Mayo Clinic names Arizona CEO

Wyatt W. Decker, M.D., was appointed vice president of Mayo Clinic and CEO of Mayo Clinic in Arizona in July 2011. Decker serves as a professor of emergency medicine at the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic.


During his tenure in Rochester, Minn., he developed Mayo Clinic’s Emergency Medicine Residency program. From 2000-2008, he served as the inaugural chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine. He has held several leadership positions for Mayo Clinic, including oversight of hospital operations, physician staff personnel and public affairs.


Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, Decker received his medical degree from Mayo Medical School and completed his internal medicine residency at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education. He completed his training in emergency medicine at Denver Health and Hospitals. Decker is board-certified in emergency medicine and a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He will receive an MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management in 2011.


Decker has received numerous honors, including the Mayo Clinic Excellence in Leadership Award in 2007, and recently the Heroes of Emergency Medicine Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians. True to his reputation for being a “hero in emergency medicine,” Decker traveled to Haiti following their devastating earthquake to lead the original assessment team to determine the most effective ways in which Mayo Clinic could assist with disaster relief.


He has authored numerous academic publications on topics including syncope and atrial fibrillation, as well as hospital practice and medical education. Decker served as the inaugural editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Emergency Medicine. In 2011, Dr. Decker will complete his tenure as chair of the Clinical Policies Committee for the American College of Emergency Medicine.


Decker speaks nationally and internationally on a wide range of subjects in the fields of emergency care, change management and leadership development.


Colleagues describe him as an experienced, team-oriented and respected clinician leader who exhibits excellent judgment. He embodies Mayo Clinic values and is an exemplary role model for others. He is energized by new challenges and looks forward to his leadership role at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. 

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