In May 1863, while the Battle of Chancellorsville was raging in Virginia and shortly before the climactic Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania, an English-born, Minnesota-based physician named William Worrall Mayo, M.D., signed an oath of office. By appointment of President Abraham Lincoln, he agreed to serve as an examining surgeon for the Union Army.

By Alyssa Frank • June 1, 2017

Since 1987, falcons have found a home on top of the tall buildings of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. During nesting season (approximately mid-March to late June), a live camera offers 24/7, real-time views of where they live and raise their young.

By Alyssa Frank • May 25, 2017

May marks the fifth anniversary of the Mayo Clinic app—hailed by tech specialists and consumers alike as “what every patient app should be.” But Mayo’s leadership in telephone communications dates back much farther.

By Alyssa Frank • May 18, 2017

When Saint Marys Hospital opened on September 30, 1889, it included the city’s first operating room that wasn’t also someone’s bedroom or office.

By Alyssa Frank • May 11, 2017

Given the stature of Mayo Clinic, it can be surprising to learn that this name was not developed by a high-powered consulting firm. Audience analytics and focus group metrics played no part in creating it. For that matter, even the people who worked at Mayo Clinic did not come up with the title. Instead, the name originated in an informal, grass-roots manner.

By Alyssa Frank • May 4, 2017

Opened in 1928, the Plummer Building is an iconic symbol of Mayo Clinic, designated as a National Historic Landmark. It is named for Henry S. Plummer, M.D., the “diversified genius” who designed it and who created many of the systems and procedures—such as the medical record and registration system—still in use at Mayo Clinic today.

By Alyssa Frank • April 27, 2017

Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, is one day when most folks pay particularly close attention to protecting the environment. This year, we're finding inspiration in the Sisters of Saint Francis who helped raise money for the Poverello Fund by recycling aluminum cans.

By Alyssa Frank • April 20, 2017

When making an announcement or accepting a professional recognition, William J. Mayo, M.D., and Charles Mayo, M.D., often spoke in terms of “my brother and I” and “our father taught us.” These statements are some of the institution’s earliest examples of teamwork, collaboration, and mentoring—qualities that remain key aspects of Mayo Clinic today. But the question arises: "If the Mayo brothers learned from their father, what were the influences that shaped his values?"

By Alyssa Frank • April 13, 2017

According to the 1941 biography, The Doctors Mayo, Rochester, Minnesota, has been a medical destination for decades. Author Helen Clapesattle describes a visitor's first impressions upon arriving in Rochester.

By Alyssa Frank • April 6, 2017

Intense changes roiled the world in March 1917, including Mayo Clinic. For several years, the Mayo brothers had seen the need to create formal programs in advanced education for physicians. They created an entity called the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.

By Alyssa Frank • March 30, 2017

Ever since Mayo Clinic was established, the institution's goal has been to provide outstanding care to its patients and offer superior education programs that ensure the success of the next generation of medical professionals. Read more about the history of Mayo's School of Graduate Medical Education.

By Alyssa Frank • March 23, 2017

In December 2015, the bronze statue, "Mayo Ancestors,” featuring William Worrall Mayo, M.D., and sons William Mayo, M.D., and Charles Mayo, M.D., was unveiled in a dedication ceremony in the Heritage Plaza on the Phoenix campus.

By Alyssa Frank • March 16, 2017

In 1986, Mayo Clinic's year-old liver transplant program was growing to be one of the largest in the world. Take a step back to 1986 by reading this article from the February issue of Mayovox.

By Alyssa Frank • March 9, 2017