Sanford Health welcomes Jonathan Sande, MD, to the oncology and hematology teams

Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota welcomes Jonathan Sande, MD, to the medical oncology and hematology teams at the Sanford Bemidji Joe Lueken Cancer Center. 

After attending St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, for his bachelor’s degree in chemistry, Dr. Sande earned his doctorate from the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN. He gained valuable experience during his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in hematology and oncology both at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. Dr. Sande is currently certified in internal medicine, oncology and hematology by the American Board of Medical Specialties.  

Expanding his education further, Dr. Sande is also in the process of earning his PhD in ethics from the University of Chicago Divinity School. Prior to practicing as an oncologist and hematologist, Dr. Sande held several research and faculty positions with Mayo Clinic; the Park Ridge Center for the Study of Health, Faith and Ethics in Chicago, IL; and the University of Minnesota Duluth.  

Joining Essentia Health in Duluth, MN, in 1998, he held several positions including hematology and oncology staff physician at St. Mary’s Hospital, director of the hospital’s ethics program and director of the East Market’s advance care planning program. During his tenure as a care provider, Dr. Sande was awarded the Karis Award from Mayo Clinic, which is given to those who consistently demonstrate that the needs of the patient come first, and Essentia Health East’s Physician of the Year Award for the exceptional care he provided to his oncology patients and services to the organization. 

Dr. Sande is available for referral specializing in both hematology and oncology care, including cancer treatment, hematopathology, symptom management, cancer screening, cancer survivorship, weight loss, cancer risk assessment, immunotherapy, bleeding disorders and breast health.  

“In my area of care, I really get to know my patients and develop deep connections with their families,” explained Dr. Sande. “It is a privilege to be there for them, especially during difficult times, holding their hand and working with their entire care team to align their treatments with what is most important to them. I am very blessed to be able to do what I do.” 

Outside of his passion for person-centered care, Dr. Sande has many other passions including writing, cross-country skiing, reading, photography and listening to music. With his parents originally from North Dakota and decades of attachment to the Bemidji area, he is excited to live on the lake and once again enjoy the outdoor activities that rural Northern Minnesota has to offer.