Mayo Clinic added a new internal trustee to its board with the election of Dr. Amy W. Williams.

At its quarterly meeting on Friday, the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees elected Williams to replace Dr. Heidi Nelson, who recently left Mayo Clinic. Nelson was the first female surgeon at Mayo Clinic.

Williams, who started at Mayo Clinic 1990, is the chairwoman of the Department of Medicine. She is also a member of the Mayo Clinic's Executive Operations Team, the executive committee of the Center for Regenerative Medicine and a leadership team orchestrating Mayo Clinic’s 2030 strategic plan. 

"Dr. Williams is a highly accomplished leader and physician," said Mayo Clinic President and CEO Dr. Gianrico Farrugia in a press statement. "Her leadership responsibilities inside and outside of Mayo Clinic, commitment to our values, and focus on building teams to serve the needs of our patients, will further strengthen the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees."

Williams joins 11 other medical doctors on the 31-member board of trustees. The board also includes Farrugia, Dr. Daniel J. Berry, Dr. Steven J. Buskirk,  Dr. Bobbie S. Gostout, Dr. Richard J. Gray, Dr. Eddie L. Greene, Dr. Charles (Michel) M. Harper, Dr. Lois E. Krahn, Dr. Claudia F. Lucchinetti, Dr. Randolph C. Steer, and Dr. Kent R. Thielen.

Samuel Di Piazza, the retired CEO of PricewaterhouseCoopers, serves as chairman of the board. He is in his second term as chair.

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