Bill George, chairman and chief executive officer of Medtronic Inc., will give the inaugural lecture at the William E. Petersen Symposium on Physician Leadership.

George will discuss “New Leadership in 21st Century Health Care” at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, in Thornton Auditorium of Terrence Murphy Hall, 1000 LaSalle Ave., which is part of the downtown Minneapolis campus of the University of St. Thomas.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a reception from 6 to 7 p.m. Those planning to attend are asked to call the university’s R.S.V.P. line at (651) 962-4296. For more information about the lecture, call St. Thomas at (651) 962-4128.

The William E. Petersen Symposium on Physician Leadership is sponsored by Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Allina Health System and St. Thomas’ Center for Health and Medical Affairs. It is presented in cooperation with the National Institute of Health Policy, a collaborative effort between St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota.

The symposium is named in honor of Dr. William E. Petersen, a pioneer medical leader and one of the region’s first physicians to assume executive roles in health-care management. A 1945 graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School, Petersen taught and practiced internal medicine and later served as vice president for medical affairs at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Life Span and Health Span, and chief medical officer at Allina Health System. As program director for St. Thomas’ Center for Health and Medical Affairs from 1995 to 1998, he created the Physician Leadership College and other programs designed to help physicians become effective leaders in the health-care industry.

“Dr. Petersen has played a significant role in the delivery of our health care,” commented Carl Platou, director of the Center for Health and Medical Affairs, “not only as a physician and leader himself, but as a teacher, role model and mentor to many of today’s physician leaders.

“The annual symposium named in his honor will focus on the critical importance of developing physician leaders who, in this time of great flux in health care, represent the concerns of both physicians and patients at the highest management levels.”