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MNCM Welcomes New Board Member

Joseph Bianco

MNCM is pleased to welcome Dr. Joseph Bianco as a new member of its Board of Directors.

Dr. Bianco is a board-certified family practice physician with Essentia Health, an integrated health system that serves northern Wisconsin, Minnesota, and western North Dakota. Dr. Bianco also serves as the Ambulatory Quality Leader for Essentia Health.

He has a strong interest in the management of pain. He is the Chairman of the Essentia Opioid steering committee, which is accountable for establishing opioid prescribing guidelines. He also helped to author the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) guidelines for pain management published last year. He serves on the ICSI Opioid Oversight committee as well as the Addiction committee.

Additionally, he has a long-standing interest in the education of medical students and the role of the primary care physician as mentor to future family physicians and to the Duluth Family Practice Residency Program.

Dr. Bianco was raised in northeast Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota, School of Medicine and completed a family practice residency in Duluth. Dr. Bianco maintains a busy family practice in the small, rural town of Ely, Minnesota.