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Mayo Clinic History & Heritage

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In 1864, William Worrall Mayo, M.D., settled his family and opened a medical practice in Rochester, Minn. Dr. Mayo was dedicated to serving patients and advancing medical science through education and research. He and his wife, Louise, passed their pioneering spirit to their sons, William and Charles, who entered medicine in the 1880s and transformed the family practice into Mayo Clinic, a global center of hope and healing.

Mayo Clinic has expanded and changed in many ways, but our values remain true to the vision of our founders. Our primary value – The needs of the patient come first – guides our plans and decisions as we create the future of health care.