians
Visiting Professor in the Humanities,
Hennepin County Medical Center, Department of Medicine
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Visiting Lecturer/Speaker,
Luther College, Lilly-Endowment-sponsored "A Sense of Vocation" Series of lectures/presentations
Decorah, Iowa
Bush Medical Fellow ,
Archibald Bush Foundation, Health Communication
St. Paul , Minnesota, United States
Visiting Scholar,
Program for Leading Innovations in Health Care and Education, Harvard Macy Institute
Boston, Massachusetts
Visiting Assistant Professor,
Saint Olaf College, Taught interim (January) course, "Epidemic!" to college students
Northfield, Minnesota
Visiting Instructor,
Saint Olaf College, Taught Interim (January) course, "Plagues and Pestilence: AIDS in Perspective", to college students
Northfield, Minnesota
University of Minnesota Medical Center Residency Program,
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Licensures and Certifications

Board Certified, American Board of Family Medicine
Minnesota State License, Minnesota Board of Medical Practice
Licensure/Certification Number: 36295
BLS Recertification,

Honors and Recognition

Regional Emmy Award for "Speaking of Race," 2022
Regional Emmy Award, for "Reflections on the Pandemic," 2021
Top Doctor designation in Mpls./St. Paul Magazine, 2006-2023
Top Doctor designation in Minnesota Monthly, 2013-2023
Top Three Primary Care Physicians in Minneapolis, in Three Best Rated, 2017-2023

Professional Memberships

American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH)
American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
American Society for Bioethics and Humanities



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