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Michael J. Lillestol, MD, FACP, PI

Michael J. Lillestol



Dr. Lillestol is a board certified Internal Medicine physician in practice since 1977. He began his interest in clinical research in 1990. He has served as a Principal Investigator on more than 250 clinical research trials since that time. Dr. Lillestol earned his Doctorate of Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota in 1974. He has received numerous honors and appointments throughout his medical career. He is also a registered Pharmacist in North Dakota and Minnesota.


  • 1974–1977: Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Internal Medicine Residency, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1973–1974: University of Minnesota, Doctorate of Medicine, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1971–1973: University of North Dakota, Bachelor of Science, Medicine, Grand Forks, North Dakota
  • 1966–1970: North Dakota State University, Bachelor of Science, Pharmacy, Fargo, North Dakota
  • 1965–1966: Bismark Junior College, Liberal Arts, Bismarck, North Dakota


  • 2015: American Heart Association BLS/ACLS recertified
  • 2007: American Heart Association BLS/ACLS recertified
  • 2002: American Heart Association BLS/ACLS recertified
  • 11/22/2002: Completed Investigator Training for Medical Research (WIRB)
  • 6/2002: Lab Director - COLA Accreditation
  • 5/2002: Certified Clinical Densitometrist (C.C.D.)
  • 5/2002: The International Society for Clinical Densitometry
  • 1996: Certified for Electrocardiography Examination (EKGEXAM)
  • 1996: American College of Cardiology
  • 1977: Certified by the Amercian Board of Internal Medicine
  • 1977: Division of the American College of Physicians
  • 1977: Registered Pharmacist, North Dakota and Minnesota


  • Present: Heartland Healthcare Network, President, Fargo, North Dakota
  • 1997: Dakota Heartland Hospital, Chief of Staff, Fargo, North Dakota
  • 1996: Dakota Heartland Health System, Chief of Staff Elect, Fargo, North Dakota
  • 1993–1994: Heartland Medical Center, Chairman of the Board, Fargo, North Dakota
  • 1986–1987: Heartland Medical Center fka St. John's Hospital, Chief of Staff, Fargo, North Dakota


  • 2000-present: University of North Dakota School of Medicine, Professor
    • 3rd and 4th year Medical Student Clerkships


  • 1971–1975: US Air Force Reserves
  • 1971–1975: Grand Forks Air Force Base, Sgt. - Pharmacy, Grand Forks, North Dakota

Awards and Honors

  • 2010: Lillestol Research LLC - 2010 Small Business of the Year - Fargo-Moorhead Chamber of Commerce
  • 2005–2009: North Dakota Diabetes Care Provider Achievement, Gold Award - 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009
  • 2002–2004: North Dakota Diabetes Care Provider Achievement, Silver Award - 2002, 2003 and 2004
  • 2003: Golden Grains Award in appreciation of support of the North Dakota Dietetic Association
  • 2001–2002: Voted "Top Doc" FM Today Magazine, Poll of local healthcare providers
  • January 2001: In Geriatrics and Internal Medicine
  • January 2002: In Geriatrics and Internal Medicine