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Kent Thielen, M.D., is new CEO, Mayo Clinic Florida

Kent Thielen, M.D. (R-D ’94, RNEU ’97), was named as vice president, Mayo Clinic, and CEO of Mayo Clinic in Florida. He succeeds Gianrico Farrugia, M.D. (I ’91, GI ’94), the new president and CEO of Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Thielen is a Minnesota native who came to Mayo Clinic as a radiology resident 28 years ago. He has been on the Mayo Clinic staff for 22 years and has served in leadership roles including chair of Mayo’s Midwest Department of Radiology. Since 2013 he has led integration efforts between the Rochester and Mayo Clinic Health System practices to create the Midwest Department of Radiology. He significantly expanded scholarship and research support within the department. From 2013 to 2017, the Department of Radiology in Rochester climbed from 19th to eighth in national rankings of National Institutes of Health awards to academic radiology departments.

As chair of the Enterprise Radiology Specialty Council, Dr. Thielen has lead the integration of radiology practices across Mayo Clinic. He also led the planning and implementation of the new health records system throughout all Mayo radiology departments. Dr. Thielen served as chair of the Division of Neuroradiology from 2004 to 2013.

Dr. Thielen received his bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from South Dakota State University in 1986 and his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Minnesota in 1990. Dr. Thielen then completed his residency training in diagnostic radiology at the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education in Rochester, Minnesota, serving as chief resident from 1993 to 1994. He completed a three-year combined fellowship in diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology at the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education in Rochester.


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