Current Residents

Radiology Residents group photo

 

TY, Class of 2026

Paul BlakePaul Blake, MD

Education: University of Minnesota Medical School; Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; 2021-2022, Internship

Hobbies: Going on walks and hikes with my wife and dogs, trying new restaurants, running, home improvement projects, cooking, traveling

Why did you choose U of M for residency? Having done medical school at here, I knew the University of Minnesota would provide top-notch training in a welcoming and comfortable environment.  Furthermore, Minneapolis is a great city with beautiful lakes, a great food scene, and plenty of year-round activities. Overall I knew it would be a great fit.

 

Nicholas dickNicholas Dick, MD

Education: University of Minnesota Medical School; Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; 2021-2022, Internship

Hobbies: Backpacking, Snowboarding, Disc Golf, Board Games, Travel, Cooking with my Wife, Financial Planning and Investments, National Parks, Hockey, Leadership Philosophy, Mentoring, Music (Guitar), Reading

Why did you choose U of M for residency? UMN is known for its extremely high boards pass rate, well-rounded exposure to all aspects of the field in a large metro area academic center setting, and for producing high-caliber radiologists who go on to great fellowships and/or careers.  Of course, these were top priorities for me when choosing a residency, but what drew me to the program over all others was how laid back, approachable, and friendly the residents and faculty are every time we interact.  It is important to me that my residency experience gives me freedom from intimidation and a collegial, team-focused atmosphere, and that is what I have come to expect from the program here at UMN.

 

nick dubayNick Dubay, MD

Education: Creighton University School of Medicine; Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; 2021-2022, Internship

Hobbies: Racquetball, chess, board games, 3D printing, home-improvement, biking, audiobooks/podcasts, and walks with my wife, daughter, and dog.

Why did you choose U of M for residency? I choose UMN because of its great Midwestern culture of warmth and collegiality, and all the residents seem to love the program. Additionally, with the diversity of training sites and patient populations, I know I will be well-prepared for any career I want to pursue. With the support of a large academic center, I look forward to pursuing the many unique opportunities for collaboration on business, research, and teaching. Not to mention, Minneapolis and St. Paul are hidden gems filled with culture, bike trails, and craft breweries!

 

corinne duncanCorinne Duncan, MD

Education: University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth; Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; 2021-2022, Internship

Hobbies: Spending time with family, hiking and spending time outdoors, board games, baking, traveling

Why did you choose U of M for residency? I chose the UMN for residency because of the wonderful people I have met here while rotating through the department as a medical student, as well as the great training program. I also love Minnesota and everything outdoors, so I was excited for the opportunity to stay here.

 

chris luedemannChris Luedemann, MD

Education: University of Minnesota Medical School; Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; 2021-2022, Internship

Hobbies: Spending time with my wife and children, playing with, building projects with, or teaching my children new things. Carpentry, construction projects, tinkering/ fixing cars.

Why did you choose U of M for residency? I wanted to go to the University of Minnesota because I belive the radiology program here is second to none. In addition to getting to train at a major refferal center, the radiology staff at the U of MN personally make great effort to provide personal teaching, high quality training, and guidance for all of their residents. I am thankful for the opportunity to train at the University of MN, and am so grateful that the staff here take such pride in training their residents. I was born and raised in Minnesota, and live in Minnesota with my wife and our four children. I am looking forward to completing my training with the U of MN's residency program and continue my training in Minnesota.

 

Eric nagarajanEric Nagarajan, MD

Education: University of Minnesota Medical School; Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; 2021-2022, Internship

Hobbies: Kayaking, karaoke, tennis, reality TV, brunch

Why did you choose U of M for residency? The faculty and residents at UMN are some of the most outstanding, friendly, supportive people you'll meet. UMN also has excellent variety in clinical sites and exposure with impressive outcomes for trainees. The built-in Transitional Year at Hennepin was also a huge plus with high-quality teaching, 2 blocks of Radiology during intern year(!), and a year to bond with your cohort even before the advanced residency starts. Finally, Minneapolis is my ideal city- amazing food, culture, unique neighborhoods, and events while still clean, green, and very quick to drive across the city.

