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Girma Makonnen, MD

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  • Neurosurgery


Medical Education

Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York, Doctor of Medicine


Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio, Neurological Surgery Residency


Lynchburg General Hospital, Lynchburg, Virginia, Neurosurgery
Global Neurosurgery Fellowship, Tanzania, Africa, Neurosurgery

Teaching or Professional Positions

  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Research Coordinator


Girma Makonnen, MD, enjoys getting to know his patients. He views his role as a team member, guiding patients and their families. He understands and explains the situation, but joins the patient and their families to make the decision. Dr. Makonnen grew up in Ethiopia. After beginning school in the United States, he was fascinated by science. He studied pharmacy and later became a neurosurgeon. Dr. Makonnen completed a global and rural neurosurgery fellowship and spent half a year teaching in Tanzania, Africa, where he did research and has taught others.

He is an avid reader who particularly enjoys authors Stephen Dubner, Mary Roach, Malcolm Gladwell, Steven Pinkler and Steven Levitt. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, soccer and basketball and watching all sports.

Philosophy Of Medicine

“My patients, their families and I are a team. I’m here to explain what’s happening and to make a recommendation, but my patients are part of the decision. It’s rewarding to see the successes we have together.”

Office Information


  • Altru 1300 Columbia
    (formerly Altru Rehabilitation Center)
    1300 S. Columbia Rd.
    Grand Forks, North Dakota 58201
    • Main: 701-780-5000