Top Doctors for Women 2006

Your guide to the Twin Cities best MDs for female patients—as chosen by their fellow physicians.

The List

ONE HUNDRED AND ELEVEN DOCTORS made Minnesota Monthly’s first-ever Top Doctors for Women list. Here’s how they were chosen.

In November 2005 Minnesota Monthly sent surveys to more than 5,500 doctors in the seven-county Twin Cities region, asking them to recommend the best doctors for women in more than 20 medical specialties. The mailing list for the survey was obtained from the nonprofit Minnesota Medical Association, which regularly updates a database of its members and potential members with information about Minnesota doctors provided by the American Medical Association, the state of Minnesota, and other sources.

Recipients were asked to nominate up to three physicians in each specialty, based on the same criteria they would use to make recommendations to a female family member, friend, or loved one. The instructions on the survey noted that Minnesota Monthly was not specifically seeking referrals for female doctors; rather, the editors were looking for the names of doctors (male or female) who are attuned to the specific needs of female patients.

The list of specialties is not comprehensive. Instead, the survey sought to highlight specialties that are often of interest to women.

To be included among Minnesota Monthly’s Top Doctors for Women, a physician had to receive enough votes from his or her peers to rank in the top 10 percent of all the physicians nominated. (The most nominations went to menopause specialist June LaValleur—with 35 votes.) It should be noted, however, that more than 1,400 doctors were named as “tops” by their peers—an indication that the Twin Cities is brimming with medical practitioners capable of offering exceptional and noteworthy care for women.

 

AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE / RHEUMATOLOGY

Carolyn A. Bowles
Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center
Southdale Medical Center
6545 France Ave. S., #352
Edina, MN 55435
952-929-4433
Jody K. Hargrove
Arthritis and Rheumatology Consultants
7250 France Ave. S., Suite 215
Edina, MN 55435
952-893-1959
No new patients.
 
Walter H. Dorman
Arthritis and Rheumatology Consultants
7250 France Ave. S., Suite 215
Edina, MN 55435
952-893-1959

Elie Gertner
HealthPartners Specialty Center
401 Phalen Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55101
651-254-7800
No new patients.

Barbara M. Segal
University of Minnesota
Medical Center
516 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-625-8690

Ellen R. Shammash
HealthPartners Specialty Center
401 Phalen Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55101
651-254-7800
No new patients.

 

BREAST RADIOLOGY

Ellen L. Abeln
Suburban Radiologic Consultants
4801 W. 81st St., #108
Bloomington, MN 55437
952-837-9700

Richard A. Carlson
Suburban Radiologic Consultants
4801 W. 81st St., #108
Bloomington, MN 55437
952-837-9700

Deborah L. Day
CRL Imaging–Southdale
6525 France Ave. S., #110
Edina, MN 55435
952-915-4320

Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Piper Breast Center
800 E. 28th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
612-863-3150
New patients by referral only.

Mary C. Lechner
Park Nicollet Clinic–St. Louis Park
Jane Brattain Breast Center
3850 Park Nicollet Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
952-993-3700

Joseph H. Tashjian
St. Paul Radiology
166 Fourth St. E.
St. Paul, MN 55101
651-292-2000


 

CARDIOLOGY

Margaret M. Beahrs
St. Paul Heart Clinic
255 Smith Ave. N., #100
St. Paul, MN 55102
651-292-0616

Elizabeth A. Bisinov
Minnesota Heart Clinic
6405 France Ave. S., Suites W200 & W300
Edina, MN 55435
952-924-9005

Candace D. Dick
Minnesota Heart Clinic
6405 France Ave. S., Suites W200 & W300
Edina, MN 55435
952-924-9005
 
Elizabeth Z. Grey
Minneapolis Cardiology Associates
Minneapolis Heart Institute
920 E. 28th St., #300
Minneapolis, MN 55407
612-863-3900

Priscilla A. Hedberg
St. Paul Heart Clinic
1600 St. John’s Blvd., Suite 200
Maplewood, MN 55109
651-779-9449

Maureen A. Kane
St. Paul Heart Clinic
1600 St. John’s Blvd., Suite 200
Maplewood, MN 55109
651-779-9449

Pamela R. Paulsen
Cardiovascular Consultants
3300 Oakdale Ave. N., #200
Minneapolis, MN 55422
763-520-2000

North Memorial Women’s Heart Clinic
WestHealth Medical Building
2855 Campus Dr., Suite 550
Plymouth, MN 55441
763-520-4949

Soma Sen
University of Minnesota Physicians
516 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-625-3600

Anne L. Taylor
University of Minnesota Physicians
516 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-625-3600

Cynthia A. Toher
Park Nicollet Heart and
Vascular Center
6500 Excelsior Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
952-993-3246
Specializing in pulmonary hypertension. Limited access for general cardiology patients.