 

aaron sipolaAaron Sipola, MD

Education: University of Minnesota Medical School; Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; 2021-2022, Internship

Hobbies: Traditional archery, rock climbing, canoeing/kayaking, board games, backpacking, guitar, and reading

Why did you choose U of M for residency? Minnesota is home. I grew up here. I intend to practice medicine here. Maybe it’s a hometown bias, but I genuinely think Minnesota is a special place. In Minneapolis, for example, everything is within biking distance. Interconnected bike trail systems and multiple community and regional parks ensure getting outside and enjoying the seasons is no difficult task. Plus, the food scene and craft breweries are fantastic! Academically, the University of Minnesota DR program is filled with faculty dedicated to building a collegial and supportive training environment. The integrated transitional year offers in-coming residents a year to bond prior to starting radiology specific training. Finally, education quality cannot be understated. The UMN Fairview is a world-class referral center that presents residents with diverse pathology. I feel condient that the UMN will prepare me for my future radiology career.

 

kent van noteKent Van Note, MD

Education: University of Minnesota Medical School; Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; 2021-2022, Internship

Hobbies: Backpacking, Bikepacking, Bike repair and maintenance, bike touring, bread baking, camping, cross-country skiing, coffee, drawing, pottery repair, running, woodworking

Why did you choose U of M for residency? I am originally from Minnesota. In my twenties, I had the opportunity to experience both east- and west-coast lifestyles. I came back to Minnesota because I love having access to thousands of lakes, the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, and 4 distinct seasons for outdoor activites.  I love that the same trail I run on in the summer, I can cross-country ski on in the winter. I believe that the unique topography and climate of Minnesota contribute to the community-orientation and social consciousness of the people who live here. I'm thankful that UMN has such an outstanding radiology program.

RL1, Class of 2025

Alexander AslesenAlexander Asleen

Education: A.T Still University - Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hobbies: Fishing, hockey, exploring/camping with my significant other

Why did you choose U of M for residency? Excellent staff and teaching opportunities. Minneapolis is home and my family/friends are in the area.

 

Crespo-SantiagoCassiano Crespo-Santiago

Education: Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre (UFCSPA), School of Medicine, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil; Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN, 2020-ongoing, Internship

Hobbies: My hobbies include but are not limited to: electric guitar and bass, music concerts, movies, working out, tabletop roleplaying games, computer games, socializing, traveling, craft beers.

Why did you choose U of M for residency? Being a great institution and a top-notch residency program aren't exclusivities of the U of M radiology program, but I could not find a better group of peers, staff, and faculty to be around. I have tons of respect and admiration for the people here and I'm very grateful to be part of the team.

 

Christopher Knoedler Radiology Resident University of Minnesota Medical SchoolChristopher Knoedler

Education: Tulane University School of Medicine; Intern year- Walter Reed National Military Medical Center - General Surgery 16-17, Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group 17-20, Marine Corps Security Force Regiment 20-21

Hobbies: Bag Piping, Alpine Skiing, Fishing and Hunting

Why did you choose U of M for residency? I grew up in the twin cities and wanted to move back. I was drawn to the University of Minnesota for a Residency with great mentors and a program with a high case volume and a diverse patient population. 

 

McGonagillPatrick McGonagill

Education: A.T. Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hobbies: Spending time with friends and family, traveling, snowboarding, golf, boating, watching sports, trying new restaurants

Why did you choose U of M for residency?  The U of M was an easy choice for me. First and foremost, the staff are friendly and incredibly welcoming, which was important to me when evaluating residency programs. It is clear that the atmosphere here at the U of M is one that is collaborative and strives to support the current residents during their time in this program. Additionally, this program offers diverse training sites with a mixture of academic and community medicine with high volume, unique pathology, and diverse patient populations. 

