Richard A. Helmers, MD, has been named regional vice president, Mayo Clinic Health System northwest Wisconsin.
Helmers will be the physician leader for Mayo Clinic’s community practice in northwest Wisconsin, a region that includes five hospitals and 12 clinics. He succeeds Randall Linton, MD, who has served in the role of president and CEO for the past 15 years. Linton will retire this spring after 36 years of service with Mayo Clinic Health System. Helmers will work closely with Linton to ensure a smooth transition of leadership responsibilities this spring.
For the past five years, Helmers has served as vice dean for practice at Mayo Clinic. He has served more than 20 years with Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ, in various leadership roles, including chair of the Pulmonary Division, vice chair of the Department of Medicine and chair of the Mayo Clinic Clinical Practice Committee in Arizona.
He is a member of the American Thoracic Society and was named the American Thoracic Society’s Outstanding Clinician in 2010.
A native of Sibley, IA, Helmers holds a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in Ames, IA, and received his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa. Helmers completed his medical internship in internal medicine at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis. He also completed his internal medicine residency and fellowship in pulmonary diseases at the University of Iowa, along with a fellowship in critical care medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee, WI.