Eric J. Finnesgard

Why did you choose research as a career?

I have chosen to build a research-centric career because I want to make contributions to medicine that extend beyond the bedside. Through research, I can pursue questions and have the opportunity to contribute to our understanding of disease.

What attracted you to Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences?

Strong mentorship and exciting projects in the field of my interest were key attractors. Additionally, Mayo Clinic has a rich history of fostering excellence in patient care, education and research. This is something that I wanted to share in and contribute to.

Why did you choose the clinical and translational science track?

I want my work in research to be synergistic with my clinical practice. The clinical and translational science track will provide me with the tools to realize this goal.

What do you like about Rochester?

Rochester has a friendly community, many of the perks of a larger city without the traffic and is close to great day-trip destinations.

What are your plans for the future?

I plan to pursue a career in vascular surgery at an academic medical center.