Emily Bannister, MD, MPH is a board certified occupational medicine physician. She initially practiced occupational medicine in La Crosse, Wisconsin and has been working in the Twin Cities since 2011. Her clinical practice has focused on the care of complex work-related injuries and the intersection of physical and mental health. Her professional interests also include management of bloodborne pathogen exposures, medical care for underserved populations, laboratory biosafety, medical center employee health, and emergency management and disaster preparedness. She has worked with numerous attorneys in Minnesota to provide narrative reports and prides herself on advocating for patient care.

While working at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin, she was the medical director for the medical system's emergency response to H1N1 influenza.  She appeared in a series of public service announcements providing education regarding H1N1 and the influenza vaccine.

She is currently serving as the medical consultant to the State of Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) and as part of that role represents the Department on the DLI Medical Services Review Board and was a member of the Department of Human Services Opioid Prescribing Work Group.

She is a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and has served on the ACOEM Council for Education and Academic Affairs. She has taught occupational medicine residents and lectured at regional and national occupational medicine conferences. In 2012 she received a National Leadership Award from U.S. HealthWorks. She is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

She is a former volunteer member of the National Board of Directors of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity and is currently an advisor to the chapter at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She has taught thousands of college students as a presenter for the fraternity's national leadership development education program on the topics of servant leadership, conflict management, and project management .

Washington University in St. Louis: Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Spanish, 1996

Medical School:
Washington University in St. Louis: MD 2001

Public Health School:

  • University of Illinois at Chicago: Masters of Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, 2007
  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities: Certificate in Public Health in Public Health Preparedness, Response, and Recovery, 2018


Board Certification from the American Board of Preventive Medicine in Occupational Medicine, 2008