Emily Onello, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine and BioBehavioral Health

Emily Onello

Contact Info


Office Phone 218-726-7820

Office Address:
University of Minnesota Duluth
1035 University Dr
Duluth, MN 55812

MD, Mayo Medical School

Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Family Medicine Residency, Rochester/Kasson, MN


Emily Onello, MD, joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus in 2012. She directs and teaches several medical student courses, serves as a faculty advisor to medical students, and helps to develop and evaluate curriculum. She focuses on the rural preceptorship experience for students. Current research interests include rural physician workforce challenges, vaccination attitudes and environmental health. 

She has practiced as a family physician at Bay Area Health Center in Silver Bay, MN as well as at Lake Superior Community Health Center in Duluth, MN. Dr. Onello participated in immunology research involving cellular inflammatory mechanisms at the University of California, San Diego.



Pearson, J., Greminger, A., Onello, E., & Stover, S. (2021). Teaching the Evaluation of Female Pelvic Pain: A Hands-On Simulation to Reinforce Exam Skills and Introduce Transvaginal Ultrasound. MedEdPortal: the journal of teaching and learning resources, 17, 11080. doi: 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.11080

Boulger, J., & Onello, E. (2020). Transforming Rural Family Medicine Curriculum from Experiential to Virtual: A Response to COVID19 Limitations. PRiMER (Peer Reviewed Reports in Medical Education Research) as part of The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) the Society, 4(19). doi: DOI: 10.22454/PRiMER.2020.343294

Deutchman, M., Macaluso, F., Chao, J., Duffrin, C., Hanna, K., Onello, E., Quinn, K., Alavi, M., Boulger, J., Bright, P., Schneider, B., Porter, J. L., Luke, S., Hassain, M., James, K. Contributions of U.S. Medical Schools to Primary Care (2003-2014): Determining and Predicting Who REALLY Goes into Primary Care. Family Medicine. https://journals.stfm.org/familymedicine/2020/july-august/deutchman-2020-0065/

Jennifer Pearson MD, Kaitlyn Anderholm MPH, MS2, Maren Bettermann MS2, Samantha Friedrichsen MPH, Carolina De La Rosa Mateo MPH, Sara Richter MS, Emily Onello MD (2020). Obstetrical Care in Rural Minnesota: Family Physician Perspectives on Factors Affecting the Ability to Provide Prenatal, Labor, and Delivery Care, Journal of Rural Health. https://doi.org/10.1111/jrh.12478

Emily Onello, Samantha Friedrichsen, Kristine Krafts, Glenn Simmons, Kevin Diebel, (2020). "First-year allopathic medical student attitudes about vaccination and vaccine hesitancy," Vaccine, Volume 38, Issue 4, 2020, Pages 808-814, ISSN 0264-410X. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2019.10.094

Beehler, S., Boulger, J., Friedrichsen, S. C., & Onello, E. C. (2019). Teaching community health needs assessment to first year medical students: Integrating with longitudinal clinical experience in rural communities. Journal of Community Health. doi: 10.1007/s10900-019-00651-8

Walls, M., Hautala, D., Gonzalez, M., Greenfield, B., Aronson, B., & Onello, E. (2019). Perceptions and prevalence of alcohol and cigarette use among American Indian adults with type 2 diabetes. Clinical Diabetes. doi: https://doi.org/10.2337/cd18-0078

Pearson, J., Ipsen, J., Sutherland, S., Wegerson, K., & Onello, E. (2019). Risks and costs to human health of sulfide-ore mining near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment. doi: 10.1080/10807039.2019.1576026

Nancy, S., Ballinger, J.*, Crowe, N., Dupuis, W., Emmons, K., Greensky, C., . . . Walls, M. (2018). Expanding the Narrative of Tribal Health: The Effects of Wild Rice Water Quality Rule Changes on Tribal Health, Health Impact Assessment. (Contributing Author) Cloquet, MN: Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Resource Management Division. Wild Rice HIA 2018-1.pdf

Boulger, J., & Onello, E. (2018). Family medicine preceptorships for first year medical students: Durable educational value amid healthcare transformation. Journal of Regional Medical Campuses, 1(3). doi: 10.24926/jrmc.v1i3.1102

Onello, E., & Curnow, C. (2018). Regaining the voice of our profession: A clinic's journey to unionize (9th ed., vol. 32). Minnesota Physician.

Walls, M. L., Gonzalez, J., Gladney, T., & Onello, E. (2015). Unconscious biases: Racial microaggressions in American Indian health care. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 28(2), 231-239. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2015.02.140194

Murphy C, Onello E. Physicians and school nurses: collaborating to improve immunization rates. Minnesota Physician. 2016;30(6):22-4. 

Onello E, Allert D, Bauer S, et al. Sulfide mining and human health in Minnesota. Minnesota Medicine. 2016;99(8):51-5.

Walls, M., & Onello, E. (2014). Collaborating with Indigenous communities: Considering culture for promoting health(8th ed., vol. 28, pp. 16-23). Minnesota Physician.