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Bowdoin Places Dr. John Halamka as New President of Platforms at Mayo Clinic

Posted by Lauren Kendall on December 3, 2019
Mayo Clinic Placement TombstoneOriginally published on Hunt Scanlon Media on December 6th, 2019.

WALTHAM, Mass., December 6, 2019The Bowdoin Group, a Boston-based executive search firm, has placed John Halamka as the new president of Mayo Clinic Platform, which is committed to elevating Mayo Clinic to a global leadership position within digital healthcare. He will start in his new role on Jan. 1.

“Dr. Halamka has a proven track record of success in innovation and value creation,” said Gianrico Farrugia, president and CEO of Mayo Clinic. “His extensive experience and network will help power the Mayo Clinic Platform forward to benefit our patients and to support Mayo Clinic’s path for the future.”

Most recently, Dr. Halamka was executive director of the Health Technology Exploration Center for Beth Israel Lahey Health in Massachusetts. As the leader for innovation at Beth Israel Lahey Health, Dr. Halamka oversaw digital health relationships with industry, academia and government worldwide. Previously, he was chief information officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for more than 20 years. He also was the international healthcare innovation professor at Harvard Medical School. He remains chairman of New England Healthcare Exchange Network Inc. and is a practicing emergency medicine physician.

Dr. Halamka has written a dozen books about technology-related issues, hundreds of articles and thousands of posts on the Geekdoctor blog. He completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford University, where he received a degree in medical microbiology and a degree in public policy with a focus on technology issues. He received his medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco, and simultaneously pursued graduate work in bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley, focusing on technology issues in medicine.

“It’s an exciting time to join Mayo Clinic and work with new colleagues to enhance what we can offer to patients worldwide,” Dr. Halamka said. “The Mayo Clinic Platform provides us the opportunity to shape health care in a new and dynamic way.”

Mayo Clinic is a non-profit organization committed to innovation in clinical practice, education and research, and providing compassion, expertise and answers to everyone who needs healing.

Growing Search Firm

Founded in 1994, the Bowdoin Group specializes in leadership and strategic roles for a wide range of companies, from small firms building out their executive team to large firms sourcing talent for rapid market expansion. With deep expertise in biopharma, digital health, fintech and financial services, and software, the firm specializes in the Greater Boston area with the ability to source talent and service companies globally.

Earlier this year, the search firm expanded its team with the strategic hiring of Kara Barr as head of recruiting as well as two senior consultants.

Brian Gatti joined the firm as a senior consultant. Previously, he served as director of research for GattiHR, a national executive search firm focused on the search and placement of human resources professionals. Before that, he spent nearly 13 years at State Street managing teams within the trade processing and wealth management divisions.

Also joining as a senior consultant was Jill Morrissey Phoenix, who brings 15 years’ experience in search and recruiting to the firm. Before joining, she worked as a corporate recruiter with Pegasystems, which develops software for digital transformation. Her focus there was on technology, legal, finance, marketing and sales professionals. Prior to that, she spent 12 years at Robert Half Executive Search.

In addition to these three strategic hires, the Bowdoin Group also added Kinjal Vyas as an associate for research and operations, and Renee Gramolini as a recruiting coordinator, working directly with clients under the firm’s recruitment process outsourcing services. Ms. Vyas previously served as a global recruitment coordinator and operations specialist at TraceLink and as a talent acquisition coordinator at Seven Step RPO. Ms. Gramolini previously worked as a practice coordinator at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor  – Hunt Scanlon Media

About Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to innovation in clinical practice, education and research, and providing compassion, expertise and answers to everyone who needs healing. Visit the Mayo Clinic News Network for additional Mayo Clinic news and An Inside Look at Mayo Clinic for more information about Mayo.

About The Bowdoin Group

The Bowdoin Group is an award-winning retained executive search firm that specializes in C-suite leadership and strategic roles, commercial team expansions, and recruitment process outsourcing for a wide range of companies, ranging from venture-backed startups and emerging growth companies building out their C-suites to larger organizations sourcing talent for rapid market expansion. With deep expertise in Life Sciences, Digital Health, Software & Technology, and FinTech, Bowdoin is uniquely situated to solve recruiting challenges and unmet talent needs more than any other search firm across the U.S. due to its cross-functional reach and domain understanding across healthcare and technology. The firm continuously ranks in the top 2% of the recruiting industry in the U.S. and Canada for client and candidate satisfaction as measured by ClearlyRated’s annual NPS survey. The Bowdoin Group is also active in supporting the local entrepreneurial ecosystem as well as several non-profit organizations, including Life Science CaresNEVCAHack.Diversity, and FinTech Sandbox. For more information, visit us at and connect with us on LinkedInTwitter, and Facebook.


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