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Health Care Hall of Fame

William Mayo
Inducted in 2009

William Mayo
1861-1939
Inducted in 2009


The legacy of William Mayo, along with his younger brother, Charles, lives on in the world-renown Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

The inseparable brothers lived by a philosophy of putting the patient first. The Mayos implemented a system that saw high volumes of patients but which produced low mortality rates. Eventually the Mayos began a fellowship program that helped lead to the current structure of post-graduate, formal specialty training.

William Mayo became president of the American Medical Association in 1906. The Mayo brothers lived next door to each other and died in the same year.

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