- First Year: Class of 2023
- Second Year: Class of 2022
- Third Year: Class of 2021
First Year: Class of 2023
Christopher Jennen, MD
Medical school: University of Minnesota - Duluth
Medical interests: Addiction medicine, pediatrics, HIV+ care, underserved medicine, rural medicine, health advocacy.
Personal interests: Cooking, trail running, board games, bouldering, and exploring the great outdoors.
Why North Memorial: I chose North Memorial for the many opportunities to nurture my interests in full spectrum family medicine. I admire the commitment the faculty and staff have towards providing quality care to all residents of the North Minneapolis area, and I look forward to learning how to integrate public health into my future practice.
Darien Jourdaine, DO
Medical school: A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
Medical interests: Osteopathic manipulative medicine, women's health, pediatrics, and serving underserved communities both in the clinic and beyond.
Personal interests: Nature, hiking, odd museums, audiobooks, art and DIY projects, dad jokes, and hanging with my turtles.
Why North Memorial: The deep and authentic commitment to the community is palpable and contagious. Faculty and residents have unique interests that, when combined together, create a beautiful whole. There is ample opportunity to tailor training to personal passions while still maintaining full-spectrum family medicine training.
Ian Latham, MD
Medical school: Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Medical interests: Full-spectrum family medicine, underserved medicine, addiction medicine, reproductive health, family planning, LGBTQ health and gender-affirming care, community-focused medicine, and health policy and advocacy.
Personal interests: Cooking and trying new cuisines, homebrewing and other fermentation, board games and puzzles, camping, and adventurous eating (especially super- and ultra-hot peppers!).
Why North Memorial: Robust full-spectrum training, a strong commitment to North Minneapolis demonstrated through purposeful community engagement, opportunities to work with both urban and rural underserved populations, a strong social mission with attention to health inequities, and opportunities to provide comprehensive addiction care.
Emily Lund, MD
Medical school: University of Minnesota - Duluth
Medical interests: Community health and engagement, social and preventative medicine, underserved and addiction medicine, health policy/advocacy, and medical education and health literacy.
Personal interests: Cooking, baking desserts, walking around lakes/rivers, yoga, trying to semi-successfully garden, relaxing with family and friends, and baby-talking my dog.
Why North Memorial: I was looking for a residency program that is committed to and supports their community - beyond the clinic and hospital. Amazing faculty and residents who I trust to teach and guide me. The opportunity to learn from colleagues who are leaders in local, statewide, and national advocacy. Plus it's part of my neighborhood!
Catherine Pang, MD
Medical school: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Medical interests: Underserved medicine and immigrant/refugee health, chronic disease management, preventive medicine, nutrition and wellness, addiction medicine, geriatrics, medical education, patient health literacy, and integrative medicine.
Personal interests: Cooking/learning global cuisines, knitting, outdoor cardio activities, watching TV series/anime, reading, music of any genre, sketching and journaling, enjoying tea from around the world.
Why North Memorial: I chose North Memorial for its dedication to health policy and to caring for the underserved, all while providing exceptional medical training designed to produce family medicine physicians able to advocate and care for disadvantaged populations. The inspiring, supportive, and compassionate faculty and residents all strive for excellence, care for each other and for their patients' well being, and serve to advance both community healthcare and residency education. I also appreciate the in-depth and rigorous full-spectrum medical training offered at North Memorial Hospital, as well as the culture of respect, humility, and continuous learning that is ingrained throughout the curriculum and the program itself. Everyone here is kind to each other and fun to be with as well!
John Ward, MD
Medical school: Emory University
Medical interests: Health equity and underserved medicine, adolescent health, sexual and reproductive health, palliative care, addiction medicine.
Personal interests: Art, piano, soccer, gaming, hiking, running, staying as up to date as I can on politics and memes.
Why North Memorial: North Memorial's residency program is well integrated into the surrounding community. The faculty and residents have a good sense of humor but also are clearly dedicated to serving the community and giving residents plenty of tools and opportunities to grow as public servants.
Valerie Young, DO
Medical school: Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima, Washington
Medical interests: Osteopathic manipulation, integrative and functional medicine, holistic mind/body/spirit medicine, mental health and wellness, underserved health care, Latino migrant health, social justice, health advocacy.
Personal interests: Latin dancing, trail running, hiking, swimming, yoga & meditation.
Why North Memorial: I wanted to come back to serve the community that I grew up in. Growing up in North Minneapolis also made me have a special passion for diverse, underserved, and vulnerable populations: low-income communities, POC, LGBTQIA individuals, and minority and immigrant populations. I felt like the North Memorial program would prepare me to be the best ally, advocate, and health care provider for these patient populations.
