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Mayo Clinic is not only known here in Minnesota and the U.S. but around the world for its incredible medical expertise. And another foreign leader has just landed in Rochester for treatment at the world-renowned clinic.

Having big-time nationally-known personalities in our fair city of Rochester is nothing new, seeing as Mayo Clinic has been a worldwide leader in medical care for many, many years now.

And, of course, that also means that other important leaders from foreign countries around the globe have also been spotted here in Minnesota's Med City as they seek treatment at Mayo Clinic.

We can now add another name to the list, as well. According to The Hindu, a leading Indian newspaper based in the city Chennai, one of India's Chief Ministers is headed to southeast Minnesota:

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has left for the United States for medical review, consultation and treatment. He is scheduled to undergo treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for 14 days. Mr. Vijayan is expected to return to Kerala on January 29.

Not knowing much about the government of India, I did a little searching online to find out more about the position of Chief Minister. According to the official India government website, the position of 'chief minister' is apparently similar to the position of state governor here in the United States:

The chief minister is the head of government of each of the twenty-eight states and three of the eight union territories. According to the Constitution of India, at the state level, the governor is de jure head, but de facto executive authority rests with the chief minister.

So there you go. The chief minister (CM) of the Indian state of Kerala is Pinarayi Vijayan happens to be here in Rochester undergoing treatment at Mayo Clinic. (I wonder if it would be news in India if, say, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz was there seeking treatment?) The Hindu also stated that CM Vijayan has already been to Minnesota, having been treated at had also been treated here at Mayo back in 2018.

And, as we noted earlier, Mr. Vijayan is just the latest in a long list of well-known celebrities and leaders who have been patients at Mayo Clinic. Keep scrolling to see how many YOU knew had spent some time here in Minnesota's Med City!

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