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Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes Division

Our Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes physicians provide comprehensive services to patients with hormonal disorders such as diabetes. Treatment includes clinical care, education, nutrition and weight management. Patient care focuses on preventing complications associated with diabetes.

Diabetes and Endocrinology Faculty

Lafave Laura ContactLaura LaFave, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School

Site Lead, Endocrinology Fellowship, University of Minnesota Medical School

Inpatient Diabetes Director, Hennepin Healthcare

Dr. LaFave trained in Internal Medicine at Hennepin Healthcare and in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at the University of Minnesota. She sees patients for diabetes as well as thyroid, adrenal, and pituitary disorders. She has expertise in diabetes technology including insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors. Dr. LaFave is passionate about teaching and community engagement.

Education and training

  • Endocrinology and Metabolism Fellowship, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Hennepin Healthcare, Minneapolis, MN
  • MD, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
  • School for International Training, Madagascar
  • BA, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Estrada Allison ContactAllison Estrada, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School

Dr. Estrada cares for patients with all types of endocrine issues, including thyroid disease, adrenal and pituitary disorders, hyperlipidemia, obesity, osteoporosis, diabetes, and insulin pumps.

Education and training

  • Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism Fellowship, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
  • Internal Medicine Residency, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • MD, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
  • MD Opportunities, Global Health Clinical Time, Guatemala, Argentina, and Peru
  • BS, Arizona State University, Barrett Honors College, Tempe, AZ

Kempainen Sarah ContactSarah Kempainen, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School

Dr. Kempainen graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. She completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center where she also served as Chief Resident.

Dr. Kempainen has a special interest in diabetes care and prevention.

Education and training

  • Chief Resident, Internal Medicine Residency, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • MD, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
  • BA, Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN

Ayesha Mehfooz, MBBS

Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School 

Education and training

  • Endocrinology and Metabolism Fellowship, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
  • Internal Medicine Residency, University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine, Sioux Falls, SD
  • MBBS, Army Medical College, Pakistan
  • Army Public College, Pakistan

Diabetes and Endocrinology Advanced Practice Providers