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Mayo Clinic in Arizona Names New Physician CEO, Keeping 'Long-Held Tradition'

Analysis  |  By Steven Porter  
   May 01, 2019

The surgeon and professor will work closely with a chief administrative officer to devise strategy as Mayo seeks to double its operations in the region.

Richard J. Gray, MD, will take over this month as CEO of Mayo Clinic in Arizona, the world-renowned nonprofit health system announced Tuesday.

"Like others who have come before him, Dr. Gray is a testament to our long-held tradition of succession in physician leadership," Mayo Clinic board chairperson Samuel Di Piazza said in a statement.

"He is fully committed to the values that Mayo Clinic was built upon and equally inspired by all that Mayo Clinic has yet to be," Di Piazza added.

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Gray, a general surgeon and professor with a special focus on breast cancer, will work closely with Chief Administrative Officer Paula Menkosky to devise and execute a strategic vision. The pressure is on, as Mayo Clinic leaders in the Rochester, Minnesota, headquarters look to the region as a venue for significant near-term growth.

"As operations in the Southwest double in size over the next five years, Dr. Gray's experience, skill and strategic vision will be crucial to maintaining Mayo Clinic in Arizona's reputation as a destination medical center for hope and healing," said Mayo Clinic President and CEO Gianrico Farrugia, MD, who was named to his post less than nine months ago.

Gray will succeed Lois Krahn, MD, who has served as interim CEO for Mayo Clinic in Arizona since January, following the retirement of Wyatt Decker, MD.

Steven Porter is an associate content manager and Strategy editor for HealthLeaders, a Simplify Compliance brand.

Photo credit: Image provided by Mayo Clinic in Arizona


The health system is looking to double its operations in the Southwest over the next five years.

The doctor will work closely with a chief administrative officer to devise strategy moving forward.

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