class of 1962
inducted in 2002
Denis A. Cortese, MD
Chair of the Board of Governors,
Dr. Denis Cortese,
Class of 1962, is Chair of the Board Of Governors at Mayo Clinic and Chair of
the Board of Directors at St. Luke's Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. He is a member of the Mayo Foundation
Board of Trustees.
Effective February 2003, Dr. Cortese will be the
President/CEO of Mayo Foundation in Rochester, Minnesota.
Dr. Cortese earned his medical degree from Temple University in Philadelphia and completed his residency and
fellowship training at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. From 1974-1976, he was a lieutenant
commander in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps in Beaufort, South Carolina. He joined the staff of Mayo Clinic in Rochester in 1976 as a specialist in pulmonary
medicine. Dr. Cortese was a member of the Board of
Governors there before moving to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville in 1993.
Dr. Cortese is a director and former president of
the International Photodynamic Association and has been involved in the bronchoscopic detection, localization, and early
treatment of early stage lung cancer, as well as the bronchoscopic
treatment of late stage lung cancer obstructing the main airways.
Dr. Cortese is a Professor of Medicine at Mayo Medical School and served as a director of the
Pulmonary Disease Subspecialty Training Program in the Mayo Graduate School
of Medicine from 1979-1987.
He and his wife, Donna, have been married 36 years. They have two daughters,
Case and Holly, and their first grandchild in 2002.