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Mayo Clinic's New CEO is Gianrico Farrugia, MD

By John Commins  
   August 10, 2018

Outgoing CEO John Noseworthy, MD, will retire at the end of the year, after nine years leading the prestigious Rochester, Minnesota-based health system.

The Mayo Clinic has named Gianrico Farrugia, MD, as CEO and president.

Farrugia is the CEO of Mayo Clinic Florida, and he will succeed outgoing CEO John Noseworthy, MD, who retires at the end of this year after nine years leading the prestigious Rochester, Minnesota-based health system.  

"I am humbled and proud to follow and build upon this success with the best staff in the world," Farrugia said in a media release.

"While sea change continues to sweep through healthcare, I look forward to harnessing innovation, a hallmark of Mayo Clinic, to transform health care for the benefit of patients everywhere," he said.

Farrugia has been CEO of Mayo Clinic Florida, based in Jacksonville, since 2015, where he leads a staff of more than 6,400 people.  

"Dr. Farrugia is a visionary and servant leader who brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge ─ both as an innovator and an executive," Noseworthy said. "In partnership with our staff across Mayo Clinic, and with a deep commitment to our values and mission, he will affirm Mayo Clinic’s position as the global health care leader for generations to come."

Noseworthy is credited with leaving Mayo with a strong reputation as an elite, well-endowed health system. During his tenure as CEO, Noseworthy oversaw Mayo's transition from a holding company to a single operating company across all of its sites.

"We are deeply grateful for Dr. Noseworthy's outstanding patient-centered leadership and inspiration he provided over the past nine years,” Mayo Board of Trustees Chair Samuel Di Piazza said. "Mayo Clinic has had a tremendous track record under his leadership amidst unprecedented change in health care and is well-positioned for continued success as we make this transition."

A native of Malta, Farrugia has spent 30 years as a Mayo physician. He is jointly appointed in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Internal Medicine, and the Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering.

He is a member of the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees and Mayo Clinic Board of Governors. He also is a professor of medicine and physiology, and a faculty member in biomedical engineering at Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.  

John Commins is a senior editor at HealthLeaders.


KEY TAKEAWAYS

Farrugia has been CEO of Mayo Clinic Florida since 2015, where he leads a staff of 6,400.

Farrugia and Noseworthy will work closely in the months ahead to ensure a smooth transition at year's end.


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