• Research

    Mayo Clinic names new Research leader

Vijay Shah, M.D.

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic has announced the appointment of Vijay Shah, M.D., as Kinney Executive Dean of Research. He succeeds Gregory Gores, M.D., who has served in the position for 10 years.

Dr. Shah, a consultant with joint appointments in Gastroenterology and Hepatology as well as Physiology and Biomedical Engineering, is chair of Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and is the Carol M. Gatton Professor of Digestive Diseases Research. In his new position, Dr. Shah's full title will be the Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Kinney Executive Dean of Research Honoring Ronald F. Kinney, Jr.

"Continued clinical excellence requires research innovation, discovery and translation," says Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., president and CEO, Mayo Clinic. "We look forward to Dr. Shah's leadership into a new era of research as we pursue innovations that lead to new cures for our patients. We are also grateful for Dr. Gores' many contributions over the past 10 years, and we are confident that Dr. Shah will bring the committed work done by our Research shield to even greater achievements."

Dr. Shah has maintained National Institutes for Health-funded programs at Mayo Clinic for 25 years related to advanced liver disease that cross basic science, artificial intelligence (AI) and clinical trials. He was named a 2019 Distinguished Mayo Clinic Investigator. 

"I'm honored to be able to work with my colleagues in this new position as we pursue innovations that lead to new treatments to help our patients," says Dr. Shah.

Dr. Shah will partner with Heidi Dieter, chair of Research Administration. He will begin his new role on Feb. 1, 2024.