Minnesota Governor's Newsletter December 2023

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Tseganesh Selameab, MD, FACP , ACP Governor

Tseganesh Selameab, MD, FACP , ACP Governor


A Message from the Governor,

Minnesota ACP friends,

December catches me by surprise every year. I flip to that last calendar page and realize I only have four more weeks left in 2023. What a year this has been!

The Minnesota ACP chapter and its members have continued to excel in clinical medicine, education, and advocacy. This was highlighted at our recent annual scientific meeting. There we learned about work done in helping doctors communicate difficult information, we engaged in a robust discussion around artificial intelligence, and heard about the state of health in Minnesota from Commissioner Brooke Cunningham. We were also honored to have Shari Erickson from the national ACP office highlight our collective advocacy for improvements in the lives of patients, the community, and us as physicians. One of the highlights for me was being able to honor the work of members in our community who exemplify ACP values in clinical medicine, advocacy and leadership, through the awards ceremony. You can read about our 2023 award recipients in this newsletter. Also, if you know an internal medicine physician who is deserving of this honor let us know by submitting your 2024 awards nomination now.

In addition to education and advocacy it was so joyful to get to meet so many of you in real life, to share stories, and experiences of what it's like to be an internal medicine doctor in these times. I left the meeting with a full heart and a mind buzzing with new ideas and connections that I hope will be able to manifest in 2024. For those of you that were able to attend, thank you for your participation! For those who missed it, we hope to see you next year.

This year has also been the launch of our Doctor+ podcast where Dr. David Hilden and I get to explore the other hobbies and passions of our fellow IM doctors! So far, we have heard about IM physicians who do beekeeping, hunt for mushrooms, and use their creativity to create crafts as well as graphic novels. If you haven't had a chance to listen, click here to hear the latest episode. If you have an idea for a guest or you yourself would like to be interviewed, please let us know that as well.

As we start preparing ourselves to transition into 2024, I'm hoping to leave you with this quote which reminds me to remain open, to seek adventures, and lessons in the new year.

And now we welcome the new year full of things that have never been” - Rainer Maria Wilke

With deep gratitude,

Tseganesh Selameab, MD, FAAP

Governor MN-ACP

MN-ACP Mission: To foster excellence, education and professionalism among all internists in our community and to work together to shape the future of healthcare in Minnesota.

MN-ACP Vision: To be Minnesota's recognized leader for patient care, advocacy and education and to enhance career choice, satisfaction and collaboration for specialists and subspecialists in Internal Medicine

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MN-ACP 2023 Award winners

The statewide MN-ACP Awards Committee selected the following internal medicine physicians to receive 2023 awards. See a complete description of each award winner later in this newsletter. You can view the awards presentations and acceptance remarks from the amazing award recipients.

  • Anne Pereira, MD, MPH, FACP of Hennepin Healthcare received the 2023 Minnesota Laureate Award
  • Anjali Bhagra, MBBS, FACP, of the Mayo Clinic, received the 2023 Fostering Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award
  • Elie Gertner, MD, FACP, of Regions Hospital, received the 2023 Distinguished Teacher/Mentor Award
  • Heather Thompson Buum, MD, FACP, of the University of Minnesota, received the 2023 Advancing Woman in Internal Medicine Award
  • Laalitha Surapaneni, MD, MPH, of the University of Minnesota, received the 2023 Early Career Physician Award
  • Robert “Cole” Pueringer, MD, of Essentia Health, received the 2023 Community Based Clinical and Teaching Award Robert “Cole” Pueringer, MD
  • Eric McFarling, MD, of Centracare Health System, received the 2023 Hospitalist Award
  • Lewis Roberts, MBChB, PhD, FACP of Mayo Clinic received the 2023 Community Volunteer Award for his work with Africa Partners Medical, that provides medical care to Africa. MNACP will make a donation of $1000 in his name to the Africa Partners Medical



Minnesota Internal Medicine:2023

Winners from the 2023 MN-ACP Abstract competition include the following with a Minnesota-ACP cash prize and travel scholarship winners:

  • Ioannis Kournoutas, MD (Resident vignette) of Mayo Clinic View Presentation Paraneoplastic Dermatomyositis
  • Abdulsabur Sanni, MD (Resident Research/Quality Improvement) of Hennepin Healthcare View Presentation Covid-19 mortality and outcomes in patients hospitalized with sickle cell disease in 2020
  • Katie McLaughlin, JD (Medical Student clinical vignette) of U of MN Medical School View Presentation Don't Stop Scopin’ for a Solution: Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)-Guided Ethanol Ablation of Insulinoma
  • Ivy Nguyen (Medical student Research/Quality Improvement) of Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine View Presentation The Role of Autophagy-related Gene 5 in Sensitizing Cancer Cells to Immune-Mediated Cell Death

Minnesota-ACP People's Choice Awards with cash prize:

  • Stefan Farrugia (Medical Student-CV) of Mayo Clinic View Presentation Fibrin Sheath Following Dialysis Catheter Removal and Infectious Risk
  • Max Guarda (Transitional Medical Graduate) of Mayo Clinic View Presentation Concordance of relapse symptoms with initial presentation among patients with giant cell arteritis
  • Laura Kek, MD (Resident) of Mayo Clinic View Presentation A Rare Case of Curative Colectomy for Takayasu Arteritis

The annual Scientific meeting was co-chaired by Mary Miley, MD, FACP, Andrew Olson, MD, FACP, and Chris Aakre, MD, FACP. The Scientific Session, abstract competition, and Doctors Dilemma were held at the Hilton Hotel-MOA/MSP on Friday, Oct. 27th with recorded sessions for both the general internal medicine and hospitalist sessions. For information on the presentations or to register to receive CME/MOC through Oct. 28, 2024 visit the MN-ACP meeting website.



MN-ACP Council Updates

Your Governor's Council met Oct. 26th with committees, IM Residency programs and Internal Medicine Interest Groups providing reports. The Council welcomed Dr. Ryan Jelinek, as chair of the Health Information technology Committee which is seeking members. Resolutions to ACP were discussed/voted. Please complete the Council/Committee volunteer survey if you are interested in participating in any of these committees in 2024.

  • Scientific Session Planning Committee- Co-Chairs: Mary Miley, MD, FACP; Andrew Olson, MD, FACP; and Chris Aakre, MD, FACP
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee- Nitesh Jain, MD, FACP, Chair
  • Health Policy Committee- Sally Berryman MD, FACP, Chair
  • Early Career Physicians Committee - Amy Holbrook, MD,FACP Chair
  • Membership Committee- Katie Helgen, MD, FACP, Chair
  • Hospitalists Committee- Sagar Dugani, MD, FACP Chair
  • Health Information Technology Committee- Ryan Jelinek, DO, Chair
  • Council of Resident/Fellows Committee- Katarina Fabre, MD, Chair
  • Women Internists Committee- Anya Jamrozy, MD FACP
  • Wellness Committee: Anne Becker, MD, FACP, Chair
  • Awards Committee- David Hilden, MD, FACP Chair

MN-ACP Council of Resident/Fellow Members

Internal Medicine Residents from five programs in Minnesota serve on the Council of Resident/Fellows.

Resident/Fellow members from the Minnesota training program collaborate through regular calls and social media to support resident/fellows. Thank you to Angela Lu, MD (Mayo) who is chairing the Council in 2023-24. Meetings were held quarterly with updates from all programs. Thank you to the following 2023-24 MN-ACP CRFM members. Projects this year include:

  • working with Planned Parenthood of MN on a volunteer project
  • working the IMIG groups for mentoring and outreach to middle school students interested in health careers; and
  • Health literacy with educational information

Early Career Physicians- Join us on Jan. 16th for I.M. on Tap

Our next I.M. on Tap is scheduled for January 16th at 6pm at Kieran's Pub. Our speaker will be Dr. Charlie Reznikoff on “Getting into the Weeds of Cannabis in MNRegister. We welcome medical students, resident/fellows, allied health members, and internal medicine physicians. Any questions or suggestions, please contact the Early Career Physicians Chairwoman, Amy Holbrook, MD at amy.k.holbrook@gmail.com

MN-ACP Health and Public Policy Update December 2023

Sally Berryman, MD, FACP

Our Minnesota Health Policy priorities fall into these main categories including:

  • Improve Public Health
  • Improve Patient Affordability and Health/Behavioral Health Access
  • Support Minnesota Physicians' Ability to Practice
  • Promote Primary Care

Our legislative monitor, Chad Fahning, provides MN-ACP with timely updates on our key policy concerns.

We are recruiting medical students, resident/fellows, and physicians with an interest in health policy to participate in the February 28th Internal Medicine Day at the Capitol (12:00-1pm lunch) and MN Medicine Day at the Capitol from 1-3pm that day for health advocacy. Register here.

ACP Leadership Day will be held in Washington, DC on May 14th and 15th, 2024. Travel scholarships are available for 3-4 Medical students and resident/fellows to attend. Please complete the MN-ACP Leadership Day Scholarship application by Jan. 31, 2024 if interested.

