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Heather Thompson Buum, M.D.

Dr. Heather Thompson Buum is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota in the Division of General Internal Medicine.  She graduated from Hamline University in 1993 with a BA in Biology, then went on to complete both medical school and residency at the University of Minnesota.  She joined the faculty in 2002 and devotes half her time to patient care, practicing both outpatient primary care and inpatient hospital medicine. The remaining time she spends in various teaching and administrative roles.  She formerly served as an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency and now is a Course Director for Human Health and Disease and a small group facilitator for Essentials of Clinical Medicine in the Medical School. Dr. Thompson has won numerous awards for both teaching and patient care, including Mnpls St. Paul magazine’s “Top Docs” in 2020, the Outstanding Medical School Teacher in 2016, the Department of Medicine Clinical Excellence Award in 2013, and Minnesota Monthly’s “Top Doctors for Women” in 2013 and 2011.  She is a member of the Society for General Internal Medicine and a fellow in the American College of Physicians.  Her outside interests include choral music, performing with the Oratorio Society of Minnesota for over 20 years.  She also enjoys cooking, running, and an occasional round of golf.  She lives with her husband and two children in St. Paul.

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