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Fairview Range Welcomes Two General Surgeons

Posted 1 years 33 days ago ago by Fairview Range

Fairview Range is pleased to welcome two general surgeons - Dustin Lucarelli, MD and Joe Skaja, MD - to its medical staff.

Dr. Lucarelli received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan and completed his residency at Marshfield Clinic/St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, Wisconsin.

Dr. Skaja received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota and completed his residency at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

These two physicians also have a unique tie to our community.

Dr. Lucarelli, who grew up in the UP of Michigan, has close ties to relatives in Virginia and Hibbing and married Jennifer Walli, whose father founded Iron Range Plumbing & Heating in Hibbing.  They have three young children and look forward to getting them involved in sports. Hobbies outside of work include biking, winter skiing and spending time at the lake.

Dr. Skaja is from Robinsdale, Minn., and is married to Kasey Kapella, MD whose father founded Ken’s A-1 Auto Service in Hibbing.  Together they have twin boys and welcomed their third child, a daughter, earlier this month.  Drs. Skaja and Kapella also enjoy being outdoors and both have enduro racing as a hobby.  Dr. Kapella will also be joining the team of providers at Fairview Mesaba Clinics – Hibbing as a Family Practice provider in December 2017.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Drs. Lucarelli and Skaja to our team,” says Dr. Susan Rudberg, Chief Medical Officer at Fairview Mesaba Clinics.  “They come to us with a great blend of education and knowledge, along with a strong passion for providing comprehensive and compassionate patient care to the Iron Range.  They will be wonderful additions to our clinics, our surgery department, and to our community.”

Dr. Lucarelli and Dr. Skaja will be seeing patients at Fairview Mesaba Clinics in Hibbing, Nashwauk, and Mt. Iron and performing surgery at Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing as well as at Northwoods Surgery Center in Virginia, Minnesota.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Drs. Lucarelli or Skaja, please talk with your primary care provider or call 218-362-6937.


Dustin Lucarelli, MD

Joe Skaja, MD

Dr. Dustin Lucarelli and his wife, Jennifer (Walli), with their children: ages 8, 5 and 4

Dr. Joe Skaja and his wife, Dr. Kasey Kapella, with their twin boys: age 7
Not pictured: Baby girl born in August 2017

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