Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees Names Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., Mayo Clinic Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Mayo Clinic’s Campus in Jacksonville, Florida

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Newswise — JACKSONVILLE, Fla., and ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees has named Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., Mayo Clinic vice president and chief executive officer of Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Farrugia succeeds William Rupp, M.D., who will retire from Mayo Clinic at the end of 2014. The announcement was made today at the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees quarterly meeting where the board also recognized four recipients of Mayo Clinic named professorships.

“Dr. Farrugia brings a wealth of experience to his new role,” says John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic president and chief executive officer. “He is a physician-leader who brings to this important role a deep commitment to Mayo’s values, mission and strategic vision, along with a passion to lead and equip teams to reach more patients and strengthen Mayo Clinic’s position as a global health care leader. He has a strong commitment to continuing Dr. Rupp’s legacy of involvement and leadership in the Jacksonville community.”

Dr. Farrugia has been with Mayo Clinic for more than 26 years as a physician in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Division of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Rochester, Minnesota. He is also a professor of medicine as well as physiology and biomedical engineering. Dr. Farrugia has served in numerous leadership roles at Mayo Clinic with multisite responsibilities, both in his specialty and at the organizational leadership level. He currently serves as director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine and director of Mayo Clinic’s Enteric Neuroscience Program. He previously served as research chair of the Department of Medicine.

In his new role, Dr. Farrugia will work with Bob Brigham, chief administrative officer in Florida, to provide leadership and direction, defining and implementing Mayo Clinic’s operational plan and continuing to expand Mayo Clinic’s leadership and reach in the Southeast and beyond.

“Dr. Farrugia is a tremendously talented, proven and energetic leader,” says Dr. Rupp. “His overall vision for the Florida campus and his creative ideas for seeking new ways to improve the way we deliver high-quality health care to our patients will make for a very bright future for our campus and Mayo Clinic.”

Dr. Farrugia and Dr. Rupp, who has served as chief executive officer of Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus since 2008, will work together closely in the coming months to ensure a smooth transition. Dr. Farrugia will assume his new role on Jan. 1, 2015.

“We deeply appreciate Dr. Rupp’s commitment to our patients, staff and communities during his distinguished career at Mayo Clinic,” says Dr. Noseworthy. “He has brought compassion, discipline, optimism and a focus on operational excellence to his leadership roles at the local, regional and enterprise level. Dr. Rupp is a valued colleague and friend, and we wish him well in retirement. I know our entire Mayo Clinic staff joins me in congratulating Dr. Farrugia on his new role and in thanking Dr. Rupp for his many contributions.”

The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees also recognized four new named professorships, the highest academic distinction for faculty members at Mayo Clinic, during its quarterly meeting today:

* Michael Brodsky, M.D., a physician with joint appointments in the Department of Neurology and Department of Ophthalmology, is recognized as the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc. Professorship in Ophthalmology Research.

* Douglas Husmann, M.D., Department of Urology, is recognized as the Anson L. Clark Professor in Urology.

* Kerry D. Olsen, M.D., chair of the Division of Head and Neck Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology, is recognized as the Joseph I. and Barbara Ashkins Professor in Surgery.

* Ulrich Specks, M.D., chair of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine within the Department of Internal Medicine, is recognized as the Connor Group Foundation Professor in Thoracic Diseases Honoring Claude Deschamps, M.D. and Eric Edell, M.D.

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