The OEM board meets at least annually, and provides critical input in all facts of OEM program development.
Betsy Buehrer, DO, MPHStaff Physician 3M Company, 3M CenterMedical Department
Dr. Betsy Buehrer is a Senior Occupational Medicine Physician in the 3M Medical Department. She provides direction and support for 3M’s global medical programs and clinical services at 3M locations in the U.S., Asia Pacific and Latin America regions. She began her career at 3M in 2003. Dr. Buehrer is Board Certified in Occupational Medicine. She completed her osteopathic medical degree at North Texas State Health Science Center College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her MPH degree at Boston University School of Public Health and Occupational and Environmental Residency at Emory University. She serves on the board of trustees for the Minnesota Osteopathic Medical Society and the American Osteopathic College of Occupational and Preventive Medicine.
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Felix Ankel, MDVice President and Executive Director Health Professional EducationHealthPartners Institute for Education and Research
Dr. Felix Ankel is the executive director of health professional education for HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research. HealthPartners is the largest consumer-governed, non-profit health care organization in the United States. HealthPartners family of care includes five hospitals, a comprehensive system of clinics and a 1,500-physician multispecialty group practice. This system is integrated with the HealthPartners health plan, serving more than 1.4 million medical and dental members. In his leadership role within the Institute, Felix works alongside the executive director of research to promote a culture of continuous learning.
Felix is a former emergency medicine residency director. He is an associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Minnesota, serves on the board of directors for the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD) and is co-chair of the 2013 International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE). In 2012, Felix received a Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award winner, given by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). He lectures nationally and internationally on competency-based medical education, value-based education and disruptive educational techniques.
Annually, HealthPartners Institute trains more than 470 residents, 2,000 clinical students and provides continuing education to more than 19,000 participants. The Institute also provides state-of-the-art simulation training, maintains on-site and online medical learning resources for the organization and has pioneered the use of theater in health professional education.
Ralph Bovard, MD, MPHCo-Director, Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) Director, Clinical Residency ProgramHealthPartners Occupational and Environmental Medicine
I am privileged to assume the position as Residency Director for the HealthPartners Occupational & Environmental Medicine (OEM) program. I am committed to working with our superb cadre of physicians and residents to maintain and strengthen the reputation of the OEM department and residency program. Our goal is to become a stronger and more academically positioned program over the next 5-10 years. Our relationship with the University of Minnesota School of Public Health & the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety is a vital part of our identity. The opportunity for our residents and staff to collaborate with the academic leadership at the UM-SPH in their training and practice provides a unique podium from which to advance the mission of clinical, occupational, environmental, & preventive health service. Practicums with local corporate exemplars as well as the Minnesota Department of Public Health ensure that our residents are expertly trained.
I am a native of Mason City, Iowa and graduated from St. Olaf College in 1976 with a degree in Literature. I am a 1984 graduate of the University of Minnesota medical school. I completed my Preventive Medicine residency training and MPH degree at the University of Arizona from 1994-1996. I began working at HealthPartners (HP) in 2000 in the Occupational & Environmental Medicine (OEM) department; I was the interim OEM Department Chair 2004-5. I served as the lead for the HP Sports Medicine program within the Department of Orthopedics from 2005-2009. I continued to provide didactic programs for the OEM program from 2010-12 after serving as the CMO of a private medical business. I worked at the University of Minnesota, Department of Orthopedics from 2012-14. I have served on eight international trips with US Alpine Ski Team and US Figure Skating Teams. I participate in masters swimming and Nordic skiing, and live with my wife, Marnie Wells, in South Minneapolis.
Robert Gorman, MD, MPH, FACOEM, FACPStaff Physician Occupational and Environmental MedicineHealthPartners
Dr. Gorman is board certified in Occupational and Environmental Medicine through the American Board of Preventive Medicine as well as the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Gorman has practiced over 20 years in the Twin Cities and was selected as a Mpls./St. Paul top doctor in 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2014 by his peers. Dr. Gorman’s areas of special interest include treatment of low back pain and upper extremity disorders, injury disability prevention as well as clinical care guideline development and outcomes research.
