Sara F. Shorter, MD
- Family medicine
- Caring for multiple generations
I am a physician with Allina Health Hospice. My professional interests include hospice, geriatrics, and caring for multiple generations.
Hometown: Clark, SD
Practice philosophy: I believe that medicine is both science and art and that patients need both of those aspects covered when receiving care, whether they are in for a cold or a flare of their heart failure. I think honesty and openness between patient and physician is vital to making decisions as to how to approach everything from preventative care to diagnosing a problem to treating a problem to how to approach the end of life.
I am passionate about: about civil rights, caring for the poor and underprivileged, and caring for our planet.
If I wasn't a physician, I would be: a classical singer.
I became a physician because: I loved the study of the human body and was drawn to a life of service to others.
One challenge of this career that I enjoy is: talking with patients about how to incorporate treatments and lifestyle changes into their lives in a realistic way, not a perfectionistic way, so that they can approach changes with hope and not frustration.
The best thing I have done for my health is: shooting for 7-8 hours of sleep per night!
My personal health goals is: to keep doing daily activity with my husband and kids that are everyday kinds of things - walking, biking, swimming, yardwork - that will keep us active all our lives.
- Family medicine
- Sanford School of Medicine
- St Olaf College
Years of experience
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Major health plans we participate in
- Allina Health | Aetna
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
Other health plans we participate in
- America's PPO
- First Health/Coventry
- Hennepin Health (formerly Metropolitan Health Plan)
- South Country Health Alliance
- United Behavioral Health
- Wisconsin Physician Services (WPS)