Leader in Medicine

Farrell Lloyd


Farrell Lloyd, MD, MPH, is being named as “Best in Medicine” by the American Health Council. Dr. Lloyd has been a Physician at the Mayo Clinic for the past 15 years, giving 26 years of medical practice and capability in Hospital Medicine to the healthcare industry. The Mayo Clinic is one of the largest integrated, not-for-profit medical groups where doctors from every medical specialty are joined by common systems and live by the motto, “the needs of the patient come first.” Dr. Lloyd is also the main creator of the “Ask Mayo Expert” Tool, which is used by all Mayo clinicians as a medical search engine.

Dr. Lloyd received his education from the University of Utah’s School of Medicine. He first pursued his Bachelor’s Degree, which was awarded to him in 1985. He then continued his education by earning his Medical Degree, which he received in 1989. He also obtained his Masters in Public Health with subspecialties in Health Care Administration, Policy Biostatistics, and Medical Informatics in 1994. After his graduation, Dr. Lloyd accepted an internship at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. Upon the completion of the internship, Dr. Lloyd agreed to an offer of Residency and Fellowship in General Medicine within the same institute.

What truly drove Dr. Farrell Lloyd towards becoming a physician was his fascination with mathematics and science. By combining his ability to solve problems at a rapid pace and having a vast knowledge in science, he was able to enter the world of medicine with the intent to change others’ lives for the better. The hard work and perseverance applied towards his education and career goals allowed him to be the first in his family to graduate from college.

The support received from Dr. Lloyd’s wife was what motivated him to become the best in his field, he credits her for most of his success. He is also thankful for the opportunities he was granted, as most doctors who are just beginning their careers are not always as lucky. Throughout these experiences, he was able to work alongside so many talented people and he hopes that his work will become beneficial for them.

Dr. Lloyd’s accomplishments include being the Director on the development team for the “Ask Mayo Expert” Tool, receiving the role of the Effort in Education Technology Director by the Department of Education Administration, and starting the Medical Informatics Program at the University of Arizona. He also worked on a project with Valarie Reyna on improving the Decision-Making Process of Physicians and conducted additional research with Valerie Reyna which led to her receiving an honor for the work that was done. He also began his own company, Inveniga, with his business partner, Dale Zwart. Together, they created and offer a clinical informatics tool called Semantic Answers in Medicine or “SAM.” He has published over 20 of his medical articles on the research and work he has done. His JAMA article titled, “Humans Making Decisions” has been cited in multiple works authored by other medical professionals. He was the Deputy Editor for Archives of the Internal Medicine Journal from 1999 to 2002 and in 2009 and was also honored to be the Documentation Utilization Officer. He is also very proud to have been Board Certified in Informatics, Internal Medicine, and Clinical Informatics.

In recognition of all the contributions, he has made in medicine and education, Dr. Farrell Lloyd has been honored with the Outstanding Generalist Physician Scientist Award from the Dean’s Research Council (1996), The Outstanding Physician/Scientist Award (2001), Extraordinary Teaching Contribution Award for his work in the Internal Medicine Residency Program from the Mayo Foundation (2008), the Mayo Clinic Award for his work on “Ask May Experts”, and the Winning Team Work Award from the Mayo Clinic (2014).

Farrell Lloyd, MD has been involved in many aspects of the medical field and has contributed a great deal in terms of technological advancements. Because of this, he has become involved with many different medical organizations that could benefit from his knowledge and inventions. These affiliations include the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Internal Medicine, the American Medical Informatics Association, the American Hospitalist Association, and the American Medical Association. Dr. Lloyd also holds several Board positions on the Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees and was the Chair of the Department of Education Administration.

He also volunteers and donates to charities such as the United States Equestrian Federation and the Possibilities of Southern Minnesota.

When he isn’t working with patients, Dr. Lloyd likes to be around his family. He also tends to his horses and gets involved in outdoor activities like hiking, biking, canoeing, and other water sports.

Mayo Clinic

Physician at the Mayo Clinic

  • Mayo Clinic is the first and largest integrated, not-for-profit medical group practice in the world. Doctors from every medical specialty work together to
    care for patients, joined by common systems and a philosophy of “the needs of
    the patient come first.”
  • Expertise in Hospital Medicine, and his creation, the “Ask Mayo Expert” Tool.
    This tool is used by clinicians to find answers to medical questions.
  • 15 years in Current Role and 26 years within the Healthcare Industry.

Professional Accomplishments & Honors

  • Creating the “Ask Mayo Expert” Tool
  • Co-founded company, Inveniqa, with Mayo Clinic for the pending technology that resulted from the AskMayoExpert project.
  • Board Certified in Informatics, Internal Medicine, and Clinical Informatics.
  • Published over 20 articles, including his JAMA article titled “Genetic Testing and Medical Decision Making” which has been cited multiple times.
  • Also published  JAMA article titled, “Clinical Gist and Medical Education: Connecting the Dots”
  • Received the Outstanding Physician/Scientist Award, 2001
  • Earned the Mayo Clinic Award for his work on “Ask Mayo Experts”
  • Received the Winning Team Work Award, from the Mayo Clinic, 2014