Mind meld: Dr. Nicholas LaRusso on thinking like a designer


Nicholas F. LaRusso, M.D. is the Charles H. Weinman Endowed Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Innovation at Mayo Clinicand a Distinguished Investigator of the Mayo Foundation. Prior to holding several chair positions at Mayo Clinic, he served as a guest investigator at the Rockefeller University in the laboratory of the Nobel laureate, Christian de Duve.

As part of our Lybbaverse series on the Center for Innovation, Jesse Dylan speaks with Dr. LaRusso on how design thinking is similar to a physician’s approach to problem solving. In the lab, Dr. LaRusso says he never knows where he’ll end up, and similarly at the Center, both physicians and designers constantly explore and redefine methodologies together.

Dr. LaRusso is currently the Principle Investigator of two RO1’s and the NIH Mayo Center for Cell Signaling in Gastroenterology at Mayo Clinic. His honors include an NIH MERIT Award, Distinguished Achievement Awards from both the AGA and the AASLD, and a Distinguished Mentor award from the AGA Foundation, not to mention the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mayo Alumni Association.

  1. Verdi

    Congratulation Dr. LaRusso for the awards, greetings from Indonesia.