Mayo Clinic Distinguished Alumni Award

Distinguished Alumni Award

The Mayo Clinic Distinguished Alumni Award was established in 1981 by the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees to acknowledge and show appreciation for the exceptional contributions of Mayo alumni to the field of medicine, including medical practice, research, education, and administration. Individuals receiving this award are recognized nationally — and often internationally — in their field.

Selection criteria

Nominees should be members of the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association who:

  • Achieved national or international peer recognition of accomplishments in education, research, clinical practice or administration 
  • Published in significant scientific journals 
  • Reached leadership in his or her field 
  • Demonstrated professional integrity 
  • Able to attend the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Alumni Award dinner (held annually, typically in October)

Nominate A Mayo Clinic Alumni Association member may nominate one candidate each year for the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Alumni Award. Previously nominated candidates may be nominated again. Nominations must include the following:

  • A completed nomination form 
  • A nomination letter summarizing the nominee’s attributes and accomplishments 
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae and bibliography 
  • Letters of recommendation from Mayo alumni or other individuals (at least three and no more than five letters)

Mayo Clinic Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

*Denotes deceased as of August 30, 2017

2017

Stephen Challacombe, Ph.D. (IMM ’79)

London, England

 

Donald Greydanus, M.D. (S ’74, PD ’76)

Kalamazoo, Michigan

 

Robert Nirschl, M.D. (OR ’63)

Arlington, Virginia

 

Thomas Spelsberg, Ph.D. (BIOC ’73)

Waunakee, Wisconsin

 

Robert Waller, M.D. (I ’67, OPH ’70)

Memphis, Tennessee

2016

Kai-Nan An, Ph.D. (BIOM ’75)
Rochester, Minnesota

Albert Czaja, M.D. (GI ’77)
Rochester, Minnesota

James Eisenach, M.D. (ANES ‘85)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

David Feliciano, M.D. (S ‘71)
Indianapolis, Indiana

2015

C. Garrison Fathman, M.D. (IMM ’77)
Stanford, California

Bernard Gersh, M.B., Ch.B., D. Phil. (CV ’79)
Rochester, Minnesota

Audrey Nelson, M.D. (I ’69, RHEU ’71)
Rochester, Minnesota

Kristina Rother, M.D. (PD ’88, PED ’94)
Bethesda, Maryland

2014

E. Rolland Dickson, M.D. (I ’64)
Rochester, Minnesota

Brian G. M. Durie, M.D. (I ’70, HEM ’72)
West Hollywood, California

K. Krishnan Unni, M.D. (PATH ’70, SGPA ’74)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Richard M. Weinshilboum, M.D. (PHAR ’72)
Rochester, Minnesota

2013

Stephen Carmichael, Ph.D., D.Sc. (ANAT ‘82)
Rochester, Minnesota

Richard DeRemee, M.D. (I ‘66)
Rochester, Minnesota

Olaf Paulson, M.D., DMSc (N ‘73)
Copenhagen, Denmark

2012

Eugene P. DiMagno, M.D. (I ’68, GI ‘70)
Rochester, Minnesota

Thomas F. Luscher, M.D. (PHYS ‘84)

