Thomas E. Kottke, MD

Thomas E. Kottke, MD
  • Practicing Specialty: Cardiology
  • Doctor
  • Male

I have been active internationally in heart disease prevention efforts since 1973. Because of this work, I have learned that people can prevent or delay the onset of heart disease, diabetes and obesity by committing themselves to a few simple lifestyle choices: Go smoke-free and have no exposure to tobacco smoke; eat a diet that is comprised mainly of vegetables and fruits and is limited in animal fats; get plenty of physical activity (at least 10,000 steps a day); and get control of blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels. People who already have heart disease also benefit greatly from these choices.

I particularly enjoy helping my patients achieve their lifestyle goals and I maintain a GLBT-friendly practice.

Personally, I enjoy riding my bicycle to work, and I love all of the fresh fruits and vegetables that are available to those of us who live in the Midwest. I look forward to the day when all of us can live and work in an environment free of tobacco smoke.



  • Medical School: University of Minnesota 1974
  • Internship in Internal Medicine: Royal Victoria Hospital- Canada 1975
  • Residency in Internal Medicine: Royal Victoria Hospital- Canada 1976
  • Residency in Internal Medicine: North Carolina Memorial Hospital 1978
  • Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease: University of Minnesota 1979
  • Certification: Am Bd of Internal Medicine-Cardiovascular Disease
  • Certification: Am Bd of Internal Medicine