Rochester, Minnesota


Allen.Summer@mayo.edu Clinical Profile


The research interests of Summer V. Allen, M.D., include understanding how to improve the patient experience, engage the patient in the care process, and on innovations in health care delivery. Dr. Allen also has a research focus on women's health and education.

Focus areas

  • Engaging and activating patients
  • Patient experience
  • Minimally disruptive medicine
  • Shared decision-making
  • Health care delivery models
  • Breast cancer

Significance to patient care

By utilizing a shared decision-making model, Dr. Allen is working to guide patients in their options for breast cancer screenings. Her work in minimally disruptive medicine seeks to reduce the burden of illness and treatment for patients by focusing on the pursuit of patient goals and capacity-based support. She is working to improve the patient's experience as he or she interacts with the health care system and engages in personal health decisions.

Dr. Allen's research will progress the understanding that patients define health as a state of wellness, and not the absence of disease. Her work aims to engage patients in the health care delivery process and to translate this into how care is provided.

Clinical Studies

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Primary Appointment

  1. Consultant, Department of Family Medicine

Academic Rank

  1. Assistant Professor of Family Medicine


  1. Resident - Family Medicine Residency Program Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  2. MD Mayo Medical School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  3. Bachelor - Nutritional Sciences University of Florida
  4. BA - Attended Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University MPF six-week program, which included Anatomy and Physiology course taught by the medical school, Public Speaking and Communications course at Rice University and the opportunity to work in the hospital with a doctor in the specialty of your choice. AAMC Minority Premedical Forum, Association of American Medical Colleges

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