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O'Leary Society

The O'Leary Society was founded in March 2004 to honor Dr. Paul O'Leary — a leader among medical educators — as well as to increase in the Department of Dermatology alumni participation, collegiality and philanthropy that directly supports research and education.

Membership to the O'Leary Society is given to:

  • Individuals who complete a Mayo Clinic dermatology residency or a one-year training program in any recognized subspecialty in the Department of Dermatology
  • Mayo Clinic dermatology staff not trained at Mayo (eligible after one year of service)
  • Mayo Medical School graduates certified by the American Board of Dermatology
  • Department of Dermatology residents in training
  • Honorary members who are nominated and accepted as worthy


From 1924 to 1953, Dr. O'Leary headed the Mayo Clinic Section of Dermatology and Syphilology, known today as the Mayo Clinic Department of Dermatology. Under his astute leadership and clinical acumen, the department was built to worldwide pre-eminence as a center for dermatologic disease. Subsequent chairs and faculty of the department have continued his example.

The O'Leary Society is dedicated to continuing Dr. O'Leary's legacy of professionalism, personal integrity, scholarly teaching, research and sincere concern for all patients entrusted to his care. The society hopes these enduring qualities — the very essence of Mayo Clinic — will inspire and enrich the lives of all members who embrace the vision of this great leader and the legacy left to the Department of Dermatology.


The O'Leary Society hosts an alumni reception and society dinner every year during the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting. Details are sent to society members every winter and can also be found on the O'Leary Society page in the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association online community.


For more information about the O'Leary Society, contact:

  • Nov 9, 2012
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