Kimara Gustafson, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Kimara Gustafson

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-624-1164

MD, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN

Residency in Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN

MPH, Maternal and Child Health, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, MN


Drawing on my own lived experience as a transracial international adoptive person, my work focuses on helping children and their families best reach their fullest potential through supporting and promoting their inner resiliency.

Awards & Recognition

  • Minneapolis - St. Paul “Top Doctors” (2022)
  • Minneapolis - St. Paul “Top Doctors, Rising Star Edition” (2021)
  • Minnesota Monthly "Top Doctor" (2021)


Research Summary/Interests

Primary research and education interests include special health care needs of adoptive children and children who have experience in the foster care system, socio-emotional trauma impact on development, racial and cultural social identity development for transracially adoptive or foster care children, and racial discrimination among historically marginalized youth in the United States.


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics

Clinical Interests

Internationally and Domestically Adoptive Children, Children who have experienced Foster Care, Prenatal Substance Exposures (including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders), Pediatric Acute Urgent Care and Emergency Care.