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Leader in Medicine

Selection for the American Health Council’s “Leader in Medicine” award is reserved for those individuals who have exhibited exemplary conduct in their field. These doctors and medical educators serve as the guiding light for advancement from the classroom to the consultation room to the operating room. Leading by example, the difference begins with them.

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Minnesota's Best in Medicine
Dr. Mrozek provides years of extensive expertise in neonatology, communications, and building family report. Since she acquired the role four years ago, she has administered care to hundreds of patients, and has shared her education with countless families to ensure that patients receive the care they need.
To pursue his career choice, Mr. Carlson attended South Dakota University to attain his B.S. in Electronics, graduating in 1990. Following this, Mr. Carlson went on to gain his CQE (Certified Quality Engineer) and CQA (Certified Quality Auditor) - these provided him with the fundamental skills and knowledge to understand the responsibilities of being an engineer and auditor.
Dr. Lloyd has been a Physician at the Mayo Clinic for the past 15 years, giving 26 years of medical practice and capability in Hospital Medicine to the healthcare industry. The Mayo Clinic is one of the largest integrated, not-for-profit medical groups where doctors from every medical specialty are joined by common systems and live by the motto, “the needs of the patient come first.”
Grace Totoe, MBChB, with 13 years in the healthcare industry and 3 in her current role as a Nocturnist/Hospitalist/Acute Care Medicine Physician at North Clinic and North Memorial Medical Center, Grace Totoe is being recognized for her expertise in Internal Medicine and Hospital Medicine.
After a professor invited him to join a research project, Dr. Lindstrom’s interest in pursuing a career as an ophthalmologist heightened. After receiving a medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1972, he completed an internship at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital – Allina Health System.
Best in Medicine
Dr. Shaffer has undertaken the role of Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Assistant Professor for the last four months, at the University of Minnesota Department of Surgery. His expertise includes Adult Cardiac Surgery, Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery, Aortic Surgery, Mechanical Circulatory Support, Heart and Lung Transplantation and TAVR and TEVAR.
Dr. Lisa Kirkland works in the intensive care unit and conducts critical care medicine work. Since entering the healthcare field 33 years ago, Dr. Kirkland has garnered comprehensive skills and knowledge in critical care medicine to provide optimal care to her patients.
Best in Medicine
Gerald Morley, MD, with over 53 years of knowledge and expertise in Clinical Neurophysiology, Dr. Morley offers a variety of advanced contributions to patient care. He is currently a Neurologist at Electromyography Associates and has been in his role for 30 years.
Domenico Calcaterra, MD, PhD, FACS, FCCP, FACC
Domenico Calcaterra, MD, PhD, FACS, FCCP, FACC, has been the Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Hennepin Medical Center for the past three years and an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Minnesota. He is also a Founder and Board Director member for the Miami Scientific Italian Community (MSIC). He shares his extensive knowledge and expertise in Adult Cardiac Surgery, consisting of Off-Pump Coronary Artery Revascularization, Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (EMCO) and Blood Conservation; Aortic Root and Aortic Arch Surgery, Thoracoabdominal Aortic Replacement, and Endovascular Aortic Repair.

Heather Bergeson, MD, CAQ

Sports Medicine Physician/Assoc. Clinical Prof.
Univ. of MN. Physicians

Norman Booth, PA-C

Physician Assistant
Department of Justice

Domenico Calcaterra, MD, PhD

Allina Health

Jonathan Cooper, D.O.


Mary Dunn, MD

Healtheast Neurosurgery

Daniel Elieff, FAAD,FASMS, FACP


Alina Jeffers, MD

Ob/Gyn Physician
Fairview Women’s Center of Edina

Zaraq Khan, MBBS, MSCR

Assistant Professor
Mayo Clinic

Lisa Kirkland, MD

Mayo Clinic

Julie Lata, DO

ED physician & Residency Program Director
McLaren Macomb

Nelson Leung, MD

Mayo Clinic

Bruce Levy, MD

Mayo Clinic

Farrell Lloyd, MD, MPH

Mayo Clinic

Troy Long, MD

Chief of Interventional Radiology
Minneapolis Radiology Associates

Gregory Mesna, MD, FACS

Plastic Surgeon
Mesna Plastic Surgery

Gerald Morley, MD

Electromyography Associates

Mohamad Mouchli, MD

GI Fellow
Mayo Clinic

Jeanne Mrozek, MD

MN Neonatal Physicians

Andrew Nelson, MD, PhD

Assist. Prof.
Univ. of Minnesota

Jeffrey Rayl, DO

Emergency Physician

Vilmarie Rodriguez, MD

Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist
Mayo Clinic

Donald Soll, MD


Malcolm Parker, MD FACEP

Em Locums

Karie Soost, BS, PA-C

Physician’s Assistant
Mankato Clinic LTD

James Sturm, MN

Independent Contractor, Em
James Sturm, MD

Grace Totoe, MBChB

North Clinic

Deborah Vogl, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C

Physician Assistant
Regions Hospital

Julie Zimmerman, MD

Family Physician