Ten Star Mayo Clinic Doctors

A guide to who to see.

Brent A. Bauer, M.D., Director, Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program

Dr. Bauer brought massage, music, acupuncture, meditation, guided imagery and animal-assisted therapy to patients’ bedsides to supplement recovery.

Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., Director, Center for Individualized Medicine

Until now everybody with disease X got the protocol for that disease. But the future of harvesting a patient’s genetic information for customized therapy has arrived. Dr. Farrugia’s group is sequencing the human genome, interpreting the data and getting that information into patient care.

Sharonne N. Hayes, M.D., Division of Cardiovascular Diseases

Medical events in a young woman’s life, such as fibroids or a hysterectomy, may affect her future cardiovascular health. Dr. Hayes is studying the connection between complications in pregnancy and increased risk of heart disease for both mother and baby.

Richard D. Hurt, M.D., Director, Nicotine Dependence Research Center

Dr. Hurt was a chief witness in the lawsuit against Big Tobacco, resulting in a $6.2 billion award. A former chain-smoker, he’s now devoted to helping smokers quit and to research about who gets addicted in the first place.

Michael D. Jensen, M.D., Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism and Nutrition

People with fat around the hips and thighs are much less likely to get diabetes and heart disease. Dr. Jensen and his colleagues are trying to learn about the protective factors of “healthy fat” and apply those principles to people who are getting sick from their fat.

James L. Kirkland, M.D., Ph.D. Director; Nathan K. Lebrasseur, Ph.D., Robert & Arelene Kogod Center on Aging

When cells get old, there are specific changes called cellular senescence. What if you could get rid of the aging cells as they build up in the muscles or the heart or other tissue? Drs. Kirkland and LeBrasseur are part of a team working to find such drugs.

Stephen J. Russell, M.D., Ph.D., Dean for Discovery and Experimental Research

Millions of dollars are spent every year on studies that include mixing cells with various materials outside the body to create new tissues and organs. And there are medical devices in the pipeline such as “intelligent” artificial limbs or deep brain stimulators to control tremors with an electric current.

Andre Terzic, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Center for Regenerative Medicine

Regenerating human body parts has always been the realm of science fiction. Dr. Terzic’s team is making it a reality by working on turning adult stem cells into “smart cells” that could repair the heart or regrow bone or joint tissue, and there are potentially broad applications for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

Richard G. Vile, Ph.D., Molecular Medicine Program

When melanoma spreads to other parts of the body, the cells become adaptive—evading the immune system—and that makes them significantly more dangerous than the original tumor cells. Dr. Vile is using genetics and viral therapy to create cancer assassins, reeducating the immune system so that the dispersed tumor cells are attacked as the enemy.