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 discovery and publications 
  • Reached leadership in his or her field 
  • Demonstrated professional and personal integrity 
  • Community service involvement
  • Able to attend the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Alumni Award dinner (held annually, typically in October)

*Mayo Clinic staff who are members of the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association are ineligible unless retired or 70 years of age or older.

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:

  • completed nomination form 
  • nomination letter summarizing the nominee’s attributes and accomplishments 
  • 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 September 4, 2019

20192019 award winners

S. Ann Colbourne, M.D. (I ’93, ADGM ’94)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Timothy O’Brien, M.D., Ph.D. (ENDO ’93)
Galway, Ireland

Franklyn Prendergast, M.D., Ph.D. (BIOC ’77)
Broomfield, Colorado

Patricia Simmons, M.D. (PD ’80, PDE ’82)
Lakewood, Washington

Joseph Szurszewski, Ph.D. (PHYS ’73)
Rochester, Minnesota

Enrique Wolpert, M.D. (GI ’69)
Mexico City, Mexico

 

 

20182018 award winners

Robert Avant, M.D. (FM ’77)
Bonita Springs, Florida

C. Terrence Dolan, M.D. (M ’68, PATH ’68)
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Judith Kaur, M.D. (ONCL ’94)
Jacksonville, Florida

Vanda Lennon, M.D., Ph.D. (N ’78)
Rochester, Minnesota

Chung Owyang, M.D. (GI ’78)
Ann Arbor, Michigan

 

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

 

20162016 award winners

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 ‘78)
Indianapolis, Indiana

 

 

 

 

 

20152015 award winners

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

 

 

20142014 award winners

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

 

20122012 winners

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 ‘55)*
Fountain Hills, Arizona

 

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

Edmund Y.S. Chao, Ph.D. (ORR ‘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 ‘59, 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, RHEU ’65)*
Mexico City, Mexico

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

John E. Woods, M.D., Ph.D. (S ’66, PLS ‘68)
Rochester, Minnesota

 

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

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

Robert J. White, M.D., Ph.D. (NS ‘58)*
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 ‘36)*
Rochester, Minnesota

Harold O. Perry, M.D. (DERM ‘52)*
Rochester, Minnesota

 

1994
Martin A. Adson, M.D. (S ‘55)*
Rochester, Minnesota

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

Harold J. C. Swan, M.D. (PHYS ‘51)*
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 ‘50)*
Rochester, Minnesota

 

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

Vernon R. Mattox, Ph.D. (BIOC ‘42)*
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. (S ’51, TS ‘52)*
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, Minnesota

John P. Utz, M.D. (I ‘52)*
Washington, D.C.

 

1988
Hillier L. Baker, M.D. (R ‘51)*
Rochester, Minnesota

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

 

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. (CRS ’54, S ‘56)*
La Jolla, California

 

1985

Mark B. Coventry, M.D. (S ’39, 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 ‘59)*
Houston, Texas

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

 

1983
Shervert H. Frazier Jr., M.D. (i ’53, P ‘55)*
Concord, Minnesota

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

 

1982
David C. Dahlin, M.D. (PATH ‘47)*
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