Cody C. Wyles, M.D.

Why did you choose research as a career?

Research provides the opportunity to progress in your field and make a lasting contribution to medicine. It is challenging and requires creativity, critical thinking and collaboration. There is definitely delayed gratification with this work, but nothing is more satisfying than making a new discovery.

What attracted you to Mayo Graduate School?

Mayo is an outstanding institution that continually integrates world-class clinical care with research. The resources and infrastructure are amazing, and it truly lives up to its motto that "The needs of the patient come first." I feel lucky to be training here every day.

Why did you choose the clinical and translational science track?

The clinical and translational science track was a perfect fit for me because it describes exactly what type of research I want to pursue. My clinical practice will inform my research and vice versa, enabling a translational approach.

The skill set required to do this effectively is unique, and this track is one of the few in the country specifically designed to provide that training.

What do you like about living in Rochester, Minnesota?

I grew up on the West Coast in a farm town of 600 people before moving to Seattle for college. Rochester is the perfect fit for me between these two extremes. This place has everything I need in a city while still being small enough to feel personal and genuine — I even met my wife here.

What are your plans for the future?

My plan is to pursue a career in academic orthopedic surgery where I can spend time in clinical practice, research and teaching.