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)

NominateA 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 13, 2016

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, CA

Bernard Gersh, M.B., Ch.B.
(CV) ’79
Rochester, MN

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

Kristina Rother, M.D.
(PD) ’88, (PD) ’91, (PED) ’94
Kensington, MD

2014

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

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

K. Krishnan Unni, M.B.B.S.
(PATH) ’70, (SGPA) ’74
Milwaukee, WI

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

2013

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

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

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

2012
Robert G. Siekert, M.D.,
(N) ‘50
Rochester, MN

Cornelia Weyand, M.D.,
(RHEUM) ‘91
Palo Alto, CA

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

Thomas F. Luscher, M.D.,
(PHYS) ‘84
Zurich, Switzerland

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

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

Keith A. Kelly, M.D.,
(PHYS) ’67
Rochester, MN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jon A. van Heerden, M.B., Ch.B.,
(S) ‘70
Charleston, SC

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

Roland W. Moskowitz, M.D.,
(I) ’55, (R) ‘60
Beachwood, OH

Peter C. Pairolero, M.D.,
(S) ’71, (TS) ‘74
Bessemer, MI

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

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

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

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

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.
(PCC) ‘73
Rochester, MN

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

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

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

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

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

Edmund Y.S. Chao, PhD.
(OR) ‘72
Catonsville, MD

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kai Rehder, M.D.
(I) ‘58, (ANES) ‘61
Vail, CO

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

Alan F. Hofmann, M.D.
(GI) ‘77
La Jolla, CA

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

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

2000
Suzanne T. Ildstad, M.D.
(Med) ‘78
Louisville, KY

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

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

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

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

John E. Woods, M.D., Ph.D.
(Pls) ‘68
Rochester, MN

1998
Shahbudin H. Rahimtoola, M.B.
(Phys) ‘66
Los Angeles, CA

Edward C. Rosenow, III, M.D., M.S.
(Thd, I) ‘65
Rochester, MN

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

1997
Arnold S. Anderson Jr., M.D.
(Pd) ‘50
Scandia, MN

John R. Blinks, M.D.
(Phar) ‘68*
Friday Harbor, WA

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

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

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

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

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

Harold O. Perry, M.D.
(Derm) ‘53*
Rochester, MN

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

Robert J. Ryan, M.D.
(Bioc) ‘67*
Rochester, MN

Harold J. C. Swan, M.D.
(Phys) ‘55*
Beverly Hills, CA

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

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

Edward D. Henderson, M.D.
(Or) ‘51*
Rochester, MN

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

Vernon R. Mattox, Ph.D.
(Bioc) ‘52*
Rochester, MN

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

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

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

1990
H. Corwin Hinshaw, Ph.D., M.D.
(I) ‘36*
Belvedere, CA

Edward H. Lambert, M.D.
(Phys) ‘43*
Rochester, MN

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

1989
John P. Utz, M.D.
(I) ‘52*
Washington, DC

Charles A. Owen Jr., M.D.
(I) ‘50*
Rochester, MN

1988
Crowell Beard, M.D.
(Oph) ‘43*
Redwood City, CA

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

1987
Jesse E. Edwards, M.D.
(Path) ‘46*
St. Paul, MN

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

1986
Charles C. Edwards, M.D.
(S) ‘56*
La Jolla, CA

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

1985
John T. Shepherd, M.D.
(Phys) ‘54*
Rochester, MN

Mark B. Coventry, M.D.
(Or) ‘42*
Rochester, MN

F. Henry Ellis Jr., M.D.
(TS) ‘53*
Burlington, MA

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

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

1983
L. Emmerson Ward, M.D.
(RHEUM) ‘50
Rochester, MN

Shervert H. Frazier Jr., M.D.
(P) ‘57
Concord, MN

1982
Thomas W. McElin, M.D.
(ObG) ‘50*
Chicago, IL

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

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

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