Denis Cortese also chairs the Mayo Clinic Board of Governors. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 1997, and previously served on that Board from 1990-1993.
Cortese graduated from Temple University Medical School and completed his residency training in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Diseases at Mayo Clinic. After service in the U.S. Navy he joined the Mayo Clinic staff in late 1976. He is a professor of medicine and was director of the Pulmonary Disease subspecialty training program from 1979-1987.
He was a chair of the Clinical Practice and a member of the Board of Governors in Rochester before moving to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1993. From 1999-2002 he served as CEO of the Mayo Clinic and Chair of the Board of Directors at St. Luke’s Hospital, both in Jacksonville.
Among Cortese's research interests are interventional bronchoscopy including the appropriate use of photodynamic therapy, endobronchial laser therapy and endobronchial stents. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of The National Academy of Sciences, Chair of the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Evidence Based Medicine, a member of the Healthcare Leadership Council and of the Harvard/Kennedy School of Healthcare Policy Group.
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as author at MIT World Series: Second International Engineering Systems Symposium,
together with: James A. Champy (moderator), John Reed, Steven E. Koonin, Irving Wladawsky-Berger,