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Mayo Clinic Alumni Association awards recognize exceptional alumni contributions to patient care, education, research and society.

Patient Care

Humanitarian and Professional Achievement Awards are presented in odd-numbered years in conjunction with the Association’s biennial meetings.

The Plummer Society and the Priestley Society present awards that honor excellence and unique contributions to Internal Medicine and Subspecialties and to Surgery and Surgical Subspecialties, respectively.

Education and Research

The Association also awards excellence among its residents, including the Donald C. Balfour Research Award for outstanding research by a resident whose training is in a clinical field and the Edward C. Kendall Research Award for an individual whose primary training is in research.


The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees established the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Alumni Award in 1981 to acknowledge and show appreciation for the exceptional contributions of Mayo alumni to the field of medicine, including medical practice, research, education and administration. The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes the outstanding attributes and accomplishments of individuals who have served at high levels in all aspects of their respective fields and the individuals who have received the award have been recognized nationally and often internationally in their fields.

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