John Loftus, M.D. (MED ’89, S ’94, VASS ’95)
(originally published in 2016)
Bay Area Surgical Specialists
“Patients recognize the institution (Mayo Clinic) with its worldwide reputation as a premier medical center. They seem to appreciate that I trained there. I strive to employ Mayo Clinic ideals in my practice.”
- Fellowship: Vascular Surgery, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education; Endovascular Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California
- Residency: General Surgery, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education
- Medical School: Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota
- Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
- Native of: Iowa City, Iowa
Why did you decide to pursue medicine?
During college I worked as an athletic trainer. That experience sparked my interest in medical school.
Why did you train at Mayo Clinic?
I grew up in California and was unsure what to expect of Minnesota and Rochester during the medical school interview process. I was extremely impressed with Mayo Clinic and the people I interacted with. The small class size and small town also influenced my decision.
A world-class medical training opportunity in a small-town setting felt like a good fit for me.
How does Mayo Clinic influence your practice?
Patients recognize the institution with its worldwide reputation as a premier medical center. They seem to appreciate that I trained there. I strive to employ Mayo Clinic ideals in my practice.
What do you contribute to the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association?
I bring the perspective of a West Coast private practice surgeon to complement those who continue in academic or large practice environments.
What do you do in your spare time?
I enjoy golf and other outdoor activities.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I finished my first Napa Valley Marathon the day before my 52nd birthday.