Zurich, Switzerland

Robert G. Siekert, M.D. (N ‘50)*
Rochester, Minnesota

Cornelia Weyand, M.D. (RHEU ‘91)
Palo Alto, California

2011
Richard F. Brubaker, M.D. (OPH ’70)
Rochester, Minnesota

Gene G. Hunder, M.D. (I  ’63)
Rochester, Minnesota

Keith A. Kelly, M.D. (PHYS ’67, S ’68)*
Rochester, Minnesota

Guillermo Ruiz- Argüelles, M.D. (HEM ’83)
Puebla, México

2010
David E. Clapham, M.D., Ph.D. (PHAR ‘87)
Boston, Massachusetts

Eugene B. Kern, M.D. (ENT ’68)
Rochester, Minnesota

Bernard F. Morrey, M.D. (S ’72, OR ‘76)
Rochester, Minnesota

John D. Stobo, M.D. (IMM ‘73)
Oakland, California

2009
Franklyn G. Knox, M.D., Ph. D. (PHYS ‘71)
Rochester, Minnesota

Irwin J. Schatz, M.D. (I ‘61)*
Honolulu, Hawaii

Sheldon G. Sheps, M.D. (I ‘58)
Rochester, Minnesota

Jon A. van Heerden, M.B., Ch.B. (S ‘70)
Seabrook, South Carolina

2008
Andrew G. Engel, M.D. (I ’61, N ‘62)
Rochester, Minnesota

Roland W. Moskowitz, M.D. (I ‘60)
Beachwood, Ohio

Peter C. Pairolero, M.D. (S ’71, TS ‘74)
Rochester, Minnesota

Robert B. Wallace, M.D. (CS ‘64)
McLean, Virginia

2007
John Braasch, M.D., Ph.D. (S ‘55)
Lincoln, Massachusetts

Peter Dyck, M.D. (N ‘60)
Rochester, Minnesota

Robert Frye, M.D. (CV ‘62)
Rochester, Minnesota

Paul Vanhoutte, M.D., Ph.D. (PHYS ‘69)
Hong Kong, China

2006
Hubert G.W. Frohmüller, M.D., M.S. (U ‘63)
Würzburg, Germany

Robert E. Hyatt, M.D. (PHYS ’62)*
Rochester, Minnesota

Philip R. Lee, M.D. (I ‘55)
Palo Alto, California

2005
Sir Brian G. Barratt-Boyes, M.D. (S ‘55)*
Milford, New Zealand

Robert A. Kyle, M.D. (I ‘59)
Rochester, Minnesota

Richard K. Winkelmann, M.D., Ph.D. (DERM ‘56)*
Fountain Hills, Arizona

2004
Howard A. Andersen, M.D. (S ‘49, I ‘51)*
Rochester, Minnesota

Edmund Y.S. Chao, Ph.D. (OR ‘72)
Catonsville, Maryland

Kenneth G. Mann, Ph.D. (HEM ‘72)
Grand Isle, Vermont

2003
Francis J. Haddy, M.D., Ph.D. (I ‘51)*
Rochester, Minnesota

Gertrude M. Tyce, Ph.D. (BIOC ‘63)
Rochester, Minnesota

Jack P. Whisnant, M.D. (I ‘53, N ‘55)
Rochester, Minnesota

2002
Valentin Fuster, M.D., Ph.D. (I ‘72, CV ‘74)
New York, New York

Vay Liang W. Go, M.D. (I ‘67, GI ‘71)
Los Angeles, California

Kai Rehder, M.D. (I ‘58, ANES ‘60, PHYS ’61)
Vail, Colorado

2001
Robert W.M. Frater, M.B., Ch.B. (S ‘60, TS ‘61)
Bronxville, New York

Alan F. Hofmann, M.D. (GI ‘66)
La Jolla, California

John W. Joyce, M.D. (I ‘63)
Rochester, Minnesota

B. Lawrence Riggs, M.D. (I ‘62)
Rochester, Minnesota

2000
Suzanne T. Ildstad, M.D. (MED ‘78)
Louisville, Kentucky

William H. ReMine Jr., M.D. (S ‘45)*
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

