Our Faculty & Fellows

The Pain Medicine Fellowship Program brings together top-rated medical professionals with future leaders in pain medicine and management.


Franz Macedo, DO – Program Director

Fairview Pain Management Group

Annie Burton, MD

Richard Belle Isle, MD

Kathryn Nixdorf, MD - Site Director
Jon Snitzer, MD

Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center-Pain Center

Miles Belgrade, MD
Ranjit Kesha, MD

Steve Knuff, DO

Franz Macedo, DO - Program Director, Site Director

Mark Paidin, DO

U of M Dept. of Anesthesiology-Pain Management

Ratan Banik, MD, PhD 
Clarence Shannon, MD - Site Director
Bronwyn Southwell, MD



Elena Averbakh, MD, MS
Residency: University of Minnesota (Anesthesiology)
Med School: Drexel University College of Medicine

Jacob DeWeerth, MD
Residency: Vanderbilt University (Anesthesiology)
Med School: Medical University of South Carolina

Edward Kim, DO
Residency: VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System/UCLA (PM&R)
Med School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Gabrielle Meyer, DO
Residency: University of Minnesota (PM&R)
Med School: Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

Recent Graduates


Rupa Austria, MD, MPH
Mehreen Iqbal, MD
Ashish Kumar, DO
Raghavendra Nayak, DO


Lindsey Beck, DO
Zeshan Chaudhry, MD
Saugat Dey, MD
Emanuel Husu, MD

Annie Burton, MD
Abhishek Das, MD
Dilangani Ratnayake, MD

Ranjit Kesha, MD
Carlton Kimmerle, MD



Pain Fellows from left to right Raj Nayak, Rupa Polam Austria, Mehreen Iqbal, Ashish Kumar

From left to right, Pain Fellows Dr. Raghavendra Nayak, Dr. Rupa Austria, Dr. Mehreen Iqbal, and Dr. Ashish Kumar.