• By Jen O'Hara

Mayo Clinic Radio: Nearly 6 decades in medicine / partial knee replacement / paying it forward

August 26, 2019

Growing up in North Dakota, Dr. Robert Kyle was heading toward a career in forestry until a family friend suggested that he become a doctor. He kept that thought in the back of his mind until his brother was diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis. Impressed by the doctor who treated his brother, Dr. Kyle decided to pursue medicine.

After graduating from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago in 1952 and completing his training, Dr. Kyle came to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN in August 1961 and began a career in hematology. His career has focused on helping people with myeloma and related disorders. As a result of Dr. Kyle's work, today's patients have a much clearer idea of whether their condition will progress to myeloma and, if so, at what stage in their life they can expect to develop symptoms. Patients haven't been the only beneficiaries, as Dr. Kyle's work also has helped specialists understand the benign, intermediate and severe forms of myeloma.

On the next Mayo Clinic Radio program, Dr. Kyle will discuss how he has stayed grounded in his nearly six decade career. Also on the program, Dr. Mark Pagnano, a Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon, will explain why a partial knee replacement is sometimes an option for patients instead of a total knee replacement. And Jay Masters, a grateful radiation oncology patient, will share how his cancer treatment led him to change careers. He became a Mayo Clinic staff member, hoping to make a difference for patients just like him.

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