Second Year: Class of 2022
Ryan Aberle, MD
Medical school: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Health equity and underserved medicine, chronic disease management, preventive medicine, nutrition, chemical dependency, palliative care
Personal interests: Cooking and dining (I was a chef in a former life), gardening, woodworking, travel, biking, coaching youth sports, science fiction – especially classics
Why North Memorial: Supportive faculty who are experts in their areas of interest and always willing to take time to teach. North Memorial hospital is a level one trauma center and has no other residents based in the facility. Broadway clinic offers an amazing opportunity to collaborate with and care for a diverse community while receiving broad spectrum training and having access to the academic resources of a major university.
Erin Anderson, MD
Medical school: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Medical interests: Wellness, chronic disease management, women's health, health equity, HIV+ care, addiction, and community engagement
Personal interests: Bike commuting, travel, hiking, camping, skiing, food justice, cooking, yoga, rock climbing, podcasts, and spending time with my dog, friends, and family
Why North Memorial: The brilliant group of faculty are committed to centering care at the margins and practice community engagement. The talented residents create a strong community that fosters wellness, curiosity, and growth. The breath of opportunity to learn full spectrum family medicine and have time to pursue specific interests will prepare me to care for underserved communities in the future.
Rebecca Gieseker, MD
Medical school: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Medical interests: Health equity, community engagement, advocacy, sexual/reproductive health, family planning, LGBTQ care, behavioral health, addiction medicine, adolescent medicine
Personal interests: hiking, biking, raising a growing houseplant colony, catching up on fiction, political advocacy, live music
Why North Memorial: Focus on urban underserved care, ample elective time and support to pursue our specific interests, full spectrum family medicine training with strong women's health component, commitment to community activism and social justice.
Laura Johnson, MD
Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine
Medical Interests: underserved medicine, community medicine, health policy, mental health, immigrant health
Personal Interests: reading, traveling, trying new breweries and ice cream shops, spending time with family
Why North Memorial: The fierce commitment to serving the North Minneapolis community, both through high-quality patient care and through extracurricular activities, like service opportunities and advocacy. More highlights: the emphasis on treating the whole person, addressing social determinants of health, learning from a diverse patient population, and the feeling of true support from residents, faculty and staff.
Hanna Nedrud, MD
Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School, Twin Cities
Medical Interests: Full spectrum family medicine, community health and engagement, health policy and advocacy, geriatrics, global health
Personal Interests: Biking around Minneapolis, cooking new recipes, hiking, reading, spending time with friends and family
Why North Memorial: Incredible faculty members who will challenge and support me every day, residents who are humble and passionate about full-spectrum family medicine and community health, intentional community engagement, opportunities for health advocacy, great senses of humor, a place where people believe that learning is winning.
Katherine Nowakowski, MD
Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Medical Interests: underserved medicine, population/public health, community engagement, health policy/advocacy, research, hospice/palliative care, sports medicine, addiction medicine, infectious disease, preventive medicine, American Indian populations, medical ethics
Personal Interests: music, soccer, cooking/baking, theology, fine arts
Why North Memorial: I chose North Memorial primarily for the dedication to working with underserved communities. I loved the community engagement and substantial experience with health policy and advocacy. I wanted the research opportunities and strong mentorship. I also appreciated the longitudinal tracks, rotation schedules and extensive elective time.
Kimberly Oelhafen, MD, MPH
Medical School: St. George's University
Medical Interests: Addiction medicine, community health, women's health and health policy and advocacy.
Personal Interests: Hanging with furry friends, eating and cooking, and any number of adventures outdoors.
Why North Memorial: Focusing on social justice, women's health, minority health, and addiction medicine, North Memorial's training program is truly committed to the Minneapolis community in profound, intentional ways. As a Metro-Minnesotan native, there is truly not another place I would rather serve.
Kaleigh Timmins, MD
Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School
Medical Interests: Public health and policy, community engagement, preventive medicine, mental health, addiction medicine, homeless health, medical education and health literacy
Personal Interests: being outdoors, hiking, reading, podcasts, trying new restaurants, eating ice cream, playing board games, traveling, spending time with family, supporting Boston sports teams
Why North Memorial: Strong focus on community engagement and public health. True full-spectrum family medicine with most faculty members having a practice that includes inpatient medicine, outpatient medicine, and obstetrics. Faculty have diverse areas of interest and residents are supportive of each other. Great combination of an academic setting within a community hospital.
