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John H. Noseworthy, M.D.  

Neurologist and Former President and CEO Mayo Clinic

Dr. John H. Noseworthy is a neurologist and former president and chief executive officer of the Mayo Clinic (2009-2018), a not-for-profit organization operating in six states that is dedicated to medical care, research, and education. Every year, more than a million people from all 50 states and nearly 150 countries come to Mayo Clinic for care.

In 2019 it was announced Noseworthy would join the United Health Group Board of Directors.

Prior to assuming the role of President, Dr. Noseworthy served as the chair of the Mayo Clinic’s Department of Neurology, medical director of the Department of Development, and vice chair of the Mayo Clinic Rochester Executive Board.

During his tenure as CEO, Dr. Noseworthy and his leadership team created a strategic plan designed to ensure that the Mayo Clinic remains a trusted resource for patients amid a rapidly changing health care environment – extending Mayo’s mission to new populations, providing care through more efficient delivery models, and increasing the personalization and immediacy of health care for all people. Examples of new initiatives include a proton beam cancer therapy program with two treatment centers – one in Phoenix and one in Rochester, Minn. – and development of a Mayo Clinic-affiliated network of high-quality medical practices throughout the country.

Dr. Noseworthy is a professor in the Department of Neurology. He specializes in multiple sclerosis and has spent more than two decades designing and conducting controlled clinical trials with generous support from the Medical Research Council of Canada, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (USA) and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Noseworthy also is the author of more than 150 research papers, chapters, editorials and several books, including the three-volume textbook Neurological Therapeutics: Principles and Practice now in its second edition. He also served as editor-in-chief for Neurology, the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Born in Melrose, Mass., Dr. Noseworthy received the M.D. degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He completed his neurology training at Dalhousie University and the University of Western Ontario, and a research fellowship at Harvard Medical School. He joined Mayo Clinic in 1990. He has received the Alumnus of the Year award from Dalhousie University (2005) and an honorary director of science degree from the University of Western Ontario (2012). He is a Health Governor of the World Economic Forum.

Dr. Noseworthy and his wife, Patricia, have two sons, Peter and Mark.


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