Mesothelioma Center Review – Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
We recommend that when you or your family member is diagnosed with mesothelioma that you be evaluated at an academic, multidisciplinary, mesothelioma center. In order to help you become familiar with what a center can offer, we feature one center per month.
200 First Street, Southwest
Rochester, MN 55905-0002
Mission– “To inspire hope and contribute to health and well-being by providing the best care to every patient through integrated clinical practice, education and research.”
History- Dr. William James Mayo and his brother Dr. Charles Mayo and their wives established Mayo Clinic in 1919 as a non-profit organization dedicated to excellence in patient care, research and education. Their father Dr. William Worrall Mayo started a Medical Practice in Rochester during the Civil War together with a Franciscan Sister Mother Alfred Moes, worked together with Dr. Mayo and sons and together they “envisioned a hospital, with our faith and hope and energy it will succeed”
Director– Dr. Joseph A Dearani M.D. is the Chairman of the Division of Cardiac Surgery- Dr. Dennis Wigle a cardio-thoracic surgeon is the head of a multidisciplinary group for malignant mesothelioma. Dr. Wigle is also the Chair of the Department of Thoracic Oncology.
Team– The team consists of MD’s from many specialized areas composing a multi-disciplinary group. Dr. Tobias Peikert is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic, current research is centered on using a modified measles vaccine for the treatment of mesothelioma.
Dr. Shanda Blackmon M.D. is a cardio- thoracic surgeon at Mayo Clinic in addition her research centers on video assisted surgery. She is the lead investigator on the Cryosurgery Clinical Trial.
There are also experts in thoracic oncology, pathology, radiologists, that are members of the multi-disciplinary team that collaborate on mesothelioma patients care.
Affiliations- Mayo Clinic operates in Rochester Minnesota, Jacksonville Florida, Scottsdale and Phoenix Arizona.
Stats-The Mayo Clinic sees patients from all over the world it is a busy mesothelioma center. Approximately 150-200 patients are seen in consultation every year for mesothelioma primarily at their Rochester Minnesota facilities.
Research- Currently there are 6 open studies researching mesothelioma being conducted at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. The Mayo Clinic is an active participant in researching to a cure for mesothelioma. Research is an integral part of their treatment offerings for patients.
Support Services– Thousands of patients from all over the world go to Mayo Clinic annually. Most are treated on an outpatient basis. A Concierge Service is provided to help patients with transportation and lodging offers in the area. Support groups are offered as well as bereavement groups. Online services include the ability to see your medical records. Education centers help to empower patients and families learn about medical conditions and healthy living choices. There is also an International Service office. Mayo Clinic also has medical transportation, including a physician directed airplane called Mayo One Airplane.
Contact- Call Central Appointment Office- 507 538-3207 – 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central Time – Monday to Friday
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