Dr. Kern earned his undergraduate degree in biology and MD from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. He is board certified in General Surgery. During his residency at the University of Kansas in Wichita he enjoyed working with medical education. Dr. Kern particularly enjoys thyroid surgery. In January 2010 Dr. Kern was named one of the region's Top Doctors through a survey of his peers conducted by Mpls. St. Paul Magazine. Dr. Kern currently serves as Chief of Surgery at Maple Grove Hospital as well as the Medical Board Chair of the Maple Grove Ambulatory Surgery Center. Dr. Kern's wife, Anne, is an obstetrician. They enjoy water sports and music with their children.