Advocacy Alert: Your Help Needed Urging Congress to Support Implementation of the G2211 Code and Halt the 3.4% Physician Payment Cuts scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2024.

Please send a message to your members of Congress. A sample email message is provided including space for you to personalize your messages.




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Congratulations New Fellows!

Achieving ACP Masters and Fellowship is a mark of distinction and a milestone in a physician's career.

Please join me in congratulating the following as new Minnesota Fellows named by ACP in the last 2 months:

  • Rheanne Maravelas, MD, FACP of Roseville
  • Suman Pal, MBBS, FACP of Minneapolis



2023 MN-ACP Award Winners


Dr. Anne Pereira received the 2023 Minnesota Laureate Award. The Laureate Award honors those Fellows or Masters of the College who have demonstrated by their example and conduct an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education, or research, and in service to their community, their Chapter, and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Pereira completed medical school at the University of MN, Internal Medicine Residency and Chief Resident at Hennepin County Medical Center, a Fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and an MPH at Harvard University School of Public Health. Most recently Dr. Pereira was Assistant Dean at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Most recently, Dr. Pereira stepped down as Assistant Dean to pursue a new focus on Palliative Care where she now works at Hennepin Healthcare as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist.


Dr. Anjali Bhagra received the 2023 Fostering Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award. Dr. Bhagra is a Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and serves as the Medical Director for the Mayo Clinic Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity. Dr Bhagra is a Member of the HIMSS Global Health Equity Network Task Force. She has been a past speaker and POCUS instructor at past MN-ACP meetings. She originally entered the diversity, equity, and inclusion field after experiencing a lack of resources for parents, particularly women, who worked in medicine.


Dr. Elie Gertner received the 2023 Distinguished Teacher/Mentor Award. Dr. Gertner is Head of Internal Medicine/Medical Education, Chair, Institutional Review Board at Regions Hospital, a Professor of Medicine and Vice Chair, Department of Internal Medicine with University of Minnesota Medical School. The Awards Committee nomination for Dr. Gertner included comments “he is always encouraging internal medicine physicians and hospitalists to join ACP and speaks so highly of the ACP resources”. He has been both a mentor and a teacher to several generations of physicians. He is widely recognized for “his mentoring both within Health Partners and the University of Minnesota.”


Dr. Heather Thompson Buum received the 2023 Advancing Woman in Internal Medicine Award. This new award is named in honor of Heather E. Gantzer, MD, MACP who has a history of advancing women in leadership in Minnesota and at the American College of Physicians. Dr. Thompson Buum is the Interim Division Director, Geriatrics, Palliative and Primary Care, past Associate Program Director at the U of M Internal Medicine Residency Program and core faculty member for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. She is a Founding member and current chair of IMPACT (Interprofessional Minnesota Primary Care Team), a group of faculty promoting interprofessional education at the GME level to promote primary care. She started MCWAM (Mid-Career Women in Academic Medicine) two years ago. This is a subgroup of CWIMS (Center for Women in Medicine and Science) geared towards more support for midcareer female faculty in the medical school.


Dr. Robert “Cole” Pueringer, received the 2023 Community Based Clinical and Teaching Award. Dr. Cole Pueringer, from EssentiaHealth in Duluth, is known as the “rock star” internal medicine physician in the Essentia Health system in Duluth and during his residency at HCMC. The Awards Committee heard stories of his community outreach in the Duluth area regarding reducing substance use and multiple cross disciplinary training that have been done throughout the state. He has championed addiction medicine fellowship in EssentiaHealth this year. He was also our guest speaker at a recent I.M. on Tap in Duluth.


Dr. Eric McFarling, MD, of Centracare Health System of St Cloud, received the 2023 Hospitalist Award

Dr. Eric McFarling is an internal medicine hospitalist in Saint Cloud, MN specializing in adult hospital medicine. He graduated from University of Minnesota Medical School and completed an Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Colorado. He also has administrative responsibilities for building and recruiting the large number of hospitalists affiliated with CentraCare and the St Cloud Hospital. He has been a member of ACP for over 30 years. The awards committee nomination “praised Dr McFarling for his leadership in hospital medicine.” Dr. McFarling has been very active in mentoring and training family medicine trainees and other clinicians in the CentraCare Health System.


