Ex Officio, Executive Committee
(originally published in 2014)
Department of Anesthesiology
Professor of Anesthesiology
Dean and Designated Institutional Official, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education
Mayo Clinic in Rochester
“Focus on the best care for every patient. Regardless of status or background, every patient is a VIP deserving of our greatest effort and attention.”
- Fellowship: Mayo Foundation Scholar, Cape Town, South Africa, and London
- Residency: Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education
- Medical School: Mayo Clinic School of Medicine
- Undergraduate: Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota
Why did you decide to pursue medicine?
I elected to pursue medicine while I was in high school based on my admiration for a local physician and my interest in science.
Why did you train at Mayo Clinic?
I was thrilled to be admitted to Mayo Clinic School of Medicine after having been impressed by the institution during the interview process. The highly professional patient-centered atmosphere was very attractive.
What valuable lesson have you learned at Mayo Clinic?
Focus on the best care for every patient. Regardless of status or background, every patient is a VIP deserving of our greatest effort and attention.
I assimilated the attitudes of many mentors who strove for excellence in all their activities. The opportunities Mayo Clinic provided to grow as a clinician, administrator and educator are the core of my professional identity.
How do you contribute to the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association?
My contributions are based on my long experience at Mayo Clinic, engagement with our current and past residents and fellows, and desire to maintain a strong connection with those who trained at Mayo Clinic and share similar values.
What do you do in your spare time?
I enjoy Alpine skiing, reading, golf and travel.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I enjoy and collect Western paintings and sculpture.