Contributions to Medicine
People often ask: “What are Mayo Clinic’s most significant accomplishments?” Here are examples from throughout our history. Visit this site again, as we continue to build out the descriptions. For a list of 150 contributions to medicine, assembled during the Mayo Clinic Sesquicentennial, download or print the attached pdf document.
Developed a rapid way to diagnose surgical specimens (frozen section pathology), allowing Mayo Clinic surgeons to explore, diagnose and repair all in one operation
Recommended preoperative treatment of exophthalmic goiter (Graves’ Disease) with iodine, introducing a new era in thyroid treatment
Demonstrated the link between insulin and diabetes, one of the first to use insulin in diabetes treatment
Isolated cortisone, a hormone from the adrenal gland, leading to the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases with dramatic results. Two Mayo Clinic staff members – a research scientist and a clinician – shared the 1950 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of cortisone
Pioneered the concept of a dedicated postoperative intensive care unit for patients
Performed the first FDA-approved total hip arthroplasty in the United States, heralding the advent of joint replacement