Friday, February 17, 2012
The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees welcomed a new member and named its 2012 officers during a meeting today. The board also named three internal trustees, thanked a retiring trustee for his service and recognized three awardees of Mayo Clinic named professorships.
Bill George was welcomed as a new external trustee. He will serve a two-year term. George is a professor of management practice at Harvard Business School, where he has taught leadership courses since 2004. He is the author of several best-selling books and is the former chair and chief executive officer of Medtronic. He joined Medtronic in 1989 as president and chief operating officer, was CEO from 1991 to 2001 and board chair from 1996 to 2002.
Steven Buskirk, M.D., a radiation oncologist at Mayo Clinic in Florida, was named an internal trustee and will serve a four-year term. Robert Nesse, M.D., CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System, and Robert Brigham, chair of administration at Mayo Clinic in Florida, were elected to one-year terms as internal trustees.
The Board of Trustees named Mayo Clinic's officers for 2012. They are Marilyn Carlson Nelson, chair; John Noseworthy, M.D., president and chief executive officer; vice presidents: Shirley Weis, chief administrative officer; William Rupp, M.D.; and Wyatt Decker, M.D.; Jeffrey Bolton, chief financial officer; Jonathan Oviatt, secretary; and Harry Hoffman, treasurer.
The trustees also honored three Mayo Clinic named professors.
Robert Jenkins, M.D., Ph.D., consultant, Department of Laboratory Science and Pathology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, is recognized as the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Professor in Individualized Medicine Research. Through the legacy of the late Ting Tsung Chao, who founded the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation, Wei Fong Chao, their three children and seven adult grandchildren have promoted charitable work with grant support in various parts of the world. The Chao family supports education and research, particularly in medicine, to relieve human suffering and improve people's lives.
Dr. Jenkins serves as director of Mayo Clinic Cytogenetics Shared Resources at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and associate director of the Cytogenetics Laboratory. Dr. Jenkins has a longtime interest in the biology and genetics of human gliomas and prostate cancer. He is internationally known for his research and for developing a test widely used to diagnose and predict such tumors' response to therapy. He also studies the biology of chromosome 8 alteration in prostate cancer. He holds five patents.
Jorge Rakela, M.D., an internist, gastroenterologist and hepatologist at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, is the Getz Family Research Professor. Sandy and Bert Getz of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Libertyville, Ill., are longtime benefactors of Mayo Clinic. Getz is CEO and director of Globe Corp and former chair of Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees.
Dr. Rakela has more than 20 years of experience in transplant medicine. His research focuses on hepatitis viruses, development of new therapies for chronic viral hepatitis in immunocompetent and transplant patients, and recurrence of hepatic diseases after transplants. He also investigated the interaction between the hepatitis C virus and HIV in patients infected with both viruses. Dr. Rakela has served as co-editor of Liver Transplantation, an official journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. He also served in several positions in the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, the American Gastroenterological Association and the Governing Council for the International Liver Transplantation Society.
Kenneth Wang, M.D., consultant of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, is recognized as the Russ and Kathy Van Cleve Professor of Gastroenterology Research with a preference for interventional endoscopy research. The Van Cleves, who founded Empire Homes in Southern California and built homes for 20 years before selling the company in 2007, now manage their personal real estate and investment portfolios and a venture capital enterprise. Dr. Wang is director of the Barrett's Esophagus Unit and Advanced Endoscopy Group. He has served as editor of the Diseases of the Esophagus, and associate editor of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology and American Journal of Gastroenterology. Dr. Wang has authored nearly 500 publications, book chapters and abstracts.
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