 

ParisisNikolas Parisis

Education: Undergrad: University of California, Santa Cruz; Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Bradenton, Florida
 
Hobbies: Posting residency and COVID updates on Instagram (follow me @DrParisis!), playing traditional Greek folk music, biking, snowboarding, hiking, traveling
 
Why did you choose U of M for residency?: Several reasons - the U is a large, academic institution with a resident-run radiology program that has diverse pathology, high volume, and several fellowship opportunities. Plus, we receive a well-rounded and comprehensive education by rotating through multiple practice settings. The Twin Cities also offer lots of culture, have a healthy food and coffee scene, and provide plenty of nature and outdoor activities to explore in our time away from work. Pretty much everything I could ask for!

 

 

SeifertDanica Seifert

Education: Undergrad Concordia College Moorhead MN; Medical school: Creighton University 

Hobbies: Hiking, biking, cooking, reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling 

Why did you choose U of M for residency?  I am a Minnesota native and knew I wanted to continue my medical training close to home. I also wanted to be part of a program with good camaraderie, diversity in training sites, and located in a fun city to continue to explore. 

 

ShenNolan Shen

Education: Undergrad: UMN-TC, Biochemistry BS;  Medical School: Des Moines University, DO

Hobbies: Guitar, Lifting, miscellaneous nerd things.

Why did you choose U of M for residency?  Minneapolis is great and I loved the University atmosphere during the time I was there for undergrad. I had done a few medical student rotations at some of the UMN sites including Fairview and HCMC, and appreciated the collegiality throughout the specialities. I liked the large volume of trauma at HCMC and the complexity of cases at the University including its transplant and oncological imaging. The UMN has specialists in all fields including physics and computer science allowing you ample variability for research if wanted. The Minnesotan radiology job market is also populated with strong physician-led private practice groups as well.

 

SuttonSamuel Sutton

Education: Undergrad: University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN), Neuroscience Major & Exercise Science Minor, B.S.;  Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine (Grenada, West Indies), M.D.

Hobbies: hockey, soccer, golf, scuba diving, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, boating, hiking, anything outdoors, service work, time with family and friends

Why did you choose U of M for residency? I was fortunate enough to rotate through the rads program a couple of times and the people within the department from residents to staff were all so welcoming, enjoyed teaching, and it seemed to be a great work & learning atmosphere. The diversity of cases & training sites also made me confident it would help me become the best physician I could be. Minnesota is home for me and being by family made it even sweeter!

 

WebsAustin Webs

Education: Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University- DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, DO MBA.  Undergraduate: Kansas State University, Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences

Hobbies: Personal finance, running, hiking, collegiate and professional athletics, traveling.

Why did you choose U of M for residency?  In addition to the exceptional training and diverse pathology of a large academic medical center, the people are extremely supportive and welcoming. It immediately felt like a program I would feel comfortable training at while preparing me for practice in any setting following graduation.

 

RL2, Class of 2024

fanuMorenike Fanu, MD
Education
University of California, Riverside School of Medicine
St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, AZ; 2019-2020, Internship

Hobbies
Sewing, arts and crafts, anything to do with with music except playing an instrument

Why did you choose the U of M for residency?
Leadership is very approachable and they truly care about the residents.

 

friedlanderSamuel Friedlander, DO
Education
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; 2019-2020, Internship

 

hesseHans Hesse, DO
Education
A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; 2019-2020, Internship

hofstedtDaniel Hofstedt, DO
Education
A.T. Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, OH; 2019-2020, Internship

huangYu-Hui Huang, MS, MD
Education
University of Illinois College of Medicine
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; 2019-2020, Internship

Hobbies
I love to make things whether it be doodling, origami, 3D printing, and more! I also enjoy exploring, traveling, trying new things, food, and spending time with friends, family & pets!

Why did you choose the U of M for residency?
First and foremost, the people are genuine, supportive, and welcoming with great camaraderie among the residents, faculty and staff. The opportunity to train at a large tertiary academic medical center, a level 1 trauma center with a focus on the underserved at HCMC, and a large Minneapolis VA hospital, each with different practice settings and diverse patient populations.

mccahreyCharles McCahery, MD
Education
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; 2019-2020, Internship

 

pluhmRussell Pluhm, DO
Education
A.T. Still University of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; 2019-2020, Internship

Hobbies
Spending time with my fiancé and friends, sports, movies, biking, boating/fishing, finding new breweries.

