Hessen Kurt

Kurt Hessen, MD


Commitment to Patient-Centered Care

“I am passionate about providing a safe space for patients and families to discuss what they hope to achieve with their health as well as express concerns about their future health. We need to ensure that we see our patients as the complex humans they are and explore their values and goals to guide our recommendations for medical care. Together we can create a care plan that is individualized and gets them closer to those things that are most important to them.”

Clinical Expertise

Dr. Hessen is a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician who completed a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Care. He cares for hospitalized patients with both acute and chronic illnesses or injuries and works as part of an interdisciplinary team that has specialized training in complex symptom management and communication. The Palliative Medicine team works together to support patients and families through the difficult times associated with acute and recurrent hospitalizations.

Medical School

  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA


  • Emergency Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA


  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Professional Affiliations

  • American Board of Emergency Medicine
  • Society of Academic Emergency Medicine
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine


“In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, and being outdoors (canoeing, camping, fishing).”