New Chapter Stories

Read about past New Chapter alumni.

katrin wackerKatrin Wacker, M.D.

Katrin Wacker, M.D., completed a postdoctoral clinical research fellowship in the Department of Ophthalmology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. She fit the fellowship into her residency program in her native Germany. She has returned home to Germany and continues to collaborate with Mayo Clinic. She hopes to further an evidence base for more precise treatment of Fuchs’ endothelial corneal dystrophy.

Thathais coutinhois Coutinho, M.D.

Thais Coutinho, M.D., has broken the glass ceiling only four years since completing her training.  She’s the first woman – and the youngest person – to have a division chief position at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. Read about the new chapter of this alumna who journeyed from Brazil to Minnesota to Canada to make her mark on medicine. 


Elena (Ellie) Jelsing, M.D.

Elena (Ellie) Jelsing, M.D., is a physical medicine and rehabilitation and sports medicine physician at Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine in downtown Minneapolis, where Mayo is the exclusive medical provider for the NBA Timberwolves and WNBA Lynx. Dr. Jelsing also is the head team physician for the USA Curling team and a team physician for the U.S. Ski Team.


Andrew Landstrom, M.D., Ph.D.

In a world of Mayo alumni overachievers, Andrew Landstrom, M.D., Ph.D., is an overachiever’s overachiever. He’s simultaneously completing postdoctoral clinical and research fellowships at Baylor College of Medicine in pediatric cardiology and molecular physiology/biophysics, respectively. He’ll finish the three-year clinical fellowship this summer and a five-year research fellowship in 2018.

Malini DeSilva, M.D.

As the new deputy medical director for the Minnesota Department of Health, Malini DeSilva, M.D., has had to hit the ground running. She assists with infectious disease outbreaks, including a recent measles outbreak in the Somali community in Minneapolis. She shares lessons learned from this and international disease outbreak experiences.  


Juliana (Jewel) Kling, M.D.

Three years post-residency, Jewel Kling, M.D., is focused on establishing and building her practice in women’s health at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. She’s co-medical director of a new community-based clinic in downtown Phoenix, in conjunction with St. Vincent de Paul, where students from the brand new Mayo Clinic School of Medicine – Arizona campus will care for patients.

Mirza Ali AlikhanMirza Ali Alikhan, M.D.

After completing his residency in dermatology at Mayo Clinic, Ali Alikhan, M.D., joined the dermatology staff at the University of Cincinnati, where he is director of clinical trials, co-director of the residency program and clinical assistant professor of dermatology. He’s about to embark on another new chapter — moving to the Sacramento area in California, where he’ll join a large multispecialty dermatology practice.

jill barnesJill Barnes, Ph.D.

Jill Barnes, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and affiliate faculty member at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in human integrative physiology at Mayo Clinic School of Biomedical Sciences in 2013. She received the 2014 Edward C. Kendall Mayo Clinic Alumni Association Award for Meritorious Research for her work exploring the interactions of aging, sex differences and cerebral blood flow regulation in humans. Soon thereafter she left Mayo for a tenure-track faculty appointment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Minerva Carrasquillo, Ph.D.

Minerva Carrasquillo, Ph.D., is an associate consultant in the Department of Neuroscience and an assistant professor of neuroscience at Mayo Clinic in Florida. She has a big goal. She’d like to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, or at least contribute to a cure through genetic research. She recently received a grant from the Florida Department of Health to investigate Alzheimer’s disease in African-Americans – one of eight Alzheimer’s grants Mayo Clinic in Florida received from the state. She juggles her research responsibilities with raising three children – ages 12, 8 and 5.

Amine Issa, Ph.D

Amine Issa, Ph.D., is a research fellow in the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. He also is co-creator of Mobalytics, winner of TechCrunch’s 2016 Startup Battlefield. Born in Lebanon, Dr. Issa finished high school at 14, played video games professionally and even climbed Mount Everest for research. Today he’s found a way to marry his two passions – physiology and video games – to create a rewarding, challenging and unpredictable career.

Katheryn Norris, D.O.

Katheryn Norris, D.O., is a physician at Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic at Grandview Medical-Dental Clinic. She’s also the residency director of the Sollus Northwest Family Medicine Residency Program and the 2016 Washington Osteopathic Medical Association’s Physician of the Year. As a physician, residency director, mentor, spouse and mother, Dr. Norris shares her thoughts on her career, her time at Mayo and what makes a great mentor.