Bjorn C. Westgard, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, HealthPartners/University of Minnesota

As a practicing emergency physician, I have sought to balance biomedical and sociologic approaches to patient care in urban and rural practice locales. Trained as a medical anthropologist, I am a proponent of social medicine perspectives, and my teaching of residents and students frequently centers on the social and structural determinants of health and healthcare and their manifestations in the emergency department. As a physician at Regions Hospital, an investigator at the HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota, I have been highly involved in studying healthcare disparities and the coordinated emergency department care of disadvantaged populations.