Arizona Accelerates Progress With New CEO

Richard J. Gray, M.D., looks out over Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus, which is undergoing a period of tremendous evolution and growth. “The Arizona campus is vibrant, innovative and collaborative, and I could not be more proud to lead this team because I share their unrelenting passion for the best in patient care,” says Dr. Gray, the new CEO of Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

“That’s why I’m truly excited about our ‘Arizona. Bold. Forward.’ capital expansion plan. This is an opportunity to propel us toward something greater. While maintaining everything that makes Mayo Clinic the world leader in health care, we are forging a new way to practice medicine with innovative spaces, technology and ideas that were previously unimaginable,” he says.

Dr. Gray, a professor of surgery in Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, is deeply involved in the education of physicians and profoundly dedicated to cancer research and care. Dr. Gray first came to Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus in 1995 as a surgical intern, and he completed his residency in general surgery through Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education in Arizona. As a Mayo Foundation Scholar, Dr. Gray also completed a fellowship in surgical oncology at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida and then returned to join the Mayo Clinic faculty in 2001.

“Dr. Gray is uniquely positioned to serve Mayo Clinic in Arizona and the institution. As operations in the Southwest double in size over the next five years, his skill and experience combined with his collaborative spirit and strategic vision are crucial to maintaining and expanding Arizona’s reputation as a destination medical center for hope and healing,” says Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., Mayo Clinic president and CEO.

As the CEO for Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Dr. Gray provides leadership and strategy, defines and implements Mayo Clinic’s operational plan, and expands Mayo Clinic’s leadership in the Southwest. He also partners with Dr. Farrugia; Kent R. Thielen, M.D., CEO of Mayo Clinic in Florida; and Bobbie S. Gostout, M.D., president, Mayo Clinic Health System.

Dr. Gray and his wife, Kathryn, have three sons. He grew up on a cattle ranch in Michigan, the youngest of seven, with six older sisters.

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