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Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. Noseworthy Looks Back at His Legacy

December 19, 2018 05:51 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The CEO of Mayo Clinic, Dr. John Noseworthy is finishing up his last few days as head of the multi-billion dollar organization.

“Every day I see the Mayo Clinic I look and I say I can’t believe I have the privilege of working here. It just has never worn off in 28 years,” he said.

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But, after a decade as CEO at one of the most prestigious medical institutions in the world, he’s turning in his badge.

He’s chosen not to go back to practicing neurology and will retire on January 1, 2019. 

“I’m going to miss it, so it’s bittersweet, but I’ve missed a lot of time with my family and I’m looking forward to that,” he said.

Dr. Noseworthy will be replaced by Dr. Gianrico Farrugia.  “My successor is ready and waiting and the organization is ready for, for a person who’s going to be investing hopefully another eight or 10 years,” he said.

In his time at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Noseworthy has overseen many big, from consolidating into a single operating company to the $1.5 billion electronic medical record conversion.

As far as the future goes, Dr. Noseworthy said he’ll be staying in Rochester, spending time with this grandkids and picking up a new hobby. “I’m actually going to start piano. I have music in my family, I’ve always wanted to play the piano, I’ve never done it and it’s now or never actually.”
It’s not necessarily goodbye to medicine forever.

“As you might imagine, word gets out that the president CEO of Mayo is going to retire and there’s interest in what I might do to help healthcare going forward,” he said.

But, it’s goodbye for now. 

“I’m focusing on looking forward but when I’m looking back I feel very, very gratified to have had this privilege. It’s been an enormous privilege to work here every single day,” he said.

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