The items below feature news related to Mayo Clinic's Department of Defense Medical Research Office. These items were issued by Mayo Clinic. For news about the center from other sources, visit the Mayo Clinic News Network.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Promotion highlights two special relationships

Maxwell H. Smith, Administrative Services, was at Mayo Clinic for a yearlong residency as part of the Army-Baylor University Graduate Program in Health and Business Administration.

During the residency, he was selected for promotion to major in the U.S. Army. An event marking his achievement was held in the Mayo Clinic Historical Suite, located in the Plummer Building. He was sworn in by his father, retired Cmdr. Michael Smith, U.S. Coast Guard.

“It was a great way to highlight the long and successful relationship between the military and Mayo Clinic,” says Major Smith.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Developing advanced prosthetics for amputees

Even though doctors performed an above-knee amputation, U.S. Army Stg. 1st Class Daniel Metzdorf continued his military service and graduated from an elite parachute team, thanks to a state-of-the-art prosthetic leg.

Sgt. Metzdorf credits his success to a positive attitude and the team of experts in the Limb Lab at Mayo Clinic.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Mayo Clinic named a Yellow Ribbon Company for its support of the military

Mayo Clinic is the first health care organization in Minnesota to receive official recognition from Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, a program dedicated to connecting service members and their families with support, training and resources in their communities. Designation as a Yellow Ribbon Company recognizes Mayo Clinic's long history of military support and reflects Mayo's recent implementation of a state-approved action plan to become even more involved with veterans.

Mayo has an ongoing tradition of supporting service members not only if they become patients, but also when they return from deployment and transition back into the workforce and civilian life. "To be named a Yellow Ribbon Company is a distinct honor," said John H. Noseworthy, M.D., president and CEO of Mayo Clinic. "Throughout our history, Mayo Clinic has been proud to serve, and serve with, the U.S. military. The risks and challenges faced by our military are very different today, but our passion for supporting the country and aiding and protecting its troops is unchanged."

Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

Mayo Clinic and the military
Mayo employees include soldiers and veterans who are active in the Veterans Mayo Employee Resource Group. They provide opportunities for medical education and knowledge exchange, and perform research and innovation in areas such as aerospace medicine, among other important contributions.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Mayo Clinic Department of Defense Medical Research Office trauma surgeon and retired Air Force colonel improves transition between phases of care
Retired Col. Donald Jenkins, M.D., medical director of the Mayo Clinic Trauma Center, helped create the military's first coordinated trauma system, which cares for and transports wounded soldiers over long distances. He now is drawing on that experience to develop a similar system for trauma care in southeastern Minnesota and surrounding areas.

Friday, Nov. 8, 2013

Marching orders in Mayo education
Mayo Clinic's tradition of support for and cooperation with the U.S. military stretches back to Dr. William W. Mayo and continues today with Mayo Clinic College of Medicine's recruitment of veterans, military training in Mayo's simulation centers, and multiple ongoing collaborations. Training in teamwork is one of many sought-after skills that military personnel bring to Mayo.

Encouraging veterans to apply for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine programs is just the beginning. Branches of the armed forces use Mayo Multidisciplinary Simulation Centers to train in mass casualty situations. Mayo anesthesiologists educate residents in military programs when their professors are deployed. Military officers earning their Masters in Healthcare Administration complete clinical rotations in Florida and Rochester. These are just a few examples connecting Mayo and the military, and more programs are in the works.

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013

Michael J. Joyner, M.D., explains how his team is working to help medics in battlefield situations decide when to most effectively perform blood transfusions and how much blood to give.

Friday, Aug. 5, 2011

Soldiers from a frontline trauma unit hone their skills at Mayo Clinic
Soldiers from the 945th Forward Surgical Team, a frontline trauma unit based out of Fort Snelling, Minn., that has been to Iraq twice, trained at Mayo Clinic Simulation Center in Rochester. According to Walter Franz, III, M.D., Family Medicine, and commander of the 945th Forward Surgical Team, this is the first military training exercise that he is aware of at Mayo Clinic Simulation Center.

Mayo Clinic and Gold Cross employees helped train soldiers during the exercise.

Friday, July 18, 2008

The flag of angels
Walter Franz III, M.D., Family Medicine, recently presented Operation Iraqi Freedom: Battlefield to Bedside at the Department of Nursing Grand Rounds. Following his presentation, Dr. Franz presented an American flag and framed dedication. The flag was brought back from the Angel Tent in Iraq, where all wounded patients pass through for treatment. Dr. Franz described the Angel Tent as a place where nurses and all of us worked to take the horrors of war and restore people.

Dr. Franz, a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, has been mobilized twice for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He returned to Iraq in November 2008 as commander of the 945th Forward Surgical Team.