John A. Washington, M.D. (M ‘68)*
Cleveland, Ohio

1999
Donato Alarcón-Segovia, M.D., M.S. (I ‘64)*
Mexico City, Mexico

Leonard T. Kurland, M.D., Ph.D. (N ‘53)*
Rochester, Minnesota

John E. Woods, M.D., Ph.D. (PLS ‘68)
Rochester, Minnesota

1998
Shahbudin H. Rahimtoola, M.B. (PHYS ‘66)
Los Angeles, California

Edward C. Rosenow III, M.D. (I ’65, THD ‘65)
Rochester, Minnesota

Robert J. White, M.D., Ph.D. (NS ‘59)*
Cleveland, Ohio

1997
Arnold S. Anderson Jr., M.D. (PD ‘50)
Scandia, Minnesota

John R. Blinks, M.D. (PHAR ‘68)*
Friday Harbor, Washington

Richard J. Reitemeier, M.D. (I ‘54)*
Rochester, Minnesota

1996
E.J. Walter Bowie, M.D. (I ‘61)*
Rochester, Minnesota

Juan Ramon de la Fuente, M.D. (P ‘80)
Mexico City, Mexico

Alexander J. Walt, M.D. (S ‘56)*
Huntington Woods, Michigan

1995
Hugh R. Butt, M.D. (I ‘38)*
Rochester, Minnesota

Harold O. Perry, M.D. (DERM ‘53)*
Rochester, Minnesota

1994
Martin A. Adson, M.D. (S ‘57)*
Rochester, Minnesota

Robert J. Ryan, M.D. (BIOC ‘67)*
Rochester, Minnesota

Harold J. C. Swan, M.D. (PHYS ‘55)*
Beverly Hills, California

1993
Norman L. Browse, M.D. (S ‘65)
London, England

Howard B. Burchell, M.D. (I ‘40)*
St. Paul, Minnesota

Edward D. Henderson, M.D. (OR ‘51)*
Rochester, Minnesota

1992
William M. Manger, M.D., Ph.D. (I ‘55)
New York City, New York

Vernon R. Mattox, Ph.D. (BIOC ‘52)*
Rochester, Minnesota

Ross H. Miller, M.D. (NS ‘54)
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

1991
James C. Hunt, M.D. (I ‘58)
Memphis, Tennessee

Robert W. Jamplis, M.D. (TS ‘53)*
Palo Alto, California

1990
Kenneth G. Berge, M.D. (I ‘55)
Rochester, Minnesota

H. Corwin Hinshaw, Ph.D., M.D. (I ‘36)*
Belvedere, California

Edward H. Lambert, M.D. (PHYS ‘43)*
Rochester, Minnesota

1989
Charles A. Owen Jr., M.D. (I ‘50)*
Rochester, MinnesotaJohn P. Utz, M.D. (I ‘52)*
Washington, D.C.

1988
Crowell Beard, M.D. (OPH ‘43)*
Redwood City, California

Hillier L. Baker, M.D. (R ‘56)*
Rochester, Minnesota

1987
Jesse E. Edwards, M.D. (PATH ‘46)*
St. Paul, Minnesota

Collin S. MacCarty, M.D. (NS ‘44)*
Rochester, Minnesota

1986
Oliver H. Beahrs, M.D. (S ‘50)*
Rochester, Minnesota

Charles C. Edwards, M.D. (S ‘56)*
La Jolla, California

1985

Mark B. Coventry, M.D. (OR ‘42)*
Rochester, Minnesota

F. Henry Ellis Jr., M.D. (TS ‘53)*

Burlington, Massachusetts

John T. Shepherd, M.D. (PHYS ‘54)*
Rochester, Minnesota

1984
Griff T. Ross, M.D., Ph.D. (I ‘60)*
Houston, Texas

Earl H. Wood, M.D., Ph.D. (PHYS ‘42)*
Rochester, Minnesota

1983
Shervert H. Frazier Jr., M.D. (P ‘57)*
Concord, Minnesota

L. Emmerson Ward, M.D. (RHEU ‘50)*
Rochester, Minnesota

1982
David C. Dahlin, M.D. (PATH ‘48)*
Rochester, Minnesota

Thomas W. McElin, M.D. (OBG ‘50)*
Chicago, Illinois

1981
John W. Kirklin, M.D. (S ‘50)*
Birmingham, Alabama

Dwight C. McGoon, M.D. (S ‘57)*
Rochester, Minnesota