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.
Mayo Clinic’s most significant contribution to medicine is not a device or a drug. It’s the collaborative way we work together to serve patients and advance medical science, as seen in this photo, circa 1913.
Dr. Louis Wilson made it possible to explore, diagnose and remove cancerous tissue all in one operation.
Dr. Edward Kendall was the first person in the world to isolate the iodine-containing hormone that plays a key role in treating thyroid disease.
Dr. Russell Wilder helped validate the safety of insulin and set proper dosage levels for patients, revolutionizing the treatment of diabetes.
Working in secrecy – and charging the U.S. government $1 per year – a team at Mayo Clinic developed the G-Suit (pictured above) and other innovations that helped the Allies win World War II.
Mayo Clinic developed a hospital area for patients who needed advanced care after surgery.
In his successful procedure to insert an FDA-approved artificial hip, Dr. Mark Coventry opened the era of joint replacement surgery.