Class of 2018
Nate Ansbaugh, MD

Nate Ansbaugh, MD

PGY3 Chief Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Boulder, CO     Undergrad:  University of Oregon

Medical Interest:  Epidemiology, clinical and public health research, rural and wilderness medicine, sports medicine, EMS, and medical education.

Interests/Hobbies:  Triathlon, cooking, drums, guitar, mandolin (though poorly), backpacking, skiing, mountains, ocean, rivers, water features in general, exploring in general, good beer, good wine, good scotch, fixing things that are broken, and most importantly, anything with Julie (my wife who is also a peds resident at the U and my family.

Why HCMC?  I have spent most of my life either in the mountains in Colorado or on the rivers and near the ocean in Oregon. Yes, Minneapolis doesn’t have mountains and it doesn’t have ocean, but it has everything else and it simply felt right. Aside from being able to live in a truly beautiful area and affordable city with great food, great outdoors, and a ridiculous number of cycling trails and water features :), this was the clear choice for my training. I want to be not only a self-sufficient, hands-on, and confident EM physician that can practice anywhere, but I also want to learn from the best in the field at a place that paves the way emergency medicine is practiced. Additionally, given my interests in public health and epidemiology, I wanted to be at a true county/safety-net hospital that also provides a superb academic backbone and research that supports my interests in bridging the gap between clinical practice and public health. Lastly, I wanted to train at a place that would push me beyond my comfort zone on a daily basis and yet have a group of people around me who were supportive and compassionate to maximize my education and well-being. That is how I learn best, and Hennepin was simply the best place for me.

Stephane Blanchard, MD

Stephane Blanchard, MD

PGY3 Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Bismark, ND     Undergrad:   University of North Dakota

Medical Interest:  Ultrasound, critical care, EMS, hyperbaric medicine, access to care in rural areas.

Interests/Hobbies:  Tennis, running, kayaking, biking, eating/making good food, traveling and being with family.

Why HCMC?  HCMC’s faculty are one of a kind. Their history of innovation makes this a top tier program. Their ED ultrasound exposure is fantastic and plentiful. The patient population is a diverse and challenging population which will prepare me to be comfortable working in any environment. I love the autonomy we are given in the department as interns and the leadership skills we will develop as pit bosses during our third year.

Deborah Dossick, MD

Deborah Dossick, MD

PGY3 Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA     Undergrad:   U.C. San Diego

Medical Interest: Global Health, Medical Education, EM in Public Health

Interests/Hobbies: Hiking, cooking, watching stand-up comedy, and all kinds of travel 

Why HCMC?  Great staff that are very into teaching, phenomenal co-residents to work with, and the most comprehensive training you could ask for.

John Dunbar, MD

John Dunbar, MD

PGY3 Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Lake Elmo, MN     Undergrad:  Lawrence University

Medical Interest:  Wilderness medicine and ultrasound guided procedures.

Interests/Hobbies: Anything that brings me outside; running, biking, hiking, camping, sailing, and going up to cabin country.  I also have a passing interest in digital photography and find all of the above activities as an excuse to bring my camera. 

Why HCMC?  Phenomenal faculty, great residents and terrific support staff all in a wonderful downtown community hospital that is well resourced. Not to mention the twin cities are fantastic and where I grew up!

Gregg Jones, MD

Gregg Jones, MD

PGY3 Chief Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Star Valley, Wyoming     Undergrad: University of Utah

Medical Interest:  My medical interests include EVERYTHING! Medicine is an awesome thing to learn about. I am really interested in tactical EMS medicine and a new interest in ultrasound.

Interests/Hobbies:  Sports, lifting weights, heavy metal, drums, skin art, beards, fishing. My #1 interest is my amazing and beautiful wife and our two awesome kids!!!

Why HCMC?  This place is amazing! The faculty are amazing! The patients are amazing! My fellow residents are amazing! I want to learn everything about EM and I want to be able to see any patient on any given day…this place will prepare me for that!
The “Pit Boss” role as a 3rd year is also impressive, producing awesome department leaders! Plus, John Dunbar is here!!!
This place is amazing!

Avery Kechter, MD

Avery Kechter, MD

PGY3 Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Marysville, OH     Undergrad:   University of Illinois

Medical Interest: Staplers, Social media.

Interests/Hobbies: Ice cream making. Guitar playing. Movie watching.

Why HCMC?  I want to be a good physician, and HCMC is where I can make that happen.

Mariah Kirsch, MD

Mariah Kirsch, MD

PGY3 Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Tallahassee, FL     Undergrad:  Sewanee, University of the South

Medical Interest:  Toxicology, global health

Interests/Hobbies:  Scuba diving, traveling, hiking, eating good food and hanging out with wonderful people.