Third Year: Class of 2021
Melissa Belec, DO, MPH
Medical School: Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical Interests: community health, women's health, diabetes and chronic disease management, mental health, preventative health, social justice in medicine, public health, health policy and advocacy, global health
Personal Interests: rock climbing, kayaking, community gardens, backpacking, reading, traveling
Why North Memorial: Exceptional involvement to the community, supportive faculty and residents who are great teachers and great people, commitment to understanding and addressing social determinants of health at every level (including policy), university associated research opportunities and connections, well-rounded training
Toni Dick, MD
Medical School: University of Minnesota
Medical interests: Underserved medicine - both urban and rural, sexual health and wellbeing, HIV medicine, prison medicine, addiction medicine, dermatology and procedures, sleep medicine
Personal interests: Spending time with my husband, cooking new recipes using ingredients from around the world, backpacking with goal to visit all the national parks, vegetable and herb gardening, various crafts including sewing, crocheting, and scrapbooking.
Why North Memorial: Truly passionate faculty and staff committed to caring for their underserved community, well rounded training program with diverse learning opportunities, elective longitudinal tracks, and full spectrum inpatient service, and the chance to learn so much and grow with the diverse patient population in North Minneapolis.
Evan Eide, MD
Medical School: University of Minnesota
Medical Interests: Preventive and social medicine, community health and engagement, sports medicine, mental health, addiction, health policy & advocacy, and broad-spectrum family medicine.
Personal Interests: Reading, basketball, travel, hiking, trying out area breweries and coffee shops, games of all kinds (card, board, video, outdoor, etc.), TV/movies, skiing, attempting to grow bonsai trees, and general tomfoolery.
Why North Memorial: The well-balanced expertise of faculty positions residents to be successful in all areas and to dive deeper into areas of their choosing. In addition to the comprehensive nature of training, the faculty and residents are deeply committed to making a positive impact in their patients, communities, and beyond. The program emphasizes community engagement and understanding the broader context that shapes patients' health. There is plenty of collaboration across disciplines, and the working environment is both genial and collegial.
Molly Gruber, DO
Medical School: Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical Interests: Sports medicine, preventative health and wellness, community health, mental health, addiction medicine, osteopathic manual medicine, integrative medicine
Personal Interests: Watching and playing sports, remaining cautiously optimistic about Minnesota sports teams, hiking, reading, fitness, meeting new dogs and hanging out with dogs I’ve already met, watching documentaries, travel, exploring
Why North Memorial: I chose North because of the opportunities in sports medicine and osteopathic medicine, the abundant elective time, and the culture of the program. Faculty and support staff are willing to teach and challenge you to grow as a physician while supporting you along the way. There is a genuine sense of community in this program and the care they have for the greater community of North Minneapolis is ultimately what helped me know this was a program I wanted to be a part of.
Rose Marie Leslie, MD
Medical School: University of Minnesota
Medical Interests: Underserved medicine, health education, adolescent health, women’s health, reproductive health, procedures, community engagement, local activism and policy.
Personal Interests: Live/local music, weightlifting, gardening, travel, cooking, trying restaurants around town, hiking with my significant other and dog
Why North Memorial: The opportunity to work at a program with a strong commitment to community engagement, social justice, and care for underserved patient populations. Rigorous, unopposed, full spectrum training. Staff/faculty that deeply care about resident development and growth, both personally and professionally
Michaela McCuddy, MD
Medical School: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Medical Interests: Maternal and child health, comprehensive women's health, community development, international medicine and collaboration, Spanish speaking and immigrant health, rural medicine, complementary and alternative medicine.
Personal Interests: All forms of cycling (commuting, touring, mountain biking), kayaking, swimming, surfing, traveling, gardening, cooking, carpentry
Why North Memorial: The opportunity to work with faculty, staff and residents that have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the community that they serve. Strong clinical training, both inpatient and outpatient, with excellent learning opportunities in obstetrics and women's health. The breadth of training to prepare me for both urban and rural settings and an incredible amount of elective time to tailor my training to my specific interests.
James Smith, MD, MPH
Medical School: University of Illinois Chicago in Peoria
Medical Interests: Adolescent medicine, sports medicine, immigrant health, health advocacy and policy, public health, childhood obesity
Personal Interests: Movies/TV, board games, volleyball, walking my dog and listening to audiobooks, exploring restaurants/breweries
Why north: Good inpatient training including level 1 trauma center. Intentional work in the community. Faculty that are involved in variety of organizations. Elective time that will allow me to explore areas of interest.
Paul Stadem, MD
Medical School: Mayo Clinic School of Medicine
Medical Interests: Full spectrum family medicine, mental health, geriatrics, underserved medicine, public health, health policy, among others!
Personal Interests: Hiking, camping, dodgeball, golfing, dogs, ice cream
Why North Memorial: I found this program to be strong in purposeful community engagement, academic medicine, and health policy/advocacy. The faculty have diverse interests and are engaged in local, state, and national organizations to continue to advocate for family medicine and primary care. This is a place that will both support and challenge me, and I will have some fun along the way.