Alden Hoffman, CIH, PEManager Minnesota Department of Labor and Energy
Since 2001 Alden has been the industrial hygiene manager for Minnesota OSHA Compliance. He began his career as an industrial hygiene field investigator for ten years and has been with Minnesota OSHA for 30 years. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota. Alden received his Professional Engineering license in 1986 and is certified in Comprehensive Practice by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene since 1987.
Alden serves on the Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Health Services Research & Policy Program Advisory Boards at the University of Minnesota and the Occupational Medicine Residency Advisory Committee at Health Partners.
Neal Holtan, MD, MPH, MAMedical Director St. Paul-Ramsey CountyDepartment of Public Health
Neal Holtan, MD, PhD, MPH, is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Medicine. After medical school, he completed a residency in internal medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center and earned a master’s degree in public health from the University of Minnesota. He is certified both by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Preventive Medicine. For more than twenty-five years he has practiced internal medicine and preventive medicine in St. Paul as a staff physician in the Department of Medicine at Regions Hospital where he founded the International Clinic, and at the Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health as medical director and tuberculosis physician. He has a private consulting practice in preventive medicine and public health associated with Partnership Continuum, Inc., in Minneapolis. In 1998 with a Bush Medical Fellowship, he began studying the history of medicine, earning a PhD from the University of Minnesota in 2011. He is now working on a book about the history of public health genetics in Minnesota and a study of the birth control movement in Iowa in the 1920s and 30s.
Lisa Ragen Ide, MD, MPHMedical Director of Employee Occupational Health Services Fairview Health ServicesStaff Physician, Center for Victims of Torture
As medical director of Employee Health for Fairview, Dr. Ide provides clinical care to Fairview’s employees with occupational health issues and oversight for the employee health program. This includes supervision of onsite nursing staff, respiratory protection, workers comp case consultation, managing the employee vaccination program and other health related services.
Dr. Ide earned her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, her medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine, and a masters of public health from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Ide completed residency training in emergency medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center followed by 7 years of emergency medicine work prior to a second residency in occupational medicine at Regions Hospital. Dr. Ide is board certified in occupational medicine.
Hyun Kim, ScDCo-Director, Occupational Injury Prevention (OIP) Associate Professor, Division of Environmental Health SciencesUniversity of Minnesota School of Public Health
Steve Kirkhorn, MD, MPH, FACOEMDirector, Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) Academic Program Director/Section Chief, Occupational HealthMinneapolis Veterans Administration Health Care System
Dr. Steven Kirkhorn has served as the Director of the Minneapolis Veterans Administration (VA) Health Care System since 2013. He is also part of the Veterans Health Administration of the Veterans Administration nation Occupational/Environmental Medicine National Consult Program which provides consulting services to the other occupational health departments in the VA system. He serves as the Environmental Health Champion at a regional level, a national program to enroll veterans in Environmental Health Registries based upon their service exposures.
Dr. Kirkhorn received his undergraduate degree in zoology, medical degree, and master’s in public health in environmental health from the University of Minnesota. He completed his training in Family Practice and later in Occupational Medicine and is board certified in Family Practice and Occupational Medicine. Dr. Kirkhorn is a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Previously, Dr. Kirkhorn was the Medical Director of the National Farm Medicine Center and the NIOSH National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Safety and Health, one of the ten NIOSH Agricultural Health and Safety Centers, and Chair of Occupational Health for the Marshfield Clinic from 2003-2013. Presently, he is Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Kirkhorn has been active over the years as a member of state and national public health committees and task forces, NIOSH review panels, and various non-profit organizations’ board of directors.
