Professor Gianrico Farrugia, a 54-year-old Maltese physician, has been appointed President and CEO of The Mayo Clinic, one of the leading speciality medical institutions in the world.
Having been Vice-President of the Mayo Clinic as well as the CEO of the Mayo Clinic in Florida since January 2015, he will now lead the academic medical centre based in Minnesota, USA.
Accepting his new role, Farrugia spoke about his hopes for the future of the prestigious insititution.
“I am humbled and proud to follow and build upon this success with the best staff in the world. While a sea of change continues to sweep through health care, I look forward to harnessing innovation, a hallmark of Mayo Clinic, to transform health care for the benefit of patients everywhere,” he said.
“We need to innovate in how we deliver that health care in ways that are affordable to more and more patients, so that they also have the advantage of being exposed to Mayo’s way of providing care,” Farrugia continued.
“We’re at the point that we’ve never looked after as many patients, and we’ve never done it as well as we’re currently doing it — both in terms of quality and safety, as well as patient outcomes,” he said. “We will be following the Mayo model of care that we’ve established through the test of time, and we’ll continue to use those values and principles going forward.”
Dr Farrugia and his predecessor, Dr Noseworthy
A fan of football and cars, Dr Farrugia specialises in gastroenterology and graduated from the University of Malta
A Maltese native, married to his wife Geraldine and the father of 25-year-old Luca and 21-year-old Stefan, Farrugia has worked with The Mayo Clinic for over 30 years and led a staff of over 6,400 people at the Florida branch of the Mayo Clinic.
He has been credited with turning the Jacksonville hospital into a major destination for care in the state.
His speciality is in gastrointestinal conditions where the stomach doesn’t properly empty – a condition that, Farrugia himself says, The Mayo Clinic is especially well-suited to address. He has published over 250 articles on the treatment of disorders of gastrointestinal motility and genomics.
He is currently a professor of medicine and physiology at the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Growing up in Malta, he studied at St. Aloysius College before earning his medical degree from the University of Malta.