Top Doctors

Top Doctors 2012: Going the Extra Mile to Save Lives

Local docs travel the globe to make the world—and the Twin Cities—a better place.

Top  Doctors 2012: Going the Extra Mile to Save Lives
PHOTOGRAPHS BY STEVE HENKE AND KATHERINE HARRIS
0712-Abraham_125.jpg Abraham Jacob
Specialty
Pediatrics
On Volunteering

“When you hear about such a dramatic instance of people in higher need, every physician wants to help out. I was more than happy to go [to Haiti], and it felt more like my privilege than anything else.”



0712-Steven_125-(1).jpg Steven Koop
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery
On Volunteering

“It’s essential to share your skills and talents with others. . . . By going [to Ecuador], there’s an opportunity to give that community some of the resources we have in the United States.”



0712-Elizabeth_125-(1).jpg Elizabeth Arendt
Specialty
Sports Medicine
On Volunteering

“Anyone who wants to shadow me, I try to find a spot for them. . . . I’ve had students who’ve gone on to be nurses or work in public health. It’s rewarding to see something click.”



0712-Pete_125.jpg Pete Melchert
Specialty
Pediatrics
On Volunteering

“When you invest the time and effort to serve overseas, you gain so much perspective on the human condition and the practice of medicine.”



0712-Jennifer_125.jpg Jennifer Welsh
Specialty
Family Medicine
On Volunteering

“I hope what I can provide will last beyond me. . . . What I can give can go beyond that encounter and help shape how things are going to be easier in the future.”



0712-Jeff_125.jpg Jeff Shultz
Specialty
Cardiology
On Volunteering

“Volunteering is one of the most gratifying things. You have day-to-day stresses as a doctor. But . . . the appreciation that is shown to you is just unbelievable.”



0712-Collage_640.jpgCRITICAL OUTREACH
Clockwise from top right: Jennifer Welsh, Jeff Shultz, and Pete Melchert address critical needs far from home.


Top Doctord 2012Search 586 physicians in 42 specialties voted a Top Doctor by their peers.(Search results includes multiple locations.)

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