Leadership Commitment

"One of the signs of a truly educated people, and a broadly educated nation, is lack of prejudice."

  • — Dr. Charles H. Mayo

For 150 years, people from all walks of life have turned to Mayo Clinic for hope and healing, and we know that each patient's journey is unique.

Each day, we are inspired by our talented staff, who bring a diverse array of knowledge and experiences to their roles and accompany our patients on these journeys. Each of these journeys points to the fact that diversity is all around us — in our patients, our employees and in the communities we serve.

Mayo Clinic is committed to meet the changing needs of our patients in order to continue to deliver the best possible care. To do so effectively, we must ensure that the patients Mayo Clinic serves and the employees we attract are as diverse as the communities in which we live and practice.

Mayo Clinic has set ambitious diversity and inclusion goals. Four goals focus on inclusion — delivering culturally appropriate care, increasing the diversity of our patients and staff, and engaging our diverse employees. Our fifth goal is to put a laser focus on identifying and eliminating health disparities. Our mission is to be recognized by our patients, our employees, our students, our suppliers and our communities as the leading model for diversity and inclusion.

Understanding diversity both challenges and lifts us to see how culture and experience has shaped us. It means not simply being diverse, but learning to work so that we benefit from this diversity. We are proud of the passion poured into this endeavor by people across our organization.

An environment of inclusion allows us to be more productive, innovative and nimble, and allows Mayo Clinic to deliver culturally competent care, enhance our research pools, improve the quality of education delivered to our learners, and, ultimately, deliver world-class, patient-focused care.

Our commitment to reach these goals, and the policies and practices put in place to support them, are indispensable in helping Mayo Clinic to put the patient first.

  1. John H. Noseworthy, M.D.

    John H. Noseworthy, M.D.

    President and CEO, Mayo Clinic

  2. Sharonne N. Hayes, M.D.

    Sharonne N. Hayes, M.D.

    Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Mayo Clinic

  3. Frederick A. Wills Jr.

    Frederick A. Wills Jr.

    Administrator, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Mayo Clinic