Mark Linzer, MD

Division Director, General Internal Medicine

Commitment to Patient-Centered Care

"I have been researching how the quality of work environment affects doctors and patients for years. In addition to my leading role in research and provider wellness, I am a primary care provider and Director of General Internal Medicine at HCMC. I am also Co-Director of the HCMC Center for Patient and Provider Experience. Patient-centered care, particularly for disadvantaged patients, is central to my career at Hennepin County Medical Center. In this safety net hospital, it is highly rewarding to engage patients in their own care."

Clinical Expertise

Dr. Linzer is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and has a clinic-based primary care panel consisting of adults with acute and chronic conditions. His expertise in patient and provider experience has given him opportunities to learn and develop skills in shared decision making. He is also interested in Minimally Disruptive Medicine and decreasing the burden of treatment (work caused by treatment) to patients.

Media, Newsletters and Videos


  • Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine


  • Recognized as one of "Best Doctors" in Minnesota, Mpls St. Paul Magazine

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Chiefs and Leaders in General Internal Medicine
  • American College of Physicians
  • Society of General Internal Medicine


  • Vickery KD, Guzman-Corrales L, Owen R, Soderlund D, Shimotsu S, Clifford P, Linzer M. Medicaid expansion and mental health: a Minnesota case study. Families, Systems & Health. 2016;34(1):58-63.
  • Rabatin J, Williams E, Manwell LB, Schwartz MD, Brown RL, Linzer M. Predictors and outcomes of burnout in primary care physicians. J Prim Care Community Health 2016;7(1):41-43.
  • Shimotsu S, Roehrl A, McCarty M, Vickery K, Guzman-Corrales L, Linzer M, Garrett N. Increased likelihood of missed appointments ("No Shows") for racial/ethnic minorities in a safety net health system. J Prim Care Community Health. 2016;7(1):38-40.
  • LeBlanc A, Herrin J, Williams MD, Inselman JW, Branda ME, Shah ND, Heim EM, Dick SR, Linzer M, Boehm DH, Dall-Winther KM, Matthews MR, Yost KJ, Shepel KK, Siegel J, Montori VM. Shared decision making for antidepressants in primary care: a clustered randomized trial. JAMA Internal Medicine. Doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.5214. Published online September 28, 2015.
  • Linzer M, Poplau S, Grossman E, Varkey A, Yale S, Williams E, Hick L, Brown RL, Wallock J, Kohnhorst D, Barbouche M. A cluster randomized trial of interventions to improve work conditions and clinician burnout in primary care: results from the Healthy Work Place (HWP) study. J Gen Intern Med. 2015;30(8):1105-1111.


"Working at HCMC is a dream come true! I get to work with dedicated and talented colleagues and serve patients from diverse backgrounds. When I am not at HCMC, I enjoy playing my guitar (sometimes gigs for HCMC) and running."


Medical School

Johns Hopkins University Medical School, Baltimore, MD, USA


Social Medicine, Internal Medicine Division, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY, USA