North Central College - Naperville, IL

Larry F. Vukov, M.D. '74

Larry F. Vukov, M.D., was awarded the 2011 Mayo Clinic Alumni Association Humanitarian Award for his work leading mission trips in underserved nations as well as his contributions to community-based mission service for patients at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. The award acknowledges significant contributions by graduates of Mayo’s education programs to the welfare of a community, country or humanity, beyond any volunteer service to Mayo. During his 21 years of mission service, seven Hope centers were developed with schools to educate and feed more than 2,000 children. Also established were clinics that provide healthcare to thousands of people. He also has led or participated in short-term mission trips to Honduras, Costa Rica, Tanzania and Guinea, West Africa, and has served as a board member of a mission organization called Special Ministries for the past seven years. Professionally, he was appointed to the Mayo Clinic staff in emergency medicine in 1980 and served as the first practice chair for 10 years. He’s also served as its research chair, education chair, quality improvement chair and on numerous institutional committees. He conducted sentinel research in pre-hospital defibrillation for cardiac arrest victims and achieved certification in internal medicine, emergency medicine and geriatric medicine during his tenure at Mayo. He is an associate professor of emergency medicine with a special interest in geriatric emergency care and is a consultant in the department of emergency medicine. His wife, Gail, of 31 years travels with him on mission trips and they have served as board members and as the chair couple for Young Life in Rochester. For the past 13 years they also have owned and operated a guest house that offers complimentary lodging for missionaries on furlough and a wide variety of Mayo Clinic patients. They have two sons who have mission experience as well.

North Central NOW Annual Report 2011