Denis Cortese

Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
6320
Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
6320

Biography

Denis A. Cortese joined Arizona State University (ASU) in 2010 as Foundation Professor, director of ASU's Healthcare Delivery and Policy Program, and president of the non-profit Healthcare Transformation Institute based in Phoenix, AZ. He is an Emeritus President and CEO of the Mayo Clinic, and former head of the Mayo Health Policy Center.

Professional activities as a staff member of Mayo Clinic was in the field of pulmonary medicine including interventional bronchoscopy, critical care, with special interests in early and advanced stage lung cancer, liver and lung transplantation.  Activities in education included the medical school and director of the pulmonary-fellowship training program.   Research was focused on NIH funded endoscopic laser photodynamic therapy for early stage lung cancer and on NdYAG-laser phototherapy of advanced stage airway obstructing cancer.     

In addition to his current ASU academic position, he currently serves on the board of trustees of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and the boards of directors for Cerner Corporation, Essence Global Holding Corporation, and Pinnacle West.

Dr. Cortese is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, where he served as the original chair of the Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Health Care; a National Associate of the National Research Council; an honorary member of the Royal College of Physicians (London) and the Academia Nacional de Medicina (Mexico). 

He formerly served in the following positions: member of the health advisory board of RAND; member, and served as the chair of the board, of the Health Care Leadership Council in Washington, DC.; member of the Harvard/Kennedy Health Policy Group; member of the Division on Engineering and Physical Science (DEPS) of the National Academy of Engineering.  

Dr. Cortese is a recipient of an Ellis Island Award (2007) and the National Healthcare Leadership Award (2009).  

Education

  • Residency training, Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Diseases, Mayo Clinic. 
  • M.D. Temple University
  • Bachelors degree, Franklin and Marshall College, PA

Courses

Fall 2021
Course Number Course Title
BIO 493 Honors Thesis
BME 494 Special Topics
WPC 591 Seminar
BME 598 Special Topics
Spring 2021
Course Number Course Title
HON 394 Special Topics
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
BIO 493 Honors Thesis
CHS 493 Honors Thesis
Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
BIO 492 Honors Directed Study
CHS 492 Honors Directed Study
BME 494 Special Topics
BME 598 Special Topics
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
HON 394 Special Topics
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
HCD 594 Conference and Workshop
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
HCD 492 Honors Directed Study
HCD 493 Honors Thesis