Farrugia elected president and CEO for all of Mayo Clinic

After leading the expanding Jacksonville campus since 2015, he will take over the $12 billion medical system.

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Gianrico Farrugia, CEO of Mayo Clinic in Florida, was elected to succeed Mayo Clinic President and CEO John Noseworthy upon his year-end retirement.

The Mayo Clinic board of trustees in Rochester, Minnesota, said Noseworthy and Farrugia will work together during the transition.

Farrugia, 54, has been a vice president of Mayo Clinic and CEO of Mayo Clinic in Florida, based in Jacksonville, since January 2015, leading a staff of more than 6,400 people.

Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville has been expanding, recently opening the 190,000-square-foot Harry T. Mangurian Jr. Building for patients seeking cancer, neurology and neurosurgical care. 

According to a Mayo Clinic news release, Farrugia previously was director of Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine, which is responsible for bringing genomics into routine clinical care. He also was co-founder of the Center for Innovation at Mayo Clinic.

Farrugia, a native of Malta, has been a Mayo physician for 30 years. He is jointly appointed in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Internal Medicine, and the Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering. 

He completed his undergraduate training at St. Aloysius College in Birkirkara, Malta, and earned his medical degree from the University of Malta Medical School.

Mayo Clinic says its “rotational leadership model is a deliberate and planned process that incorporates leadership development and succession planning to identify and prepare leaders for every critical role, including president and CEO, Mayo Clinic.”

It says the search committee included members of the Mayo Clinic board of governors and Mayo Clinic board of trustees.

According to Mayo Clinic, a search for the next leader of the Florida campus has begun. That search team includes Farrugia.

Farrugia will continue to serve as leader of the Florida campus until the end of the year when he takes on his new role.

Mayo Clinic employs more than 68,000 people and generates revenue of nearly $12 billion, annually treating more than 1.3 million patients from the U.S. and nearly 140 countries.

Mayo Clinic operates Arizona, Florida and Minnesota campuses, as well as Mayo Clinic Health System with dozens of locations across the Upper Midwest.