FIR Interview: Lee Aase on Mayo Clinic’s Center for Social Media

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The Mayo Clinic’s Lee Aase speaks with FIR co-host Shel Holtz about the Mayo Clinic’s July 27 announcement that the clinic has established a Center for Social Media “to accelerate effective application of social media tools throughout Mayo Clinic and to spur broader and deeper engagement in social media by hospitals, medical professionals and patients to improve health globally.” Aase, who manages social media for The Mayo Clinic, will serve as one of the new Center’s leaders.

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Lee Aase is manager of Syndication and Social Media for Mayo Clinic. His team’s focus is developing quality medical news resources for mainstream media, and using social media applications to create more in-depth, extended relationships directly with key stakeholders. You can see examples of Mayo Clinic’s social media offerings through the Mayo Clinic News Blog or at Sharing Mayo Clinic.

By night, Lee is Chancellor of Social Media University, Global (SMUG), a free online higher education institution that provides practical, hands-on training in social media for lifelong learners.

Prior to joining Mayo Clinic in 2000, Lee spent more than a decade in political and government communications at the local, state and federal level. He received his BS in Political Science from Mankato (Minn.) State University in 1986.

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(Cross-posted from For Immediate Release, Shel’s and my podcast blog.)

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  • FIR Interview: Lee Aase, Mayo Clinic, February 6, 2009 – Lee Aase talks about the origins of social media at Mayo Clinic, the role of Legal and other departments in supporting his efforts within the conservative and highly-regulated healthcare environment, and more.

Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.

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