Why HCMC?  The strength of the emergency medicine program drew me to apply, but the friendly, incredibly accomplished staff and residents convinced me this is where I wanted to end up. Plus, one of the strongest ultrasound programs with no competition for running traumas, reducing fractures or managing airways is definitely a plus.

Elan Lindenbaum, MD

Elan Lindenbaum, MD

PGY3 Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Milwaukee, WI     Undergrad:  University of Wisconsin Madison

Medical Interest:  Ultrasound, medical education, becoming a great EM doc

Interests/Hobbies:  Cycling, cross country skiing, traveling, exploring all of the lakes, trails, breweries, and restaurants that Minneapolis has to offer!

Why HCMC?  HCMC has an amazing reputation for producing well trained EM physicians. The ER is busy with lots of pathology, and we are pushed to be autonomous. Many of the faculty are experts in the field, yet they are personally invested in our learning. Everyone here is intelligent, humble and motivated. The ultrasound training is unparalleled, with technicians on each shift to teach us. Minneapolis is a great place to live, and I love being able to bike almost anywhere I need to go.

Kari Lueth, DO

Kari Lueth, DO

PGY3 Chief Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Milwaukee, WI     Undergrad:   University of St. Thomas

Medical Interest:  Women’s health, public health, health care administration

Interests/Hobbies: Traveling, wine, fine-dining, coffee, running, yoga, spending time at my cabin and being outdoors, hanging out with family & friends.

Why HCMC?  I chose HCMC because I wanted the best training possible and a program where I would be challenged and pushed every day. Training at HCMC has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember, and I feel very lucky to get to train with some of the best and brightest residents and faculty in the field!

Patrick McCarthy, MD

Patrick McCarthy, MD

PGY3 Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Minneapolis, MN     Undergrad: Yale University

Medical Interest:  Global health, ultrasound, medical education

Interests/Hobbies:  Global travel, languages, triathlon, ice cream, green tea, and exploring the wonderful lakes and parks of the Twin Cities.

Why HCMC?  HCMC as an institution is dedicated to superior teaching, patient care, and service to its community. This was evident during my time as a student rotating here and that has become even more apparent now during residency. The third year residents and faculty are enviable in their knowledge and management of complex, critical patients. Between ultrasound, global health education and experiences, an awesome SIM center, and the STAB room, I knew I would get the training I needed no matter where my career takes me from an urban ER in Minnesota to a rural hospital in Guatemala. I am extremely excited to be a part of this program!

Liz Robinson, MD

Liz Robinson, MD

PGY3 Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Milwaukee, WI     Undergrad: Georgetown University

Medical Interest:  Sports medicine, EMS, ultrasound

Interests/Hobbies:  I just retired from 10 years of rugby. I also enjoy weight lifting, biking to local breweries, eating other people’s cooking.

Why HCMC?  I rotated as a 4th year medical student and fell in love with the Twin Cities and HCMC in particular. HCMC is an intense program with high acuity patients with attendings and senior residents that are well informed and willing to teach. I have great exposure to procedures, sick patients, non-English speakers, and bread and butter EM. While weekly conferences are longer than many other programs I looked at, they are well attended by staff and very educational.

Laura Secor, MD

Laura Secor, MD

PGY3 Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Stillwater, MN     Undergrad: Gustavus Adolphus College

Medical Interest:  Global health and health systems, EMS

Interests/Hobbies:  I enjoy cooking almost as much as eating, but am perversely unable to follow a recipe exactly. I like being outside and being active, especially trying something new. In the summer, I work on perfecting my ice cream-eating and marshmallow-roasting abilities. In the winter, it’s making hot cocoa and snowpeople.

Why HCMC?  I love Minneapolis. The fact that there’s a world-class EM program with resident autonomy, approachable faculty, and ultrasounds everywhere is just icing on the cake. Though, to be fair, I prefer icing over cake.

Brian Willenbring, MD

Brian Willenbring, MD

PGY3 Chief Emergency Medicine Resident

Hometown:  Oakdale, MN     Undergrad:   Carthage College

Medical Interest:  EMS, toxicology, disaster medicine and ultrasound.

Interests/Hobbies:  I enjoy spending as much time as I can in the outdoors. I enjoy going up to my parent’s cabin with my wife, camping, fishing, hunting and exploring the plethora of local microbreweries. I am also in the process of converting back to being a Twin’s fan since I have been cheering for the Brewers for the past 9 years.

Why HCMC?  I had a phenomenal time rotating at HCMC as a fourth year medical student and the Twin Cities are an awesome place to live! When I rotated here I was impressed by the level of autonomy residents had, the ownership of their patient’s procedures (especially in the STAB room), the caliber of ultrasound training, the approachability of the faculty, the ample opportunities for research projects and the camaraderie that clearly existed among the residents and faculty. It was a very easy decision for me when it came time to assemble my rank list.