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Health Care Hall of Fame

Charles Mayo
Inducted in 2009

Charles Mayo
1865-1939
Inducted in 2009


The legacy of Charles Mayo, along with his older brother William, lives on in the world-renown Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

The brothers put the focus of healthcare squarely on the patient with their “Patient comes first philosophy.”

One of the major quality initiatives the brothers developed was aseptic surgery techniques that helped lead to low mortality rates. They also instituted a flat-salary system for physicians to promote a team concept.

Charles Mayo was known as the calming presence who “smoothed the feathers that Will sometimes ruffled,” according to one Mayo biography.

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