Clinical Council

clinical council250x200Formed in April 2002, Abbott Northwestern's Clinical Council is comprised of physician leaders and members of the Abbott Northwestern senior management team. Physician members have been selected for their leadership ability, strategic orientation and representation of Abbott Northwestern's Centers of Excellence.

The mission of the Clinical Council is to bring clinical perspective to administrative decisions, enhancing care and shaping strategy. 

The mission has three supporting goals:

  • use the experience and judgment of physicians to guide operations and planning 
  • consider and inform the opinion of the Medical Staff regarding administrative issues  
  • develop and empower physician leaders

Clinical Council Physician Members

Lee Arostegui, MD - Emergency Department

  • Length of service at Abbott Northwestern: since 1987
  • Practice/Group: Emergency Care Consultants, PA
  • Medical Degree: National Autonomous University of Nicaragua
  • Residency: Internal Medicine, Abbott Northwestern Hospital
  • Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine

Michael Cummings, MD - Internal Medicine

  • Length of service at Abbott Northwestern: since 1990
  • Practice/Group: Abbott Northwestern General Medicine Associates
  • Medical Degree: University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Residency: Abbott Northwestern Hospital
  • Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine

Kurt Elting-Ballard, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine 

  • Practice/Group: Allina Health
  • Medical Degree: University of California, San Diego
  • Residency: Internal Medicine-Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics
  • Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Pediatrics

Scott Flaata, DO - Internal Medicine

  • Length of service at Abbott Northwestern: since 2001
  • Practice/Group: Allina Health clinics
  • Medical Degree: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Residency: Gunderson Medical Center
  • Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine

Michael Freehill, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

  • Length of service at Abbott Northwestern: since 2000
  • Practice/group:Sports and Orthopaedic Specialists
  • Medical Degree:  Loyola University
  • Internship: Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine
  • Residency:  Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine
  • Fellowship:  Columbia University School of Public Health
  • Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in Orthopaedic Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Brian French, MD - lead hospitalist

  • Length of service at Abbott Northwestern: since 2001
  • Practice/Group: Abbott Northwestern Hospitalist Services (2008 - present)
  • Medical Degree: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Internship: Abbott Northwestern Hospital
  • Residency: Abbott Northwestern Hospital (2001-2004)
  • Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Professional Recognition: Fellow, American College of Physicians

Timothy Garvey, MD - Spine Surgeon

  • Practice/Group: Twin Cities Spine
  • Medical Degree: Temple University Medical School
  • Internship: George Washington University
  • Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery: George Washington University
  • Orthopaedic Spine Fellowship: Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami
  • Certifications: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Minnesota State Board of Medical Examiners

Dawn Johnson, MD - General Surgery

  • Length of service at Abbott Northwestern: since 2009
  • Practice/Group: Surgical Specialists of Minnesota
  • Medical Degree: University of Iowa
  • Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals and Clinics
  • Certification: American Board of Surgery

William Katsiyiannis, MD - Cardiology

  • Length of service at Abbott Northwestern: since 2004
  • Practice/Group: Minneapolis Heart Institute (Minneapolis Cardiology Associates)
  • Medical Degree Chicago Medical School
  • Residency: Washington University/VA Medical Center, Internal Medicine and Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
  • Fellowships: Cardiology and Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Certification: Cardiovascular Disease, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Elizabeth LaRusso, MD - Psychiatry

  • Length of service at Abbott Northwestern: since 2012
  • Practice/group: Allina Health Mental Health
  • Medical Degree:Harvard Medical School
  • Residency: Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Certification: American Board of Psychiatry& Neurology, in Psychiatry

Bill McDonald, MD - Pathology

  • Length of service at Abbott Northwestern: since 2004
  • Practice/Group: Hospital Pathology Associates, PA
  • Medical Degree: Mayo Medical School
  • Residencies: University of California, San Francisco - Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology
  • Fellowships: University of California, San Francisco - Surgical Pathology, Neuro Pathology
  • Certification: American Board of of Pathology in anatomic and clinical pathology, and neuropathology

John Mrachek, MD - Anesthesiology

  • Length of service at Abbott Northwestern: since 2006
  • Practice/Group: AmericanAnesthesiology of Minnesota 
  • Medical Degree: University of Minnesota
  • Residency: University of Minnesota
  • Certification: American Board of Anesthesiology

