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Priestley Society

The Priestley Society is a society for surgeons who have completed a residency or fellowship through the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education and includes current and emeritus staff in the Department of Surgery.

Residents and fellows who worked with Dr. James Priestley founded the Priestley Society in April 1965. Dr. Priestley, a prominent Mayo Clinic surgeon with a national and international reputation, had a great deal of enthusiasm for teaching young residents in the care of patients and the craft of surgery.

The Priestley Society consists of more than 600 Mayo surgical alumni from around the world.

Additional information about the society can be found in the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association online community.


The society meets once a year for scientific exchange and to renew friendships.


Each year, three awards — the Legacy Professorship, the ReMine Lectureship and the W. Deprez Inlow Award — are given by the Priestley Society. Learn more about Priestley Society awards.


For more information about the Priestley Society, contact:

  • Nov 9, 2012
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