November 9 2007 - TMF CMO Elected President of Mayo Alumni Assoc

For Immediate

November 9, 2007

Contact: John Moore
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TYLER, TX – David K. Teegarden, M.D., President and Chief Medical officer, Trinity Mother Frances Health System, was recently elected President of the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association at the 65th annual meeting of the organization.  His term will run through 2009.  Dr. Teegarden is President of the Trinity Clinic, a 200-physician multi-specialty group.

“I am honored with the opportunity to be part of the leadership team of Mayo Clinic’s alumni association,” says Dr. Teegarden.
“Mayo’s belief that the needs of the patient come first is the core of their medical practice, and I learned early on that keeping the focus on the patients – listening to their concerns and talking about them – is a powerful component of healing.  And, the alumni association can keep that spirit alive everywhere alumni are practicing.”

The first formal meeting of the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association was held on September 4 and 5, 1917.  The goal of the organizers was to maintain scientific and social contacts with the people and programs of Mayo Clinic. Today, through regional, national and international meetings, the Alumni Association promotes excellence in the fields of medical practice, education and research.  The centerpiece of this activity is to perpetuate Mayo Clinic’s standards of excellence through alumni who are practicing medicine, doing research and teaching throughout the world.  Mayo Clinic alumni are on the faculty of the country's leading medical schools and many serve in leadership positions in their communities and scientific organizations worldwide.

Dr. Teegarden received his undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University and his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston in 1971. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education and his Gastroenterology fellowship at Mayo Clinic and at Baylor University Medical Center. Following his medical training, Dr. Teegarden served in the U.S. Army as Chief of Gastroenterology for the Institute for Surgical Research at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, where he received the Army Commendation Medal.  Dr. Teegarden holds a master’s degree from The School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he serves on the Adjunct Faculty teaching a course in leadership.  He is a member of many professional organizations and serves on several boards.

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