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Burkhard Wippermann, M.D. (BIOM ’87)


Burkhard Wippermann, M.D.

Vice President, Board Member

Chief of Orthopaedics and Trauma


Helios Klinikum Hildesheim

Hildesheim, Germany

”Through my whole career, it has been helpful to be a Mayo alumnus.”

  • Fellowship: Research Fellowship, Biomechanics, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education
  • Residency: Trauma Surgery, Hannover Medical School, Hanover, Germany
  • Native of: Germany

Why did you train at Mayo Clinic?

I received an award from the Rotary Foundation, and it was difficult at first to be admitted to an American medical school. My time at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine (Visiting Medical Clerkships) was sponsored by Peter Frohnert, M.D. (I ’66, NEPH ’68). Afterward it appeared natural to apply for a research fellowship at Mayo Clinic.

What was your initial impression of Mayo Clinic?

I was very impressed by how we, as a foreign family, were received and integrated.

How does Mayo Clinic influence your practice?

Through my whole career, it has been helpful to be a Mayo alumnus.

What do you contribute to the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association?

Serving on the Board of Directors is an honor and an obligation. I also became a member of the Doctors Mayo Society.

What do you do in your spare time?

I play golf and am interested in sports cars.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I drive a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

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