Pain

Ratan Banik, MD, PhD
Department of Anesthesiology - Pain Management

rkbanik@umn.edu

What do you love most about teaching? I like the learning that goes on as I prepare and teach a very intelligent group of people. Teaching certainly expands my knowledge-base. I strongly believe what Roman Philosopher Seneca said, “While we teach, we learn.”
What do you love most about Minnesota? Well, there are so many things to love. A few of my favorites are great biking trails, lakes, fishing, Minnesota Twins, and fair or festival for just about every occasion.

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Miles Belgrade, MD
Minneapolis VA

What do you love most about teaching? Seeing trainees enthusiastic about learning and taking a broad view of pain.
What do you love most about Minnesota? I’ve learned to see beauty in the prairie. Great parks.

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Richard Belle Isle, MD
Fairview Pain Management Group

Annie Burton, MD
Fairview Pain Management Group

What do you love most about teaching? It keeps me learning new things every day.
What do you love most about Minnesota? Parks and bike paths everywhere! Hockey and skiing in the winter!

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Brian Erickson, MD
HealthEast Pain Center

What do you love most about teaching? Exposing to Fellows and Residents a Psychiatry perspective on Chronic Pain.
What do you love most about Minnesota? The fascinating people and nature found everywhere.

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Paul Heideman, PhD, LP
Minneapolis VA

What do you love most about teaching? Being able to learn with the students; helps to stay current with the literature. 
What do you love most about Minnesota? The change in seasons.

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Ranjit Kesha, MD
Minneapolis VA

kesh0003@umn.edu

Steve Knuff, DO
Minneapolis VA

What do you love most about teaching? Seeing the tremendous growth and increased autonomy that occurs throughout the fellowship year.
What do you love most about Minnesota? It’s a big city with numerous cultural amenities, with a ton of outdoor activities, and convenience.

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Franz Macedo, DO
Program Director, Site Director, Minneapolis VA

Kathryn Nixdorf, MD
Fairview Pain Management Group - Site Director

Casey Okamoto, DC
Minneapolis VA

What do you love most about teaching? Over the course of the year, we see tremendous growth as fellows become more adroit and confident – more thoughtful and thorough. This is immensely gratifying. I also love the exchange; one I believe must occur in order for learning to take place. The pupil sacrifices time and certainty for new eyes, for a new way of seeing and organizing the world. It is a joy and privilege to guide new clinicians as they hone their skills and develop eyes of their own.
What do you love most about Minnesota? The Midwest is home to me. Mild summers, punishing winters, and Minnesota nice… what’s not to love?

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Mark E. Paidin, DO
Minneapolis VA

What do you love most about teaching? Pain Medicine offers us a unique opportunity to evaluate and think about the human body and brain in a holistic way. The nervous system integrates our emotional regulation and pain experience in complicated and fascinating ways. As pain specialists, it is incumbent upon us to evaluate the mechanical aspects of the musculoskeletal system, the function of the nervous system, and the way all of this interacts with our emotional stability. I find my work mentally stimulating and morally rewarding. I enjoy teaching because I appreciate the ability to share my passion for all of this with the residents and fellows. When learners have a passion for the work, it’s fun to help them understand what at first seems foreign and confusing. It’s my honor to act as a guide while they find their way toward mastery of the technical, the academic, and the emotional aspects of what we do.
What do you love most about Minnesota? The people, the lakes and the beer.

Clarence Shannon IV, MD
Site Director, Department of Anesthesiology - Pain Management

cshannon@umn.edu

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Jon Snitzer, MD
Fairview Pain Management Group

Bronwyn Southwell, MD
Department of Anesthesiology - Pain Management

south095@umn.edu

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Pain Fellows

Rachael Brashears, DO
Pain Fellow

Hometown: Columbia, MO
Undergrad: Columbia College, MO
Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Professional Interests: Opening a comprehensive Pain Management institute
Why you chose Minnesota: An excellent educational program, fun city, lots of outdoor activities.
What you love most about Minnesota: Not as humid as Columbia lol!! Seriously though, I love all the activities, lakes, and variety of dining options!

Deborah Hudleston, MD
Pain Fellow

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Undergrad/Medical School: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Professional Interests: Pain medicine and medical education
Why you chose Minnesota: Excellent teaching and learning environment, emphasis placed on fellow education, great working environment, faculty role models, and living here.
What you love most about Minnesota: The opportunities to get outside.

Jamal Khan, DO
Pain Fellow

Hometown: Valley Stream, NY
Undergrad: Stony Brook University
Medical School: NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: PM&R at Stony Brook University Medical Center
Professional Interests: Interventional Pain, Neuromodulation
Why you chose Minnesota: Exposure to a wide variety of pain treatment options, educational curriculum is unmatched and getting to continue to take care of the veteran population.
What you love most about Minnesota: There are so many different things you can do outdoors!

Vinayak Nadar, MD
Pain Fellow

Hometown: Louisville, KY
Undergrad: Washington University in St. Louis
Medical School: Manipal University/American University of Antigua
Professional Interests: Ultrasound-guided interventions, Pharmacology of pain
Why you chose Minnesota: I worked closely with the chronic pain physicians during my anesthesiology residency at the University of Minnesota. I found that the collegial environment, clinical experience and focus on fellow education fit my criteria for an ideal pain fellowship.
What you love most about Minnesota: The Spring, Summer, and Fall months. The state's efficiency at snow removal.

Pediatric

Supreet Deshpande, MD
Program Director

651-229-3819
sdeshpande@gillettechildrens.com

Pediatric Fellows

John Fox

fox00140@umn.edu

Kathleen Vonderhaar, MD

Spinal Cord Injury

Stephanie Boyle, MD
Minneapolis VAMC

sdboyle@umn.edu

Byron Eddy, DO
Minneapolis VAMC

Gary Goldish, MD
Minneapolis VAMC

goldi002@umn.edu

Katrina Thomas, MD
Minneapolis VAMC

Kareen Velez, MD
Minneapolis VAMC

James Spendley, DO
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

Angela M. Sinner, DO
Gillette Specialty Children's Healthcare

sinne019@umn.edu

Steven Jackson, MD
Regions Hospital

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Brain Injury

Michael Armstrong, MD
Minneapolis VAMC

arms0075@umn.edu

Thomas Bergman, MD
HennepinHealthcare

Thomas.Bergman@hcmed.org

Amy Chang, OD
HennepinHealthcare

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Nicholas Devenport, PhD, MA
Minneapolis VAMC

Mark Gormley, MD
Gillette Specialty Children's Healthcare

gorml008@umn.edu

Diane Mortimer, MD
Minneapolis VAMC

Min Jeong Park, MBBS
HennepinHealthcare

Sarah B. Rockswold, MD
HennepinHealthcare

rock0002@umn.edu

Angela M. Sinner, DO
Gillette Specialty Children's Healthcare

sinne019@umn.edu

Brionn K. Tonkin, MD
Minneapolis VAMC

tonki018@umn.edu

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