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Justin Stocks, MD

  • About
    • Specialties: Pulmonary Disease
    • Board Certified:
      Pulmonary, Critical Care, Internal Medicine
    • Gender: Male
    • Languages: English, Spanish
    Biography

    What I Do
    I want my patients to know I will always go the extra mile to make their day better. My philosophy of care is to treat the patient with the exceptional care I would want for my own family. I work with patients by providing them education and data about their illness empowering them to make decisions about their care.

    Why I Love My Work
    When I was 6 years old, a stick impaled my leg and I developed an infection. The amazing care I received from my pediatrician and surgeon inspired me to help others by serving as a physician. My entire life has been focused on this goal and I strive, daily, to improve my knowledge, clinical abilities and active listening skills to help my patients feel comfortable, empowered and optimistic about their situation.

    I enjoy the diverse patient populations, procedures, physiology and duties of being dual certified in pulmonary and critical care medicine. Variety constantly renews my passion for medicine, and there is always more to learn.

    What I enjoy most is spending time with my patients and getting to know them on a deeper level. Their beliefs, psychology and interests can be woven into a unique treatment plan that helps them achieve wellness and happiness with their medical care.

    I chose to work at CentraCare for a variety of reasons. The clinic, endoscopy and intensive care staff are incredibly professional, reliable, friendly and a joy to work with. My colleagues are knowledgeable, skillful and dedicated to superlative patient care. Lastly, the administration’s response to COVID-19 was the best response I have witnessed and demonstrates an organized, practical and knowledgeable guiding hand.

    Getting to Know Me
    Coming back to Central Minnesota is great because I get to see old friends, family and associates I have known for decades. Moreover, I get to fill a critical role in a needed specialty and provide outreach to my hometown of Willmar.

    I love music and enjoy playing guitar, saxophone, bass guitar, mandolin, ukulele and piano. My other hobbies include reading and everything personal fitness. You can find me at the YMCA five to seven days per week.

    I have military training with trauma and mass casualty experience which I gained during my time in the U.S. Navy where I also served in medical relief missions.

    Some other interesting background points are that I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a sharpshooter firearms ribbon in the military, and I am a published author of lung research and textbook chapters.

    Education
    • College
      University of Minnesota – Duluth, Bachelor of Science, Cell Biology
    • Medical School
      Loma Linda University School of Medicine
    • Residency
      Naval Medical Center, San Diego, California, Internal Medicine

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO