Health Care Hall of Fame Past Inductees
Inducted in 2003
Waller played an instrumental role in transforming the Mayo Clinic into the fully integrated national healthcare system that it is today. Until 1986, the Mayo Clinic hadn't even owned a hospital—until Waller became a key proponent for diversification as part of Mayo's board of trustees. Two years later, Waller became president and CEO of the Mayo Foundation. Ever modest, Waller once said, “CEOs at Mayo are not the traditional chief executives you see in business and the corporate world. You have to understand that as I progressed through the leadership ranks. I was part of a team.” In 1993, Waller was appointed to the Jackson Hole Group, a well-known healthcare think tank. He also served two years as chairman of the Healthcare Leadership Council, and would later serve as an adviser on President George W. Bush's transition advisory team.