Robert E. Nesse, M.D. was born in Toledo, Ohio and received a B.A. degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. in 1973. He attended the Wayne State University School of Human Medicine and received an M.D. degree in 1977. Dr. Nesse completed residency training at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn, Mich. in 1980 and is board-certified in Family Medicine. In 1980, he joined the staff of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He served as the residency program director for family medicine from 1984-1990 and was vice chair of the Mayo Clinic Department of Family Medicine from 1990-1996. From 2004- 2010 Dr. Nesse served as the president and chief executive officer of the Mayo Clinic Health System- Franciscan in La Crosse, Wis. In 2010, Dr. Nesse became the chief executive officer of the Mayo Clinic Health System and served in this role until 2015.
Dr. Nesse was the physician chair of the John Deere Clinic Development Committee and served on the steering committee that developed the Institute for Clinical Systems Integration in Minneapolis. In 1996, Dr. Nesse joined the Mayo Clinic Rochester Board of Governors and served as vice chairman of the Board from 1999-2004. From 2005-2013, Dr. Nesse was a member of the Mayo Clinic Board of Governors and the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees. He served as an ex-officio member of the Board of Governors from 2014-2016. Dr. Nesse is a member of the Management Committee of Mayo Clinic. Dr. Nesse was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Medical Group Association in 2006 and joined the AMGA Executive Committee in 2008. He served as the Chair of the AMGA Board of Directors in 2012 and completed his service in the AMGA Executive Committee in 2013. Dr. Nesse became the Chair of the High Value Health Collaborative Board in 2017 and also serves on the Executive Committee and Advocacy Committee for HVHC. He also is a member of the Executive Committee of the Healthcare Leadership Council.
In 2015, Dr. Nesse became the Senior Director for Payment Reform of the Mayo Clinic Board of Governors and continues to serve in this role.