Dr. Sumit Bhagra to be new physician leader in Albert Lea and Austin

Published 5:50 pm Friday, August 6, 2021

Dr. Sumit Bhagra, M.D., has been selected as the new Site Lead Physician for Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin. The Site Lead Physician role combines the responsibilities of the current site CEO and site medical director positions.

Bhagra has served as the Albert Lea/Austin medical director since 2015, partnering with CEO Dr. Mark Ciota, M.D. to lead the Albert Lea/Austin practice. Ciota announced earlier this year that he would rotate out of his leadership role after 25 years of outstanding leadership and service to staff, patients and communities.

“It’s been my pleasure to work with Dr. Bhagra for the past 12 years,” Ciota said. “In addition to being a talented and dedicated physician, he has been a crucial part of the team that has worked to integrate and modernize our practice and facilities, and has led the COVID-19 safety team for the entire Southeast Minnesota region. He has earned the respect of our staff and patients, and I look forward to the strong leadership he will provide to the Albert Lea/Austin practice.”

Bhagra is a consultant in Endocrinology and an assistant professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. He has practiced in Albert Lea and Austin since 2009, specializing in diabetes care and other metabolic conditions. After receiving his medical training at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India, Bhagra completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education and a fellowship in the Mayo Clinic Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism and Nutrition.

As the Site Lead Physician, Bhagra will partner with Vice Chair of Administration Kristin Johnson and Nurse Administrator Lori Routh to provide oversight for the overall operations in Albert Lea and Austin, ensuring alignment with regional goals and targets.

Bhagra’s official start date in his new role is Aug. 9. In the coming weeks, he will work closely with Ciota to ensure a smooth transition of duties as Ciota rotates out of his leadership role.

“We are so very grateful to Dr. Mark Ciota for his 25 years of compassionate leadership and dedicated service to our patients, staff and local communities,” says Robert Albright, Jr., D.O., Regional Vice President, Southeast Minnesota region. “As Dr. Bhagra moves into his next leadership role, we welcome his continued vision and insight for the future in helping to provide the best care for our patients in the Albert Lea/Austin area.”