Dr. Kirkhorn is published in the area of agricultural respiratory disease, community health issues of animal confinement operations, and agricultural ergonomics and musculoskeletal disorders. He served as the Executive Editor of the Journal of Agromedicine from 2004-2012, a peer-reviewed journal indexed by National Library of Medicine and continues to be an associate editor. His interests are in rural occupational and environmental health, medical center occupational health, service-connected environmental exposures in veterans, issues affecting veterans’ return to work after active duty, agricultural medicine, and the interaction of personal health and occupational health.
Mike LockheartMedical Director Sanford Health Occupational Medicine
Dr. Lockheart is a diplomate of the American Board of Preventive Medicine, board certified in Occupational Medicine. He completed his training at the University of Minnesota, summa cum laude in Physiology and Biology, followed by a combined program in Medicine and Public Health, with a graduate studies fellowship in cardiovascular disease and nutritional epidemiology. Following an internship in Family Medicine, he completed the HealthPartners Occupational Medicine Residency. Dr. Lockheart treats patients with health concerns as they relate to work, with an emphasis on disability prevention and functional restoration.
Daniel Lussenhop, MD, MPH, FACOEMDirector, Global Health Services General Mills Medical Dept
As Director, Global Health of General Mills, I oversee clinical services at the General Mills Minneapolis campus which provide health care services to their employees there. I also serve as medical consultant to General Mills North America Supply Chain, and perform a number of other medical administration functions for General Mills.
I earned my medical degree from the University of Minnesota, was in the combined Internal Medicine/Occupational Medicine program at University of Minnesota Hospitals, and earned a Masters of Public Health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.
I am Board Certified in Occupational Medicine, and have been a fellow of the American College of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Medicine for twelve years, and am currently serving on the Residency Advisory Board of the HealthPartners/University of Minnesota Occupational Medicine Residency.
Jeffrey H. Mandel, MD, MPHMCOHS Co-Director of Academic Training Associate Professor, Division of Environmental Health SciencesSchool of Public Health, University of Minnesota
David Parker, MD, MPHStaff Physician Healthpartners Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Dr. Parker is an occupational medicine physician and epidemiologist. He is board certified in occupational & environmental medicine. He is a national expert in worksite health and safety with extensive knowledge of problems related to small businesses. He is also a expert on child labor and public health. His work in child labor is recognized worldwide.
Peter C. Raynor, PhDDirector, Industrial Hygiene (IH) Program Professor, Division of Environmental Health SciencesSchool of Public Health, University of Minnesota
Zeke McKinney, MD, MHI, MPH, FACOEMClinical Residency Program Director HealthPartners Occupational and Environmental MedicineAffiliate Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Zeke McKinney, MD, MHI, MPH, FACOEM is the OEM Residency Program Director at HealthPartners and manages the majority of OEM residents training during the HealthPartners OEM residency. He is the current President of Advocates for Better Health (formerly known as Twin Cities Medical Society) and is the immediate Past President of the Central States Occupational and Environmental Medicine Association (CSOEMA). Dr. McKinney has expanded the OEM residency research activities and has numerous research grants, most notably of which includes work on a COVID-19 vaccine trial, for which the HealthPartners Institute is a site. Because of this COVID-19 vaccine trial work and being a Black male physician from the local area, Dr. McKinney spent much of the COVID-19 global pandemic working on providing good health communication and combating disinformation through partnering with community leaders to encourage public health protections for the pandemic; these efforts led to the development of a year-long community-based vaccine clinic at his barbershop in a primarily Black community, in addition to him and his barber being featured in public health advertising for COVID-19 vaccines for the Minnesota Department of Health. Through his health communication work, he has become one of the most prolific OEM physicians on social media in the United States. He has otherwise published and is working on multiple studies on occupational health disparities, firefighter health and safety issues, vaccine hesitancy and other topics. His clinical focus is on environmental – occupational or not – toxicologic exposures to dusts, chemicals, molds, or infectious agents, often leading to chronic and complex illnesses, for which his clinic is one of the small number with this unique focus in the United States.