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MAFP Names Kimberly Tjaden, MD, of Sartell, Minnesota, the 2019 Family Physician of the Year

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St. Louis Park, March 1, 2019 – The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) has named Kimberly Tjaden, MD, of Sartell, Minnesota, as the 2019 Family Physician of the Year.

This award is presented annually to a family physician who personifies the highest ideals of family medicine: compassionate, comprehensive patient care and involvement in the community.

Tjaden has been practicing family medicine in St. Cloud for 20 years. She sees patients at the St. Cloud Medical Group South Campus and is actively involved in community health education and outreach to underserved populations.

Her patients and colleagues describe her as compassionate, thorough and unstinting with her time and attention. One patient commented, “She looks at me as a whole person, not just one/two needs. She takes the time to listen. The care she gives is the best I have [received] anywhere.”

Tjaden has a unique ability to put patients at ease, no matter what they’re facing or going through. She works with patients not to just address illness but promote wellness. Her diligence to provide each patient with the best possible care is unparalleled.

Patrick Zook, MD, former chief of staff of St. Cloud Hospital, said, “From her first day [with St. Cloud Medical Group], she brought new life and enthusiasm to our multispecialty practice, never reluctant to stir the pot when needed to balance out our operations and practice management. But also, from day one, patients flocked to her for her expertise, but [more so] for her easy, straightforward communication. She listens exceptionally well. Patients find plenty of healing and comfort in the midst of their woes and problems, even on her busiest days.”

In addition to her clinical responsibilities, she has taught and mentored family medicine residents, medical students, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Her medical interests include public health, women’s health, preventive health, immigrant health and innovative healthcare delivery. She has served on boards and committees for the Minnesota Medical Association, CentraCare, St. Cloud Medical Group and the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, working to improve healthcare policies and patient care.

A former colleague said, “There seems to be no lines between Tjaden the [physician] and Tjaden the friend, mentor and community champion.” Tjaden is actively involved in her community. She has served as a girl scout leader, youth mentor at her church, school volunteer and more. She also regularly participates in global missions, serving on patient care teams in under-resourced countries like Haiti.

Tjaden is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. She is an alumnus of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and completed her residency training at the Clarkson Family Medicine Residency in Nebraska. She’s currently pursuing a master’s in public health at the University of Minnesota.


About the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians: The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) is the largest medical specialty organization in Minnesota, representing more than 3,100 family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students. The MAFP promotes the specialty of family medicine in Minnesota and supports family physicians as they provide high quality, comprehensive and continuous medical care for patients of all ages.

About the MAFP Academy Awards: Each year, the MAFP recognizes its members for their hard work and dedication to family medicine via its own Academy Awards. Family physicians from across Minnesota are nominated—by patients, community members, educators, learners and colleagues—for a variety of awards. The MAFP Board of Directors selects awardees after reviewing nomination letters and credentials. Awards will be formally presented at the MAFP Spring Refresher, to be held March 28 & 29 at The Depot Minneapolis.

Media contact: Emie Buege, 651-338-1545,

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