Cheltenham High School Hall of Fame

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Denis A. Cortese, MD

class of 1962
inducted in 2002

Denis A. Cortese, MD

Chair of the Board of Governors, Mayo Clinic

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.