Gala Dinner at Mayo Foundation House

Dr. Mahsa Moghaddam and her fiance’ Dr. Rory Smoot had the pleasure of attending a black tie gala dinner in honor of Dr. Paul Grieg and his wife Anne at the Mayo Foundation House in Rochester, Minnesota on April 18, 2014. Dr. Grieg is Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto where his academic and clinical focus is in Transplantation and HepatoPancreato-Biliary (HPB) Surgery. Dr. Greig is the Program Director of the Abdominal Organ Transplant Fellowship and the HPB Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the University of Toronto.   He was elected as the 19th Oliver Beahrs Visiting Professor, an honor bestowed upon only the most distinguished academic surgeons.

Dr. Smoot, who is also a hepato-biliary surgeon at the Mayo Clinic, trained with “Prof” Grieg during his two year fellowship in Toronto. It was a pleasure seeing Anne and PG again after moving back to Minnesota! The event was held at the Foundation House which was built in 1916 and was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1975. It was the home of Dr. William James Mayo, one of seven founders of the Mayo Clinic.

On Sept. 23, 1938, Dr. and Mrs. William J. Mayo gave their home to the  Mayo Foundation. They were motivated to make this gift to establish a meeting place where people in medicine could exchange ideas for the “good of mankind.” The impressive home contained 47 rooms arranged on 2.5 levels and had a five-story tower. Its design was reminiscent of an English manor house.

Franklin H. Ellerbe, founder of Ellerbe & Company of St. Paul, Minn., was the architect. He worked closely with Mrs. Mayo, who directed the building project for the family. Dr. Will made one request — that a tower be included, similar to the one in his parents’ home that his mother had used to pursue her hobby of astronomy.

Photo: Left to Rt Dr. Paul Grieg, Dr. Rory Smoot

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