Doctor Nicholas F. Larusso Joins the Delos Advisory Board

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New York, NY (November 19, 2012) – Delos®, the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate™, is pleased to announce that Dr. Nicholas F. LaRusso, Director of the Center for Innovation at Mayo Clinic, has joined its Advisory Board.  Dr. LaRusso joins a distinguished panel of Delos advisors including Dr. Deepak Chopra, world renowned health and wellness expert; the Honorable Dick Gephardt, former House of Representatives Majority Leader; Senator Mel Martinez, R-Fla. and former Senator and HUD Secretary; the Honorable Terry McAuliffe, former Chairman of Bill Clinton’s Presidential Campaign and Former DNC Chairman; Jason McLennan, world renowned sustainable building expert; Dr. Michael Roizen, Chief Wellness Officer at Cleveland Clinic; and Dolly Lenz, Vice Chairman of Prudential Douglas Elliman.

As one of the world’s foremost leaders in medicine, Mayo Clinic opened a Center for Innovation in 2008. Dr. LaRusso has led this center since its inception. It is the nation’s largest medical innovation center and the first to be integrated into a world-class medical practice setting.  Mayo’s Center for Innovation focuses on clinical practice redesign, connected care, community health transformation, future works and healthy aging. The Center employs full-time designers to work alongside medical professionals to move ideas quickly and dynamically through the iteration, prototyping and test phases.

“Delos is constantly looking for new, cutting-edge design solutions and technologies that will improve personal health and wellness through architecture and construction,” said Delos Co-Founder Morad Fareed.  “Dr. LaRusso brings a wealth of knowledge, new research and innovative medical design ideas that will have a profound impact on Delos. We are honored that he has agreed to join our Advisory Board and look forward to collaborating with him.”

A member of the American Association of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians, Dr. LaRusso has received Distinguished Achievement Awards from the Mayo Alumni Association and both the AGA and the AASLD, and the Distinguished Mentor award from the AGA.  He is currently president of the AGA Research Foundation.

“There is no finer collection of medical minds in our country than the leading doctors and professionals of the Mayo Clinic,” said the Honorable Dick Gephardt. “I am proud to have helped Mayo and Dr. LaRusso lend its invaluable expertise to Delos’ pioneering mission.”

Wellness Real Estate incorporates all that is beneficial for both the homeowner and the environment. Having spent the past four years collaborating with doctors and researchers at Columbia University Medical School and Cleveland Clinic, as well as with architects, engineers and contractors, Delos’ wellness designs aim to prevent the onset of disease and deteriorating health, restore and repair current ailments and elongate one’s life span through daily interactions with innovative healthy living features.

Until now, Delos has worked in the private home and hospitality sectors, completing its first commissioned loft space in Manhattan and introducing 42 Stay Well hotel rooms at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. In September 2012 at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, President Clinton introduced Delos’ WELL Building Standard™, the world’s-first building standard focused exclusively on enhancing people’s health and well-being in direct, evidence-based and innovative ways through the built environment.

In 2013, Delos will launch its flagship development, the world’s first Wellness Real Estate residential community, at the crossroads of Greenwich Village and Union Square in New York City. The project will incorporate more than 50 wellness features in the architecture and design that aim to reduce stress, enable more restful sleep, increase energy and vitality, improve blood circulation and posture, optimize digestion, and enhance immunity and respiratory health.

 About Delos LLC®:

A U.S.-based real estate developer, Delos® is the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate™, which incorporates amenities that help sustain both the environment and enhance residents’ health and well-being.  In 2012, Delos introduced the WELL Building Standard™ with President Clinton, the world’s first building standard focused exclusively on enhancing people’s health and well-being in direct, evidence-based ways through the built environment.  Delos designs include an array of innovative, built-in amenities that research suggests will improve various aspects of individual occupant health including: cardiovascular, respiratory and sleep health, orthopedic health, weight and metabolism management, stress reduction, mood enhancement, cognition and memory enhancement, health literacy and health behavior motivation. More information on Delos is available at

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