Mayo Clinic's approach

Multidisciplinary team

Mayo Clinic recognized for expertise in life support

Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota have awards as Centers of Excellence in life support from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization, also called ELSO.

Learn more about the ELSO award program. The Center of Excellence award is an indication of Mayo's exceptional care of people who need ECMO and its commitment to innovation and quality.

Mayo Clinic care providers with training in a many specialties work together as a multidisciplinary team to provide coordinated, comprehensive care. Cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons may work with respiratory care specialists, pulmonologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers and others to provide your care.


Mayo Clinic offers one of the largest groups of cardiovascular surgeons, cardiologists, pulmonologists and critical care specialists in the United States. Mayo Clinic has more than 20 years' experience in giving ECMO to infants, children and adults.

Expertise and rankings

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, are ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart care and heart surgery and pulmonology by U.S. News & World Report.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.

Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

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Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota

Mayo Clinic Health System

Clinical trials

Explore Mayo Clinic studies of tests and procedures to help prevent, detect, treat or manage conditions.

June 15, 2024
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Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)