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October 19, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Living Donor to Kidney Recipient: ‘I Feel Like the Winner in All This’

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

The email from a parent at her school in May 2013 took Nancy Shaver, an elementary school principal, by surprise. It was from Kati Walker, mother of two, who was on a mission: to donate one of her kidneys to Nancy, who greatly needed one. Kati’s message announced, “I’m going to be tested to be […]

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Tags: Arizona Campus, kidney disease, kidney transplant, Living Donor Transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


August 16, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Coordination and Teamwork Make Simultaneous Surgeries Seamless for Heart Transplant Recipients

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore (@HoytFinnamore)

Michael Tyler and William Tiger didn’t know one another before the summer of 2016. But they now share a unique life event. Both 55-year-olds underwent heart transplant surgery at Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus on the same day, at the same time. Completing the simultaneous procedures was a milestone for the Transplant Center team in Arizona, […]

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Tags: Arizona Campus, Dr. Louis Lanza, Dr. Octavio Pajaro, Heart transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, Michael Marranca, ventricular assist device


June 17, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Difficult Diagnosis Interrupts Residency, Gives Young Doctor a New View of Patient Care

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Successfully finishing a medical residency is a significant milestone in any physician’s career. But when Natalie Ertz-Archambault, M.D., graduated in June 2016 from the Internal Medicine Residency at Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus, the achievement felt particularly sweet. “It was an incredible success for me, since I actually started my residency in 2012, completed four months, […]

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Tags: Arizona Campus, Dr. Fadi Shamoun, Dr. Leslie Thomas, Dr. Natalie Ertz-Archambault, Dr. Richard Fowl, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Internal Medicine Residency


May 31, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Physician Is One of the First Proton Beam Patients in Arizona

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

People often don’t hear the phrase, “You are the most important person in my life today,” especially from those other than family. However, Leslie Milde, M.D., has heard it often — from her patients. She is well aware of the significance of her role in the operating room, and the apprehension felt by patients about […]

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Tags: Arizona Campus, Dr. Leslie Milde, Dr. Naresh Patel, Dr. Sujay Vora, oncology, Proton Beam Therapy, radiation therapy, Spinal Meningioma


March 2, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Resilient Young Woman Finds Hope Despite Hurdles, Shares Story at Fiesta Bowl

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Megan LaChance used to dream of being a successful business woman. But a series of events, medical and otherwise, led her on a different path – an educational path that culminated with her sharing her surprising story at the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona on Jan. 1, 2016. Even though she’s just 24 years old, Megan […]

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Tags: Arizona Campus, bone cancer, Dr. Kelly Curtis, Li-Fraumeni syndrome


January 4, 2016 · Leave a Comment

Retired Nurse Goes “All In” for Weight Loss, Sheds Pounds, Gains Energy and Passion

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

It’s tempting to describe Sonya “Sunny” Johnson, a retired Mayo Clinic nurse, as a poster child for successful weight loss surgery. Cliché or not, she readily accepts the moniker as a point of pride. In fact, these days, when Sunny passes a mirror, she asks herself, “Who is that?” Her ambitious journey to weight loss […]

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Tags: Arizona Campus, bariatric surgery, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Mayo Clinic Bariatric Program, Weight Loss


December 8, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Transplant Diary and a Father’s Day Heart

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore (@HoytFinnamore)

When Clint Frederick learned that he needed a heart transplant, he naturally wondered what the road ahead would look like. So he searched for a book that described the process from a patient’s perspective. His search came up short. But it planted seed. Perhaps he’d change things for other patients. “After I was approved for […]

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Tags: Arizona Campus, Cardiovascular Diseases, congestive heart failure, Defibrillator, Heart Disease, Heart transplant, Pacemaker, Transplant List


October 29, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Emergency Eye Surgery on Halloween for a ‘Scary’ Close Call

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore (@HoytFinnamore)

It was Halloween night, 2014. Brianna Bosley, 18, a studio arts major at the University of Arizona in Tucson, was planning to attend a party with friends. Some 100 miles to the north, in Scottsdale, Arizona, Dave Patel, M.D., a Mayo Clinic ophthalmologist, also was getting ready to celebrate Halloween with his 10-month-old son, something […]

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Tags: Arizona Campus, Canaloplasty, Dr. Dave Patel, Glaucoma


September 16, 2015 · Leave a Comment

New Kidney From Sister Gives Hurdler a Chance at 2016 Olympics

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore (@HoytFinnamore)

Heads turned when Aries Merritt walked into the lobby at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix at 5 a.m. on Sept. 1, with family and TV cameras in tow. Just four days earlier, he won a bronze medal in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing. But, on this day, facing one of […]

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Tags: Arizona Campus, kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, Patient Stories


March 23, 2015 · Leave a Comment

From ‘Shock’ to Hope – Young Woman Shares Her Breast Cancer Journey

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore (@HoytFinnamore)

In her early 30s and with “a wonderful child, wonderful husband and a great career,” Dawn DeCook-Gibson says the last thing she expected was a breast cancer diagnosis. Following the initial shock of the news, Dawn, from Chandler, Arizona, sought out doctors at Mayo Clinic and was guided through her treatment and recovery by Donald […]

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Tags: Arizona Campus, breast cancer, Dr. Barbara Pockaj, Dr. Donald Northfelt, mastectomy


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