W. Oliver Tobin, M.B., B.Ch, BAO, Ph.D.

  • Senior Associate Consultant, Department of Neurology
  • Assistant Professor of Neurology
  • Kern Health Care Delivery Scholar

Research focus:

Multiple sclerosis and telemedicine

Mentorship team:

What moment or experience in your life influenced your decision to be a clinician?

While no specific moment or experience influenced my decision, I have always been inspired by great medical and policy decisions that have improved the lives of countless people. The impact of defining the disease of multiple sclerosis (MS) by Jean-Martin Charcot over 150 years ago profoundly affects our practice and the lives of patients today.

What motivated you to become a Kern Health Care Delivery Scholar?

The Kern Health Care Delivery Scholar Program offers an unparalleled opportunity to shape the future of modern health care. Having worked in several different health care systems, the challenges of resource limitations are quite apparent to me.

My work as a Kern Scholar focuses on how to provide the very best care at the best value possible. This will allow us to share Mayo Clinic expertise widely and allow more patients access to excellent health care. The Kern Health Care Delivery Scholar Program is simply the best program to facilitate this work.

Tell us about your mentoring team.

We have an excellent team in place to help identify the best and most efficient way to deliver care to patients with MS over the course of their disease.

For example, Dr. Cheville brings a wealth of knowledge in the area of care delivery. Her ongoing Collaborative Care to Preserve Performance in Cancer (COPE) study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, is evaluating a new paradigm of telecare for patients with cancer, with the goal of early intervention to prevent complications of the disease or treatment.

Dr. Lucchinetti was recently awarded the coveted John Dystel Prize for Multiple Sclerosis Research. She not only runs an excellent translational science program focusing on the neuropathology and clinical correlation of MS and related diseases, but is also the chair of the Department of Neurology, with a keen insight into the challenges and opportunities facing patients and health care providers.

What is your focus as a scholar within the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery?

As part of our MS research in the Mayo Clinic Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, I focus on health care delivery to patients with progressive forms of multiple sclerosis using novel care models, aimed at promoting wellness, delivering the best quality care at the best value.

How will your research improve patient care or impact public health?

Patients with MS face innumerable challenges over the course of their illness. This research aims to make health care work for patients and provide the best value possible.

Why did you choose Mayo Clinic to pursue your career?

Mayo Clinic as an institution offers unsurpassed levels of care, which is primarily due to the positive culture of collaboration and the flat hierarchy in which all employees operate. The Mayo Clinic primary value — "the needs of the patient come first" — is embodied by all staff that I have worked with. Whether in research, education or practice, this means that delivering excellent care to patients is foremost in everyone's mind.