Kate Shafto, MD, FAAP, FACP CTropMed®

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine

Kate Shafto

Contact Info

Mailing Address:
Division of General Internal Medicine
420 Delaware Street SE
MMC 741
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Suzanne Jimenez Revou

Administrative Phone

Administrative Email

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine

Global Health Medicine


Medical School, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE

Medicine Pediatrics Residency, University of Illinois, St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL

BS, Grove City College, Grove City, PA


Kate Shafto is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Integrative Medicine (ABIOM) after completing a 2 year fellowship through University of Arizona, Center for Integrative Medicine, Class of 2017. She is the Course Director for a first and second year medical school course called Foundations of Clinical Thinking, and has involvement with pre-clinical students in other Medical School teaching roles. She is involved with Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residents in the Global Health Pathway as Core Faculty and Site Lead for the Global Pediatrics’ partnership with colleagues in Bolivia.

Kate also teaches a course she co-developed called Food Matters for Doctors (with Chef Jenny Breen), a class using cooking to teach nutrition concepts and food as medicine. This class was piloted for medical students and has been expanded to include health professional students from other disciplines, offered now for 1 credit through the Center for Spirituality and Healing. This class has led to various iterations of the course including for practicing health professionals (CME/CEU), with North Minneapolis community members seeking to improve management of diabetes and hypertension through food and cooking, as well as other consulting work in this field.

Her research interests include studying the outcomes of nutrition, cooking and lifestyle-related educational interventions with health professional students and practicing providers on both personal wellbeing and inclusion of evidence-based lifestyle-first interventions in patient care.

She is active in several well-being initiatives with medical students and residents, seeking to bring about a culture of better self-care among physicians.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, cooking, learning organic farming, practicing yoga, music, hiking, skiing, travel, and experiencing other cultures locally and abroad.


  • Nutrition and health
  • Tropical Medicine/Global Health

Awards & Recognition

  • Excellence in Education Award (General Internal Medicine) (October 2017)
  • University Impact Course of the Year: Food Matters for Health Professionals,
    Center for Spirituality and Healing (2017)
  • Herz Award for Faculty Development (2015)
  • Herz Award for Faculty Development (2014)
  • Resident of the Year Teaching Award University of Illinois /St.Francis Medical Center (2010)
  • Med/Peds Senior of the Year University of Illinois/ St.Francis Medical Center (2010)

Professional Associations

  • Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health (2016-present)
    Minnesota Holistic Medicine Group (2015 - present)
  • Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (2015 - present)
  • AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) (2006 – present)
  • ASTMH (American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene) (2011 – present)
  • NMPRA (National Med-Peds Residents’ Association) (2006 – 2010)
  • SHM (Society of Hospital Medicine) (2010 – 2015)
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians


  • Spanish


Academic Interests and Focus

Global health education and training; Mentoring, medical student education


Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics

Clinical Interests

Social determinants of health; Clinical medical education and inter-professional communication

Clinical Experience Statement

Hospitalist practice in pediatrics and internal medicine