Margo F. Tolins-Mejia
Metropolitan Cardiology
Consultants
Mercy Heart Center
4040 Coon Rapids Blvd., #120
Minneapolis, MN 55433
763-427-9980

Valerie K. Ulstad
Hennepin Heart Center
701 Park Ave., Suite Orange 5
Minneapolis, MN 55415
612-873-2875
No new patients.

 

 

 


DERMATOLOGY

M. Elizabeth Briden
Advanced Dermatology &
Cosmetic Institute
6525 Barrie Rd.
Edina, MN 55435
952-915-6000

Charles E. Crutchfield III
Crutchfield Dermatology
1185 Town Centre Dr., #101
Eagan, MN 55123
651-209-3600

Carol A. Soutor
HealthPartners Specialty Center
401 Phalen Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55101
651-254-7400

Maureen P. Utz
Metropolitan Dermatology &
Cutaneous Surgery
1120 Wayzata Blvd. E., #100
Wayzata, MN 55391
952-476-6733
New patients by referral only.

Cynthia L. Vehe
HealthPartners–Riverside Clinic
2220 Riverside Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
952-967-7175

 

 


ENDOCRINOLOGY

Victor A. Corbett
Daly, Corbett, Ogden, Abid,
Thomas, Saeed & Carlson
310 Smith Ave. N., #400
St. Paul, MN 55102
651-241-7676
New patients by referral only.

Lisa H. Fish
Park Nicollet Clinic–St. Louis Park
3800 Park Nicollet Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
952-993-3123
New patients by referral only.

J. Michael González-Campoy
Minnesota Center for Obesity,
Metabolism, and Endocrinology
880 Blue Gentian Road, #150
Eagan, MN 55122
651-379-1600

Harold H. Katz
Allina Medical Clinic–Internal
Medicine Specialties
Doctor’s Professional Building
280 Smith Ave. N., #144
St. Paul, MN 55102
651-241-5502

Thomas W. Laedtke
Endocrinology Clinic of Minneapolis
6363 France Ave. S., #600
Edina, MN 55435
952-927-7810

Wayne F. Leebaw
Endocrinology Clinic of Minneapolis
6363 France Ave. S., #600
Edina, MN 55435
952-927-7810
New patients by referral only.

John H. MacIndoe
HealthPartners–Riverside Clinic
2220 Riverside Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612-371-1600

Rebecca S. Mattison
Endocrinology Clinic of Minneapolis
6363 France Ave. S., #600
Edina, MN 55435
952-927-7810

Elizabeth R. Seaquist
University of Minnesota Physicians
516 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-625-8690
No new patients.

Mark P. Stesin
3366 Oakdale Ave. N., #408
Robbinsdale, MN 55422
763-520-5876

 

 


GASTROENTEROLOGY

Lucinda J. Conroy
Minnesota Gastroenterology
East Metro Clinic
1973 Sloan Pl., #100
Maplewood, MN 55117
651-772-5700

Caryn Fine
Minnesota Gastroenterology
West Metro Clinic
15700 37th Ave. N., #300
Plymouth, MN 55446
612-871-1145

Denise A. Hunninghake
Minnesota Gastroenterology
East Metro Clinic
1973 Sloan Pl., #100
Maplewood, MN 55117
651-772-5700
New patients by referral only.

Ann M. Kools
Park Nicollet Clinic–St. Louis Park
3800 Park Nicollet Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
952-993-3240
New patients by referral only.

Amy S. Mulvahill
Minnesota Gastroenterology
East Metro Clinic
1973 Sloan Pl., #100
Maplewood, MN 55117
651-772-5700

Cynthia A. Sherman
Minnesota Gastroenterology
South Metro Endoscopy Center
7600 Parklawn Ave., #108
Edina, MN 55435
612-871-1145
New patients by referral only.

Joseph M. Tombers
Minnesota Gastroenterology
South Metro Endoscopy Center
7600 Parklawn Ave., #108
Edina, MN 55435
612-871-1145
New patients by referral only.

Dorothy I. Whitmer
Minnesota Gastroenterology
South Metro Endoscopy Center
7600 Parklawn Ave., #108
Edina, MN 55435
612-871-1145
New patients by referral only.