Why did you choose the U of M for residency?
The U of M was an easy choice for me. Growing up in the Twin Cities, I knew how much Minnesota had to offer in terms of entertainment and natural beauty. I also immediately appreciated the collaborative feel of the program, it is a welcoming group that truly values and supports residents. The U offers university, VA, and community hospital settings, each with ample volume and diverse pathology. Returning home to be closer to friends and family was important to me as well.

swensonAlexis Swenson, MD
Education
University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; 2019-2020, Internship

wunderNathan Wunder, MD
Education
Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; 2019-2020, Internship

Hobbies
Weight lifting, board games, and touring breweries

Why did you choose the U of M for residency?
The culture of independence in learning, hands on teaching , high study volumes, and excellent opportunities in IR.

RL3, Class of 2023

ehlersKevin Ehlers

Education: 

Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; 2018-2019, Internship


fengAlex Feng

Education:

University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; 2017-2018, Internship

gerberdingShannon Gerberding

Education: 

Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; 2018-2019, Internship

 

kitzmanKyle Kitzman

Education
St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada
University of Minnesota Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; 2018-2019, Surgery-General

Hobbies
Boating, biking, traveling, trying new restaurants/bars

Why did you choose the U of M for residency?
The University of Minnesota has an excellent radiology program that offers diverse training sites with exposure to a wide variety of pathology and high case volumes.

 

kleeKevin Klee

Education
Creighton University School of Medicine
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; 2018-2019, Internship

Hobbies
Cooking, playing sports, spending time with family and friends, checking out local breweries, board games.

Why did you choose the U of M for residency?
I was drawn to the U of M for residency because I knew that I would get high caliber training at a large academic center that sees a variety of patient populations and pathologies. Combined with the attractions of living in the twin cities, it was an easy decision to make.

 

andrew olsonAndrew Mason, MD

Education
Tufts University School of Medicine
Los Angeles County Harbor UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA; 2019-2020, Diagnostic Radiology Residency

 

reasonNicholas Reason

Education
Medical College of Wisconsin
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; 2018-2019, Internship

reiterJesse Reiter

Education
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; 2018-2019, Internship

Hobbies
Hiking with my wife and children. Fishing, hunting, golf, hockey, football

Why did you choose the U of M for residency?
My wife and I grew up near the twin cities and were looking to come back home to raise our children. I also chose the University of Minnesota because following my interview I felt as though I was a good fit and would get exceptional training with excellent staff radiologists and an incredibly complex patient population. I was also excited by the ability to rotate at 3 sites (UMMC, HCMC, and the VA) allowing for easy networking opportunities and a wide variety of patient populations.

 

shenoyDivya Shenoy

Education
University of Mississippi School of Medicine
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; 2018-2019, Internship

stoltmanKarlyn Messer

Education
Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; 2018-2019, Internship

studerTyler Studer

Education
University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; 2018-2019, Internship

Hobbies
Hunting, fishing, watching/playing sports

Why did you choose the U of M for residency?
Multiple, diverse training sites. It was close to home.

 

RL4, Class of 2022

bachourOrnina Bachour

Education: 

University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; 2017-2018, Internship

Hobbies: I love traveling, swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking! In Minneapolis, I regularly enjoy the outdoors, trying new restaurants, sporting events, the Orpheum theater, and spending time with my family and friends.

Why did I choose the University of Minnesota for residency?
I chose the U because it felt like the perfect fit. I knew I’d receive excellent training in a friendly, collegial environment. The diverse training sites bring exposure to a large variety and high volume of pathology. The program leadership is supportive and truly values teaching. The residents are a tight-knit, collegial crew! And Minneapolis is a diverse, beautiful, and active city to live in. Choosing my alma mater was easy!

bensonMichael Benson

Education: 

Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI; 2017-2018, M.D. Residency, Internal Medicine

Hobbies: Basketball, golf, camping, hanging out with friends, going to the beach, movies, trying new restaurants

Why did I choose the University of Minnesota for residency?
After graduating from the University of Minnesota Duluth I spent a year living in the Twin Cities and loved it. Minneapolis has a great balance of big-city entertainment and camping/fishing spots just outside the cities. Being able to rotate through a community, university, and VA hospital setting all in one residency was also something that really attracted me to the U of M.

