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Waller Honored with UTHSC Deanís Special Recognition Award
The award recognizes exemplary volunteer service to the medical profession and the college. An ophthalmologist by trade, Dr. Waller has been a leader in healthcare throughout his highly successful career. Most recently, he was tapped to chair the search committee for a permanent chancellor for the UT Health Science Center.
A UTHSC College of
Medicine graduate, Dr. Waller served as president of the Mayo Foundationís
Board of Trustees from 1978 to 1998 and as president and CEO from 1988 to 1998.
In January 1999, he was named president emeritus of the foundation, which runs
the world-renowned Mayo Clinics in
During his time at the foundation, the clinic made great strides, including: launching the Mayo Health System, a regional network of hospitals and clinics that serves more than 30 communities in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin; growing the number of doctors on staff from 838 in 1984 to 2,174 in 1998; increasing outpatient visits from 980,000 in 1984 to 3,680,000 in 1998; and doubling its investment in education and research.
A native Memphian, Dr. Waller returned to his hometown after retiring from the Mayo Foundation.† Since then, he has used his considerable experience, contacts and influence to affect major changes in the healthcare landscape of the Mid-South.
Dr. Waller co-chaired the Norfleet Executive Forum on Health, a semi-annual forum on selected healthcare issues. The 2003 forum laid out specific objectives and suggested actions to fight the growing problems of diabetes and obesity in the Mid-South, which contributed to the formation of the Healthy Memphis Common Table.†
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Dr. Waller served
as the initial chairman of the University Medical Center Alliance and continues
in an advisory role.† The alliance is a coalition of medical center hospitals, the
UT Health Science Center and the Memphis Business Group on Health that works
toward improving the quality, safety and cost of healthcare in
Dr. Waller was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the
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