 

GENERAL OB-GYN

Donna L. Block
Clinic Sofia OBGYN
6545 France Ave. S., Suite 490
Edina, MN 55435
952-922-7600

Gordon M. Ditmanson
Allina Medical Clinic–Parkview
OB-GYN St. Paul
347 Smith Ave. N., #203
St. Paul, MN 55102
651-241-7733
No new patients.

Susan J. Ditmanson
Allina Medical Clinic–Parkview
OB-GYN St. Paul
347 Smith Ave. N., #203
St. Paul, MN 55102
651-241-7733
No new patients.

Elizabeth A. Kilburg
Women’s Health Consultants
Foshay Tower
821 Marquette Ave., #300
Minneapolis, MN 55402
612-333-4822

Joan E. Kreider
HealthPartners Health Center for Women
2635 University Ave. W., Suite 160
St. Paul, MN 55114
651-254-3500

Diane E. B. Petersen
Women’s Health Consultants
Foshay Tower
821 Marquette Ave., #300
Minneapolis, MN 55402
612-333-4822

Janette H. Strathy
Park Nicollet Clinic–St. Louis Park
3800 Park Nicollet Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
952-993-3282
New patients by referral only.

Penny A. Wheeler
Women’s Health Consultants
Foshay Tower
821 Marquette Ave., #300
Minneapolis, MN 55402
612-333-4822

Ingrid E. Wilbrand-Conley
Partners OB/GYN
Birch Run Station
1737 Beam Ave.
Maplewood, MN 55109
651-747-3235

 

 

 


GERIATRICS

Jennifer M. Olson
Park Nicollet Clinic–St. Louis Park
3850 Park Nicollet Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
952-993-3400
No new patients.

Thomas L. Von Sternberg
HealthPartners–Riverside Clinic
2220 Riverside Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612-371-1600
No new patients.
 

INFERTILITY / REPRODUCTIVE ENDOCRINOLOGY

Bruce F. Campbell
Center for Reproductive
Medicine–Minneapolis
2800 Chicago Ave. S., #300
Minneapolis, MN 55407
612-863-5390

Lisa D. Erickson
Center for Reproductive
Medicine–Minneapolis
2800 Chicago Ave. S., #300
Minneapolis, MN 55407
612-863-5390

Paul H. Kuneck
Center for Reproductive
Medicine–Minneapolis
2800 Chicago Ave. S., #300
Minneapolis, MN 55407
612-863-5390

John W. Malo
Center for Reproductive
Medicine–St. Paul
991 Sibley Memorial Hwy., #100
Lilydale, MN 55118
651-379-3110

Theodore C. Nagel
University of Minnesota Physicians
606 24th Ave. S., #500
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612-627-4564

 

 

 

 


INTERNAL MEDICINE

Kimberly A. Anderson
Adult Medicine
393 Dunlap St. N., #235
St. Paul, MN 55104
651-644-7775
No new patients.

Barbara L. Butcher
HealthPartners Como Clinic
2500 Como Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-641-6200
No new patients.

Heather E. Gantzer
Park Nicollet Clinic–St. Louis Park
3800 Park Nicollet Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
952-993-3123
No new patients.
 

Sophia H. Kim
St. Paul Internists
17 Exchange St. W., Suite 602
St. Paul, MN 55102
651-702-6887

St. Paul Internists
8650 Hudson Blvd.
Lake Elmo, MN 55042
651-702-6887

Mary A. Miley
Park Nicollet Clinic–Plymouth
3007 Harbor Ln. N.
Plymouth, MN 55447
952-993-8900

Donna M. Rodel
Abbott Northwestern General
Medicine Associates–Southwest
8100 W. 78th St., #100
Edina, MN 55439
952-914-8100
No new patients.

 

 

 

 

 


MATERNAL / FETAL MEDICINE

Emanuel P. Gaziano
Minnesota Perinatal Physicians
Abbott Northwestern Hospital
800 E. 28th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
612-863-5030

Judith A. Ney
Minnesota Perinatal Physicians
Abbott Northwestern Hospital
800 E. 28th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
612-863-5030

Leslie Pratt
Park Nicollet Clinic–Meadowbrook
6490 Excelsior Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
952-993-5565
No new patients.