cleggJeff Clegg

Education:

University of Rochester School of Medicine
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; 2017-2018, Internship

Hobbies: movies, people watching

Why did I choose the University of Minnesota for residency?
The supportive environment and location

dolanRobert Dolan

Education: 

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; 2017-2018, Internship

Hobbies: Golfing, grilling, skiing, fishing, craft beers, bourbon, movies, hanging out with family

Why did I choose the University of Minnesota for residency?
I love the Twin Cities and Dr. Keuhn-Hajder was my favorite program director from my interview trail. After meeting the rest of the faculty, learning about the excellent the training opportunities and knowing everything Minnesota has to offer it was an easy decision.

 

geeMichael Gee

Education: 

University of Utah School of Medicine
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; 2017-2018, Internship

Hobbies: Road biking, hockey, skiing, reading, traveling

Why did I choose the University of Minnesota for residency?
The University of Minnesota offers excellent radiology training and research opportunities in a bikeable (year round), affordable and culturally rich city.

hafertepeMichael Hafertepe

Education:

Creighton University School of Medicine
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; 2017-2018, Internship

Hobbies: sports, golf, boating, going to the lake, playing my kids

Why did I choose the University of Minnesota for residency?
Ultimately there were two major reasons I chose U of M for residency. The first is the people. They have great teachers and see a broad spectrum of pathology. I was confident I would be a competent radiologist at completion of the program. Additionally, graduates from the U of M have routinely been offered great fellowships or very attractive positions in the job market. The second major reason is family. I have two kids and my wife and I wanted to be closer to family as they grew up.

larsonGrant Larson

Education: 

University of North Dakota School of Medicine
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; 2017-2018, Internship

Hobbies: Hockey, cycling, waterskiing, travel, food 

Why did I choose the University of Minnesota for residency?
The opportunity to get great training in a variety of practice settings. Also, my family and I love Minneapolis!

levyBen Levy

Education: 

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
University of California-Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA; 2013-2014, M.D. Residency, Surgery-General
United Sates Air Force, Dover, ED; 2016-Present, Medical Director, Emergency Response Function, 436 th Medical
Group

Hobbies: biking,yoga, investing, spending time with my family

Why did I choose the University of Minnesota for residency?
The University of Minnesota Program has 4 distinctly different rotations sites that offer a wide variety of pathology. Thus by the end of our residency, we will be extremely well prepared for any fellowship or practice environment. Equally as important, the Minneapolis/ St. Paul area offers an amazing place to live, to work, to play, to raise a family. I cannot think of a better place with as many things to offer both personally and professionally than the University of Minnesota and the Twin Cities.

spanoAnthony Spano

Education: 

University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; 2017-2018, Internship

Hobbies: Reading, exercise, gaming

Why did I choose the University of Minnesota for residency?
I chose the UMN for its case volume and of sites and corresponding patient population. I am also excited to work on a diversity of research projects while at the University.

sztukNicole Sztuk

Education: 

Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; 2017-2018, Internship

Hobbies: Cycling, traveling, finding new restaurants

Why did I choose the University of Minnesota for residency?
I had the opportunity to do an away rotation at the U while I was a medical student and knew immediately that I wanted to do my residency here. Everyone was welcoming and I felt right at home! I knew I wanted to complete my residency at a large academic center that would provide both volume and pathology to prepare me for fellowship/practice upon completion of residency.  As a resident you rotate at the university hospital, a large level 1 trauma center, a children’s hospital, and the VA, allowing for a well rounded, rigorous residency. The U was a perfect fit for what I was looking for. I am originally from Indiana, but my family happened to move to MN while I was in college, so coming to MN allowed me to be closer to family again! In my free time, I visit with my family, spend time with my fiancé, and hang out with friends (most of which are fellow residents). We love exploring the Twin Cities, finding new restaurants, cycling, walking through our favorite neighborhood (The North Loop), and traveling around the world (as much as our schedules will allow). I don’t think I ever imagined I would end up in Minnesota, but I’m so happy I did!