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March 10, 2022

Introducing a new Diversity Science Program for practice transformation

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann (@elizabethzimmermann)

The Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery recently launched a new Diversity Science Program. This new focus area expands the ability of the center to provide evidence-based solutions that advance inclusive, equitable norms for organizational wellness and practice transformation. Diversity Science is the scientific discipline that […]

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Tags: Center for Health Equity and Community Engagement Research, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, diversity, Gladys Asiedu, health disparities, quality improvement, Renaldo Blocker, Sean Dowdy, Sean Phelan


February 10, 2022

Advanced Care at Home — Evidence-based practice transformation                                        

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann (@elizabethzimmermann)

Before the pandemic, Mayo Clinic was exploring ways to help patients get home sooner or avoid hospital admission all together. This work has continued, and one of Mayo’s key initiatives in this arena is the Advanced Care at Home program, currently available in Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin; and at Mayo Clinic […]

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Tags: Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, clinical trials, Elizabeth Habermann, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic Health System, Mayo Clinic Platform, Michael Maniaci, practice improvement, pragmatic trials, Sean Dowdy, Xiaoxi Yao


January 27, 2022

Sister Mary Joseph Nodule: Famous Medical Term Has a Connection to Mayo Clinic

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor (@advancingthescience)

As a research trainee in the Department of Neurosurgery, Thirusivapragas (Siva) Subramaniam, M.B.B.S., had long known that a small lump near a patient’s belly button can indicate certain types of cancer. While the term for this clinical finding – Sister Mary Joseph Nodule – is standard throughout the world, the story behind the name is less well […]

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Tags: cancer, Jordan Miller, Mayo Clinic History & Heritage, Mayo Clinic Libraries, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, neurosurgery, research education, Siva Subramaniam, surgery


January 20, 2022

Modeling takes a whole new twist with omicron

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann (@elizabethzimmermann)

Since shortly after COVID-19 started popping up in the U.S., Mayo Clinic’s Predictive Analytics Task Force has been tracking it. A collaboration between Mayo Clinic Quality and the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, the task force’s primary responsibility is to build and maintain a […]

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Tags: biostatistics, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, COVID-19, Curt Storlie, data science, epidemiology, Katherine Noe, quality improvement, Shannon Dunlay


January 14, 2022

Fueling the future of telehealth through expanded services, research in sports medicine

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor (@advancingthescience)

Mayo Clinic’s Center for Digital Health is finding new ways to provide care to patients with digital tools. At the same time, it is conducting innovative research to fuel practice transformation. From virtual rounds to emergency medicine video consults, Mayo Clinic has expanded the delivery of medical care through telehealth by more than 500% since […]

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Tags: Center for Digital Health, concussion, emergency medicine, Neha Raukar, sports medicine, Steve Ommen, telehealth


December 24, 2021

Yuletide discoveries in the research lab

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor (@advancingthescience)

Edward Kendall, Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic biochemist, was a tenacious investigator who spent most of his time – holidays included – in his laboratory. On the night of December 23, 1914, he dozed off while conducting the chemical extraction of hog thyroid. When he awoke, what to his wondering eyes did appear but a mysterious […]

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Tags: cortisone, Edward Kendall, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, penicillin, thyroid disease, thyroxine, vitamin C


December 21, 2021

A young father’s regenerative bridge to transplant

By Susan Buckles Susan Buckles (@susanbuckles)

Mayo Clinic is pioneering and refining regenerative procedures that are a bridge to transplant. These procedures are providing new options for strengthening and rebuilding health while patients await the gift of life. Organ transplantation is one of the most serious and complex surgeries, but it also can dramatically restore a patient’s health and quality of […]

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Tags: Atta Behfar, cardiac regeneration, cardiovascular medicine, Center for Regenerative Medicine, heart transplant, lung regeneration, Steven Graham, Sudhir Kushwaha, transplant, Van Cleve Cardiac Regenerative Medicine Program


December 14, 2021

Transforming care for patients in the cardiac intensive care unit

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann (@elizabethzimmermann)

Jacob Jentzer, M.D., is a cardiac intensivist — meaning he has received specialized training to allow him to provide the best possible care for patients in intensive care who have severe heart conditions. He also is a Kern Health Care Delivery Scholar (@MayoKernScholar) with a portion of his time dedicated to further training in the […]

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Tags: Brandon Wiley, cardiac intensive care unit, cardiology, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, David Holmes Jr., Gregory Barsness, health sciences research, ICU, intensive care unit, Jacob Jentzer, Kern Health Care Delivery Scholars, Kianoush Kashani


November 23, 2021

Clinical trials are a way of ‘paying it forward’ to your own community

By Advancing the Science contributor Advancing the Science contributor (@advancingthescience)

By Kathi Hansberry, Mayo Clinic Community Engagement in Research Advisory Board member Editor’s note: Mayo Clinic advances health equity by involving communities in research that addresses their health concerns and aims to reduce health disparities. This article is the second in the Raising Up Community Voices in Research series. This series is written by community […]

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Tags: Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Center for Health Equity and Community Engagement Research, Community Advisory Board, community engagement, health disparities, health equity, Kathi Hansberry, medical research, Raising Community Voices, transplant, Transplant Center


November 22, 2021

Advancements in opioids research, beyond surgical prescribing practices

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann (@elizabethzimmermann)

In “An Institutional Approach to Managing the Opioid Crisis,” the authors describe the elements of Mayo Clinic’s Opioid Stewardship Program. The study’s first author, Halena Gazelka, M.D., an anesthesiologist, is chair of the program. She works together with the study’s senior author, Elizabeth Habermann, Ph.D., deputy director of research in the Mayo Clinic Robert D. […]

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Tags: Andy Abril, Barbara Bruce, Caitlin Brown, Cassandra Ramel, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Cornelius Thiels, COVID-19, depression, Elizabeth Habermann, emergency department, Evidence-based Practice Center, Fernando Rivera


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