Preston P. Williams
University Specialists in
Women’s Health
606 24th Ave. S., #300
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612-273-7111


MENOPAUSE SPECIALISTS

June LaValleur
University Specialists in
Women’s Health
606 24th Ave. S., #300
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612-273-7111

 

NEUROLOGY

Janiece M. Aldinger
Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology
Fairview Southdale Physicians Building
6363 France Ave. S., # 200
Edina, MN 55435
952-920-7200

Outreach Neurology
Douglas County Hospital
111 17th Ave. E.
Alexandria, MN 56308
320-762-6030
New patients by referral only.

Sandra K. Hanson
Park Nicollet Clinic–Meadowbrook
6490 Excelsior Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
952-993-3200

Charles H. Horowitz
Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology
4225 Golden Valley Rd.
Golden Valley, MN 55422
763-588-0661
New patients by referral only.

Sara L. Langer

Noran Neurological Clinic
910 E. 26th St., #210
Minneapolis, MN 55404
612-879-1500

Zohreh Mahdavi
Neurological Associates of St. Paul
1650 Beam Ave., #200
Maplewood, MN 55109
651-221-9051

Joanne B. Rogin
Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology
4225 Golden Valley Rd.
Golden Valley, MN 55422
763-588-0661

Bruce D. Snyder
HealthPartners Riverside Clinic
2220 Riverside Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
952-967-7616

HealthPartners Speciality Clinic

401 Phalen Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55101
952-967-7616

 

 

 

 


 

ONCOLOGY: BREAST CANCER

Barbara J. Bowers
Fairview Southdale Medical
Oncology
6363 France Ave. S., #610
Edina, MN 55435
952-836-3645

Margit Lynn Bretzke
Surgical Specialists of Minnesota
2545 Chicago Ave. S., #500
Minneapolis, MN 55404
612-863-7770

Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Piper Breast Center
913 E. 26th St., #402
Minneapolis, MN 55407
612-863-3150

Daniel H. Dunn
Surgical Specialists of Minnesota
2545 Chicago Ave. S., #500
Minneapolis, MN 55404
612-863-7770

Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Piper Breast Center
913 E. 26th St., #402
Minneapolis, MN 55407
612-863-3150

Gretchen M. Ibele
HealthPartners–Riverside
2220 Riverside Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
952-967-7616

Margaret A. MacRae
Minnesota Oncology Hematology
800 E. 28th St., Suite 405
Minneapolis, MN 55407
612-863-8585

Bronagh P. Murphy
Minnesota Oncology Hematology
310 Smith Ave. N., #460
St. Paul, MN 55102
651-602-5200

Todd M. Tuttle
University of Minnesota
Medical Center
424 Harvard St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-273-5700

 

 

 


ONCOLOGY: GYNECOLOGICAL

Peter A. Argenta
Women’s Health Center
University of Minnesota
Medical Center
516 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-626-3444

Cheryl L. Bailey
Minnesota Oncology Hematology
800 E. 28th St., #405
Minneapolis, MN 55407
612-863-8585

Matthew P. Boente
Minnesota Oncology Hematology
Fairview Physicians Building
6363 France Ave., #300
Edina, MN 55435
952-928-2900

Linda F. Carson
Women’s Health Center
University of Minnesota
Medical Center
516 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-626-3444

Park Nicollet Clinic–Meadowbrook
6490 Excelsior Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
952-993-3282

Patricia L. Judson
Women’s Health Center
University of Minnesota
Medical Center
516 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-626-3444

John E. Savage
Minnesota Oncology Hematology
310 Smith Ave. N., #430
St. Paul, MN 55102
651-602-5200

 

 

 

 

 


ONCOLOGY: MEDICAL

Randy Hurley
Cancer Care Center
Regions Hospital
640 Jackson St.
St. Paul, MN 55101
651-254-3572

Bronagh P. Murphy
Minnesota Oncology Hematology
310 Smith Ave. N., #460
St. Paul, MN 55102
651-602-5200
 

ONCOLOGY: RADIATION

Carol M. Grabowski
Minnesota Radiation
Oncology Group
Abbott Northwestern Hospital
800 E. 28th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
612-863-4060
 

ORTHOPEDICS / SPORTS MEDICINE

Elizabeth A. Arendt
Orthopaedic Clinic
University of Minnesota
Medical Center
2512 S. Seventh St.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612-273-9400
 

PAIN MANAGEMENT

Todd M. Hess
United Pain Center
Doctors Professional Building
280 Smith Ave. N., #600
St. Paul, MN 55102
651-241-7246

 

 

PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY

Marie Christensen
Park Nicollet Clinic–St. Louis Park
3900 Park Nicollet Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
952-993-3504

Jennifer L. Harrington
Harrington Plastic Surgery
7373 France Ave. S., #510
Edina, MN 55435
651-290-7600

Mark R. Migliori
MMK Plastic Surgery
7450 France Ave. S., #220
Edina, MN 55435
952-925-1111

J. Bart Muldowney
MMK Plastic Surgery
7450 France Ave. S., #220
Edina, MN 55435
952-925-1111


PULMONOLOGY

Joan M. K. Fox
Minnesota Lung Center
City Center Professional Building
15700 37th Ave. N., #150
Plymouth, MN 55446
612-863-3750

Minnesota Lung Center
7450 France Ave. S., #210
Edina, MN 55435
612-863-3750

Linda M. Funk
Pulmonary & Critical Care Associates
1600 St. John’s Blvd.
Maplewood, MN 55109
651-779-9322

Kathy R. Gromer
Minnesota Lung Center
675 Nicollet Blvd. E., #130
Burnsville, MN 55337
612-863-3750

Charlene E. McEvoy
HealthPartners Specialty Center
Lung & Sleep Health Clinic
401 Phalen Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55101
651-254-7670

Avi Nahum
HealthPartners Specialty Center
Lung & Sleep Health Clinic
401 Phalen Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55101
651-254-7670

Sue A. Ravenscraft
Park Nicollet Clinic–Meadowbrook
6490 Excelsior Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
952-993-3242

 

 

 

UROGYNECOLOGY

Jeffrey S. Warshaw
Multispecialty Center
825 S. Eighth St., #250
Minneapolis, MN 55415
612-347-6450

Center for Pelvic Floor Disorders
606 24th Ave. S., #515
Minneapolis, MN 55454
651-225-7800
 

UROLOGY

Jyothi B. Kesha
Metro Urology
Unity Professional Building
500 Osborne Rd., #240
Fridley, MN 55432
763-783-8582

Metro Urology
Parent Professional
Building
3738 Coon Rapids Blvd.
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
763-422-0505

Steven W. Siegel
Metro Urology
Ft. Road Medical Center
360 Sherman St., #400
St. Paul, MN 55102 651-999-6900

Metro Urology
High Pointe Medical Campus
8650 Hudson Blvd., #315
Lake Elmo, MN 55042
651-999-6938

MARY C. LECHNER, medical director, Jane Brattain Breast Center, Park Nicollet Clinic. Clinical interests: breast imaging and interventions. Why she’s a top doc: “Dr. Lechner has been a recognized local and national authority on breast imaging since the early 1990s,” says Eugene Elvecrog, MD, a radiologist at the Jane Brattain Breast Center. “She has consistently delivered the highest-quality service to our patients with breast disease and also interpreted countless screening mammograms with great skill.”
—ERIN PETERSON

JYOTHI B. KESHA, urologist, Metro Urology. Clinical interests: incontinence, pelvic pain, and voiding dysfunction. Why she’s a top doc: Kesha, who focuses on women’s issues in urology, has exceptional training, expertise, and skills, says Steve Siegel, MD, director for the Center of Continence Care at Metro Urology. “She’s a great diagnostician and is technically adept,” he says. Her people skills are equally good: “She doesn’t use jargon, and her personality makes people feel very comfortable around her.”
—ERIN PETERSON

BARBARA M. SEGAL, associate professor of medicine, University of Minnesota Physicians. Clinical interests: systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjögren’s syndrome, and scleroderma. Why she’s a top doc: “Dr. Segal has assembled an outstanding group of university physicians to treat difficult cases of scleroderma in a coordinated and comprehensive fashion,” says Daniel Mueller, MD, chief of rheumatic and autoimmune diseases at the University of Minnesota. “This is just the sort of approach that patients with complex multisystem diseases need in order to achieve the best health outcome.”
—JEANNE METTNER

AVI NAHUM
, chief of pulmonary and critical care, past chief of staff, Regions Hospital; associate professor of medicine, University of Minnesota. Clinical interests: mechanical ventilation, lung injury, pneumonia, and occupational lung disease. Why he’s a top doc: “Avi is a dynamic person, someone whom you immediately remember, a physician who is constantly trying to do as much as he can for his patients,” says Eric Korbach, MD, pulmonary critical care physician at Regions Hospital. “He has a broad level of knowledge, extending through all the fields of pulmonary critical care and sleep medicine.”
—JEANNE METTNER

 

 

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