"You never stop being a young investigator," says Sundeep Khosla, M.D. It's a great attitude to have after your peers nominate and select you for Mayo's highest research honor - Distinguished Investigator. The physician scientist is internationally known for his findings in osteoporosis. After 21 years at Mayo Clinic he is still hard at it, with one of the most active investigative labs on our Rochester campus. Dr. Khosla is a product of a medical research lineage that begins with Dr. Daniel Federman, his mentor at Harvard, Dr. Hank Kronenberg at Massachusetts General -- and since arriving at Mayo -- Drs. Larry Riggs and Joe Melton -- all names well known in cellular, molecular or metabolic research. Dr. Khosla is a major reason why Mayo's Metabolic Bone Group has a worldwide reputation. If you want to understand fractures, brittle bones, bone loss due to disease or other causes, his is the "go to group."
He works every day at the intersection of Mayo's research realm and its clinical practice, seeing patients in the morning and seeking answers in the lab after lunch. That perspective provides his motivation. "You have to be excited about your work, and passionate about helping the patients," he says. I'm going to stop there, I think, because nothing better sums up medical science at this place. To learn more about Dr. Khosla's research, check out his lab page or this overview on his research in bone health from Discovery's Edge.