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Hench Society

The Hench Society, a Mayo Clinic Alumni Association (MCAA) alumni group, was formed to foster collegiality among alumni of the Mayo Clinic Division of Rheumatology.

The society also promotes education in and advancement of the field of rheumatology and recognizes outstanding achievement of Mayo rheumatology alumni. Members consist of Mayo rheumatology faculty, graduates and trainees from all Mayo campuses.

More information about the Hench Society can be found in the MCAA online community.


The society is named after rheumatologist Dr. Philip Hench, who was on the Mayo Clinic staff from 1926 to 1957. Dr. Hench served as head of Mayo's rheumatology department for all but the final four years of his Mayo tenure.

In 1950, Dr. Hench and Mayo collaborator Dr. Edward Kendall were part of a trio that received the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine in recognition of their work in isolating cortisone and using it as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.


The Hench Society meets annually in conjunction with the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting, as well as periodically at MCAA functions.


For more information about the Hench Society, contact:

  • Nov 9, 2012
  • ART065364