Mayo CEO Goes On Big Pharma Board of Directors

Conflict of interest much? Noseworthy nominated to Merck Board

“This is interesting — makes you wonder how many other Big Pharma corporate boards Noseworthy and other Mayo administrators serve on?” Jay Furst – Rochester Post Bulletin

“KENILWORTH, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced that Dr. John H. Noseworthy, president and chief executive officer of Mayo Clinic, has been nominated to stand for election to the company’s board of directors. The annual election of Dr. Noseworthy and the other directors will take place in connection with Merck’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders on May 23, 2017. With the proposed addition of Dr. Noseworthy, and the planned retirement of C. Robert Kidder, the Merck board will include 13 members.”

Dr. John H. Noseworthy is president and chief executive officer of Mayo Clinic, a not-for-profit organization operating in five states that is dedicated to medical care, research and education. Prior to his current appointment, he served as chair of Mayo Clinic’s Department of Neurology, medical director of the Department of Development, and vice chair of the Mayo Clinic Rochester Executive Board. Dr. Noseworthy is a professor in the Department of Neurology and served as editor-in-chief for Neurology, the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Dr. Noseworthy earned his medical degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He completed his neurology training at Dalhousie University and the University of Western Ontario, and a research fellowship at Harvard Medical School. He has received the Alumnus of the Year award from Dalhousie University, an honorary doctorate of science degree from the University of Western Ontario, and an honorary doctorate of laws from Dalhousie University. He also is a Health Governor of the World Economic Forum

One Response

  1. Dr. noseunworthy being elected to the board of a drug company is a travesty and he should be immediately removed from any and every position at Mayo. For him to accept board membership and be “rewarded” $$ demonstrates a total disregard for the high standards Mayo has stood for over the years. It raises the question of his receiving “contributions” from the company thru the years or even just lately??
    Drug companies through the years have ripped patients off and shown disrespect for their financial position. In addition, for Mayo to give preference to privately insured patients over Medicare and Medicaid
    patients is worse than a tragedy. It smacks of political influence and total disregard for care for the elderly. How can the board of Mayo be so insensitive to all people in need of health care?
    The reputation of Mayo is on the brink of loosing the respect it has been noted for since it’s founding.
    If dr. noseunworthy accepts the board position, if Mayo follows the path of making patients second class citizens because they are on medicare or medicaid, if the general public becomes aware of the changes in policy and philosophy, then the non-profit status of the organization should be removed.
    Me and my family have held Mayo in high regard for many, many years but now the tide is turning. Where do things go from here? Does the Mayo board of directors have the moral values to make certain that the best interests of patients receive the best care possible and are not in the clutches of drug companies? Please do not erode the pride and promise the public has held in Mayo.

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