Leadership pledge from Mark W. Pagnano, M.D., to support creative, innovative, motivated model of orthopedic surgery and research

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Mayo Clinic has had an outstanding track record of leadership over the past several decades with smooth, successful transitions between leaders being the expected norm. The current change is no exception, as Mark W. Pagnano, M.D., of Mayo's Rochester, Minnesota, campus assumes the post.

"Entering 2015, it is my privilege to have assumed the role of chairman, and I look to extend the incredibly effective work done by our immediate past chair, Daniel J. Berry, M.D.," Dr. Pagnano notes.

Dr. Pagnano shares his leadership vision:

For a department that prides itself on excellence in clinical care, we remain extremely productive in the realms of research and surgeon education as well.

Exceptional scholarship

Nearly 90 percent of our orthopedic consultants published at least one, and on average four, peer-reviewed scientific papers within the last year. That work is of exceptionally high quality as reflected in national research awards for excellence being garnered in the areas of hand, shoulder and elbow, hip and knee, spine, and biomechanics.

It is my vision to continue that great work by aligning incentives and systems to allow our creative, innovative and motivated surgeons and scientists to spend the vast majority of time on activities that they are both good at and like to do. They are valued.

Driven to make a difference

Individually, and collectively as a department, we are driven to make a demonstrable difference in the care of orthopedic patients at Mayo Clinic, across the country and around the world. Historically we have been exceptionally strong in the subspecialties of hand, shoulder, elbow, hip, knee and orthopedic oncology, and we remain unwavering in our commitment to those subspecialties.

Sports medicine, trauma, spine, research

It is particularly exciting, however, to witness the ascendency of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center the clinical success of our orthopedic trauma service, a re-energized research base in pediatric orthopedics, and early work around an integrated Mayo Spine Center. Our fellow orthopedic surgeons in the Mayo Clinic Health System share clinical and reputational excellence as driving goals and are an integral and valued part of our future.

It is a pleasure to share with you this newsletter highlighting some of the great work done on behalf of our patients by surgeons and scientists in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, as it points to the great future we have in patient care, education and research.