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William James Mayo

William James Mayo (1861-1939)

WILLIAM JAMES MAYO (1861-1939) was born in LeSeur, Minnesota. In partnership with his brother, Charles H. Mayo, he began the group practice of medicine and surgery which resulted in the formation of the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation. He received his M.D. degree in 1883 and an M.A. degree from the University of Michigan. He pursued an M. A. at the New York Postgraduate Medical School. He served in the following leadership roles in his profession: Minnesota Medical Association - President, American Medical Association - President, American College of Surgeons - President, American Surgical Association - President. He gained international fame in surgery, especially surgery of the gastrointestinal tract.

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