Frank Norberg, MD - Orthopedic Surgery

  • Length of service at Abbott Northwestern: since 1999
  • Practice/Group: TwinCities Orthopedics
  • Medical Degree: University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Residency: University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Tom O’Connor - interim president, Abbott Northwestern Hospital

  • Length of service at Abbott Northwestern: since 2017
  • Previous experience: senior vice president –Allina Health East Region; president of United Hospital; corporate vice president of operations, Allina Health; past president of St. Francis Regional Medical Center and Mercy Hospital
  • Education:master's degrees in health services administration and business administration from the University of Minnesota; bachelor's degree in economics/finance from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn.

Dennis O'Hare, MD - Orthopedic Surgery; vice president of Medical Affairs

  • Length of service at Abbott Northwestern: since 2012
  • Medical Degree: Creighton University School of Medicine
  • Residency: University of Minnesota
  • Certification: American Board of Family Medicine, American Board of Geriatrics, American Board of Family Practice and Certified Natural Family Planning Consultant

Daniel O’Laughlin, MD - Emergency Medicine

  • Length of service at Abbott Northwestern: since 2004
  • Practice/group:Emergency Care Consultants
  • Medical Degree:University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Residency: Hennepin County Medical Center
  • Certification: American Board of Emergency Medicine

Ronald Peterson, MD - OB/GYN

  • Length of service at Abbott Northwestern: since 1983
  • Practice/Group: John A. Haugen Associates, PA
  • Medical Degree: Northwestern University Medical School
  • Residency: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Certification: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Jason Reed, MD - Internal Medicine

  • Length of service at Abbott Northwestern: since 1994
  • Practice/Group: Specialists in Internal Medicine
  • Medical Degree: University of Iowa
  • Residency: Abbott Northwestern Hospital
  • Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine

Lisa Saul, MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine

  • Length of service at Abbott Northwestern: since 2004
  • Practice/group:Minnesota Perinatal Physicians
  • Medical Degree:  University of California, San Diego
  • Internship: Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Residency: Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Fellowship:University of California-Irvine School of Medicine
  • Certification: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, in OB/GYN and Maternal & Fetal Medicine

Lisa Schneider, MD - Radiologist

  • Length of service at Abbott Northwestern: since 2000
  • Practice/Group: Consulting Radiologists, Ltd.
  • Medical Degree: Creighton University
  • Residency: State University of New York
  • Certification: American Board of Radiology

Timothy Sielaff, MD, PhD - Surgery

  • Length of service at Abbott Northwestern: since 2004
  • Practice/Group: Virginia Piper Cancer Institute
  • Medical Degree: Medical College of Virginia
  • Residency: University of Minnesota
  • Fellowship: University of Toronto
  • Certification: American Board of Surgery

Chase Sovell, MD - Urology

  • Length of service at Abbott Northwestern: since 2004
  • Practice/Group: Urology Associates, Ltd.
  • Medical Degree: University of Minnesota
  • Residency: George Washington University, Washington D.C.
  • Certification: American Board of Urology

Craig Strauss, MD - Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine

  • Length of service at Abbott Northwestern: since 2007
  • Practice/group: Minneapolis Heart Institute
  • Medical Degree: Dartmouth Medical School
  • Residency: Abbott Northwestern Hospital
  • Fellowship: University of Minnesota
  • Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease

John Trusheim, MD - Neurology, Sleep Medicine

  • Length of service at Abbott Northwestern: since 1987
  • Practice/group: Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology
  • Medical Degree: University of Missouri –Columbia School of Medicine
  • Internship: University of Missouri Medical Center
  • Residency: University of Minnesota
  • Fellowship: University of Minnesota
  • Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, in Neurology and Sleep Medicine

Donald Wothe, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • Length of service at Abbott Northwestern: since 1988
  • Practice/Group: Minnesota Perinatal Physicians
  • Medical Degree: University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Residency: University of Iowa
  • Fellowships: Oregon Health Sciences University
  • Certifications: American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology (Maternal-Fetal Medicine and OB/GYN)