Maria D. Mendoza De La Garza, M.D.


  1. Rochester, Minnesota



Dr. Mendoza is a geriatrician who practices across the continuum of care, in the outpatient clinic, skilled nursing facilities and homebound care settings.

She is the Senior Services physician lead for the Performance Improvement and Metrics Oversight Group and has a strong interest to improve patient care and implement innovative best practices during transitions of care to advance high-value patient care.

In addition to her clinical activities, Dr. Mendoza is active in research and holds the academic rank of Assistant Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. She is involved in education working with the internal medicine residents and geriatric medicine fellows. She is the Mayo Clinic Alix Medical School of Medicine Senior Sages Program Co-Director. She is a member of the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Recruitment Committee and the director of the Clinical Competency Committee for the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship.

  • Long-term care
  • Home-based care
  • Ethno-geriatrics
  • Dementia
  • End-of-life care
  • Polypharmacy
  1. 2020
    Certificate - Fall 2020 Online Core Curriculum on Medical Direction in post-acute and long-term care setting (PALTC). Comprehensive instruction on management and leadership within the post-acute and long-term care setting.AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine
  2. 2018
    CertificateCenter for Translational Science Activities (CTSA) Postdoctoral Certificate Program, Mayo Graduate School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  3. 2018
    FellowGeriatric Medicine Fellowship Program, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  4. 2016
    Internship/Residency - Internal Medicine ResidencyMetrowest Medical Center
  5. 2010
    MDUniversidad Autonoma de Chihuahua


  1. 2017
    Geriatric MedicineAmerican Board of Internal Medicine
  2. 2016
    Internal MedicineAmerican Board of Internal Medicine

Awards and honors

  1. 2017
    Geriatric Medicine Achievement AwardMayo Clinic College of Medicine (Rochester, MN)
  2. 2017
    2017 Foundation Futures Program ScholarshipThe Society for Post Acute Care and Long Term Care (AMDA)
  3. 2016
    Humanism AwardMetrowest Medical Center

Professional memberships

  1. 2021 - present
    Program Committee MemberAmerican Academy of Home Care Medicine
  2. 2020 - present
    MemberAmerican Academy of Home Care Medicine
  3. 2019 - present
    Co-DirectorMayo Medical School Senior Sages Program
  4. 2019 - present
    MemberAmerican Geriatrics Society Education Subcommittee
  5. 2018 - present
    Active Staff MemberSoutheast Quadrant CTP/Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Team
  6. 2018 - present
    Active Staff MemberSouthwest Quadrant CTP/Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Team
  7. 2018 - present
    MemberGeriatric Medicine Fellowship Recruitment Committee
  8. 2018 - present
    DirectorClinical Competency Committee, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship
  9. 2017 - present
    MemberEuropean Union Geriatric Medicine Society
  10. 2016 - present
    MemberZumbro Valley Medical Society
  11. 2014 - present
    MemberAmerican Geriatrics Society (AGSF)
  12. 2013 - present
    MemberAmerican College of Physicians (ACP)