Dr. Laalitha Surapaneni, of the University of Minnesota and Fairview Health system, received the 2023 Early Career Physician Award. This award recognizes a Minnesota internist within 16 years of graduating medical school. Areas of achievement may include leadership; academics, clinical care, including but not limited to publishing, teaching, and mentoring; and/or volunteerism. Dr. Surapaneni is an Assistant Professor, Division of Hospital Medicine, and an Associate with the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment. She has been an ACP member since 2012. The Awards committee nomination praised her for her environmental advocacy including: co-chairing the Climate Health Action Program, a sustainability initiative within the Department of Medicine; faculty advisor for Health Students for a Healthy Climate; a frequent speaker on climate change and impact on health, including at an MNACP annual meeting; and as part of her climate advocacy work, Laalitha has testified in front of the Minnesota Legislature on the health impacts of climate change . She was very active in establishing the advocacy group Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate.


Dr. Lewis Roberts, of the Mayo Clinic received the 2023 Community Volunteer Award. Dr. Roberts is President of a non-profit group, Africa Partners Medical, that provides medical care to Africa. Dr. Lewis R. Robert is currently a full-time professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, and a liver cancer scientist. MNACP will be making a donation of $1000 in his name to the Africa Partners Medical



New Members

Welcome New Minnesota Medical Students to ACP and MN-ACP!

Thirty-six new medical students have joined ACP and MN-ACP in the last two months. Welcome to your new training programs in Minneapolis, Rochester and Duluth, MN.

Caleb Anderson Joseph Hitti Morgan Johnson Jane Leach
Timothy Rengers Mario Bertogliat Abby Brustad Elana Cattaneo
Abhishek Chandra Ashley Collins Maragret Crosby Trinh Do
Kurt Dostal Hailey Frye Casey Hokanson Tzu Han Huang
William Kamm Gabriella Lott Kristen Lundquist Nadia Luong Van
Stephan Martin Brady McDonald Jennifer McKay Kimberly Nissen
Josie Odonnell Jeeva Palanisamy Jennifer Pearson Drew Persson
Gretta Prokosch Tyler Radtke Elizabeth Schwartz Oluwatobi Shittu
Anna Strauss Daniel Turin Mehrsa Zahiremami Emily Zhi

Welcome New Minnesota Resident/Fellows, Affiliates, Transitional Residents and Members!

Eleven new internists, physician affiliates, resident/fellows, affiliates, and transitional medical graduates have joined ACP and the MN chapter in the last two months. Thank you for your membership and count ACP and MN-ACP as a professional home and resource for you.

Erik G Anderson, MD

Shannon R Boyle, MD

Amul Chaniara, MBBS MD

Desiree Deanovic, PA

Erin Demartino, MD

Anya Dmytrenko, MD

Anna Y Hsu, MD

Alexander Khoruts, MD

Shannon Klingsporn, MD

Brian Kirti Muthyala, MD MPH

Ashley Zhou, MD

In Memoriam

  • David A. Berman, MD, FACP of Edina passed away. He practiced cardiology and internal medicine in Minnesota for 55 years.
  • John B. Cardle, MD of Edina. He was 90 years old and had practiced internal medicine at the same practice for 40 years. He was active in the Edina Rotary, American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, and the Hennepin County Medical Society

MN-ACP Member profile -Ellen Adams, MD, FACP


Where are you from? Duluth, MN

Where did you go to college, medical school, and residency? St. Olaf then University of Minnesota for med school and Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency

What are a couple of things you enjoy doing in your off-work time? Puzzles of any variety, running, playing with my 3-year-old son Noah

What do you enjoy most about being an internist? I primarily work in the hospital and I especially value advocating for people and/or helping people when they're at such a vulnerable point in their lives. Anyone who has ever dealt with a crisis in their lives learns about that vulnerable feeling and struggling to process everything that is coming at them. Lifting people up when they're at one of those low points is very gratifying.

Do you have a concern (or a few) about our profession? I think there are many distractions from caring for patients that lie in the logistics or finances of providing care and it is easy to feel hopeless or ineffectual but having amazing colleagues always reminds me of our collective work for the greater good.



Save the Dates:

  • Jan. 16, 2024- I.M. on Tap at 6pm, Kieran's Pub with Dr. Charlie Reznikoff on “Getting into the Weeds of Cannabis in MNRegister
  • Jan. 31, 2024 Medical Student and Resident Leadership Day Participation/Travel Scholarship Deadline Information
  • Feb. 28, 2024- MN-ACP Day at the Capitol from noon-1pm and MMA Day at the Capitol (1-3pm) Register
  • April 18-20, 2024- ACP Internal Medicine:2024 in Boston Information/Register
  • April 19, 2024- MN-ACP Reception in Boston, 5:30-6:30pm
  • May 14-15, 2024- ACP Leadership Day in Washington DC Information

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How can we better serve you? Please contact me with questions or thoughts on how the MN-ACP can serve you. Tseganesh Selameab, MD, FACP Governor, MN-ACP Minnesota.ACP@gmail.com