CANNON FALLS, Minn. — A local Mayo Clinic Health System physician is answering the country’s call to duty. Jeffery Wheeler, M.D., a Family Medicine physician at Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls, will deploy in late June with the Minnesota Army National Guard in a peacekeeping mission to Egypt for approximately six months. Dr. Wheeler is a member of the Mankato-based 2nd Battalion 135th Infantry Regiment. He received orders from the military in late May informing him of the unit’s mobilization.
“We are very grateful for Dr. Wheeler’s commitment to serving our country and his dedication to his patients in Cannon Falls,” says Bill Priest, operations administrator at Mayo Clinic Health System. “We wish Dr. Wheeler and his fellow guard members a safe and successful deployment overseas.”
During Dr. Wheeler’s absence, members of his care team will continue to meet the needs of his patients. “Our expanded care teams work closely to ensure patients are getting the care they need, when they need it,” says Priest.
Dr. Wheeler plans to resume seeing patients in Cannon Falls upon his return to the United States. He has been an active member of the National Guard for over 26 years providing medical care to soldiers. This will be his second mobilization overseas; he previously served in a deployment to Iraq.