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Essentia Health welcomes Dr. Krishna Kolandaivel

Essentia Health welcomes Dr. Krishna Kolandaivel

Dr. Krishna Kolandaivel, an oncologist and hematologist, has joined the Cancer Center at Essentia Health-St. Josephs Medical Center in Brainerd, Minnesota.

"One of the reasons I chose this specialty is because its very rewarding," says Dr. Kolandaivel. "The treatments we provide can be life-altering, and we can really make a difference for our patients."

Dr. Kolandaivel earned a medical degree from Stanley Medical College in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. He completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine.

"I connect well with my patients and I find that Im often able to interpret cues that they give me," explains Dr. Kolandaivel. "Not all communication is verbal, and sometimes its important to just be there for patients in their time of need."

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kolandaivel, call the Cancer Center at (218) 828-3113. To see his full profile, visit and click on "Find a Doctor or Provider."