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Wisconsin Medical Society names Donn Dexter, MD, new chief medical officer

Release Date: January 7, 2015
Contact: Kendi Parvin - 608.442.3748 kendi.parvin@wismed.org

MADISON (Jan. 7, 2015) — Donn Dexter, MD, FAAN, FAASM, will join the Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) as chief medical officer beginning January 12, 2015.

Doctor Dexter, a board-certified neurologist and sleep medicine specialist, currently is vice chief medical officer, Northwest Wisconsin Region, for Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire and also serves as an assistant professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. In addition to his new responsibilities with the Society, Dr. Dexter will continue to practice part-time with Mayo.

“We are extremely pleased that a physician with Dr. Dexter’s experience and credentials is joining the Society as chief medical officer,” said Society Board Chair Molli Rolli, MD. “We look forward to the vision he brings to this role, and we are confident that his leadership will help make a real difference in the work of the Society and the health of Wisconsin citizens.”

A long-time Society member who currently serves on its Board of Directors, Dr. Dexter has served in numerous leadership roles during his medical career. Currently, he is a member of the Advisory Board of the UW Hospitals Organ Procurement Organization as well as a member of the Society’s Council on Legislation. He has chaired the Mayo Clinic Health System’s Department of Neurology, Clinic Process Management Group and the Education Committee and served as medical director of the Sleep Disorders Center for Luther Midelfort in Eau Claire.

In addition, he has been involved in Honoring Choices Wisconsin—the Society’s initiative to promote and improve advance care planning—and was the recipient of the Society’s Physician Citizen of the Year Award in 2011.

“Doctor Dexter is first and foremost an excellent physician, and I know he will be deeply missed by his patients and his colleagues. He is an excellent leader, so I think this is a great opportunity for both the medical society and for Dr. Dexter. I’m pleased that he has taken this position,” said Robert Peck, MD, chief medical officer, Mayo Clinic Health System. “His passion for providing whole-person care and his leadership at Mayo Clinic Health System has helped to improve the health of western Wisconsin residents. I look forward to seeing Dr. Dexter help the Society advocate for high quality, cost-effective care across Wisconsin.”

Doctor Dexter received his medical degree from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn., and he completed his residency and fellowship at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education. He has been in practice for 28 years.

With more than 12,000 members dedicated to the best interests of their patients, the Wisconsin Medical Society is the largest association of medical doctors in the state and a trusted source for health policy leadership since 1841.