ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic Health System announced that David Agerter, M.D., has been named to the newly created role of director of Academic Strategy and Development for Mayo Clinic Health System. In his new role, Dr. Agerter will work to strengthen medical education and residency opportunities at Mayo-owned clinics and hospitals across the Midwest. He will also lead efforts to increase and diversify the medical research taking place in the health system.
“Enriching the academic environment across Mayo Clinic Health System benefits everyone,” says Bobbie Gostout, M.D., vice president, Mayo Clinic. “Our providers and other care team members have additional opportunities for professional growth and development and are able to pursue the passions that led them to a career in medicine. Even more importantly, our patients and communities benefit as we attract the brightest graduates to our medical residency programs and foster research that advances the science and creates the future of medicine.”
“Dr. Dave Agerter’s name is familiar to many in Mayo Clinic Health System communities, particularly in Southeastern Minnesota,” says Mark Koch, chair, Mayo Clinic Health System Administration. “He is a well-respected family medicine physician who cares for patients in the Albert Lea/Austin area, and he oversees the growing family medicine residency program in the region.” But Dr. Agerter’s most visible role has been that of regional vice president for the health system’s Southeast Minnesota region, a large area surrounding Rochester that stretches from Faribault and Owatonna, Minnesota, in the west, through Albert Lea and Austin, Minnesota, and on to Cannon Falls, Lake City and Red Wing, Minnesota, to the northeast.
“Dr. Agerter has had a distinguished tenure as leader of the Southeast Minnesota region for the past six years,” according to Dr. Gostout. “We have appreciated his compassion, his dedication to patients and staff, and his vision for continued integration of our medical practice across the Midwest. We are pleased that our model of planned leadership rotations affords him the opportunity to assume this important new role of strengthening the academic environment in the health system, and we’re grateful that staff, patients and communities will continue to benefit from his leadership.”
A search will begin soon for a new regional vice president for the Southeast Minnesota region, according to Dr. Gostout. A late summer transition is planned to allow time for the two leaders to work together.