Lutheran&Lakewood Hospitals Name Two Physician Leaders to Become Hospital Presidents in January 2012

August 8, 2011

Cleveland Clinic officials today announced the promotion of two physician executives to lead as hospital presidents for Lakewood and Lutheran hospitals beginning January 1, 2012.

Brian Donley, MD, Senior Vice President of Surgical Operations at Lutheran Hospital will assume the presidency of Lutheran Hospital and Robert Weil, MD, Senior Vice President of Surgical Operations at Lakewood Hospital, will become the new president of Lakewood Hospital.

Currently, Janice Murphy, RN, serves as president of both Fairview and Lakewood hospitals. Murphy will remain president of Fairview Hospital. Lutheran Hospital is currently led by Mary Kennedy, RN, who is serving as interim president. Kennedy will return to her position as Chief Nursing Officer for Lutheran Hospital in January. Both Murphy and Kennedy will remain in their current roles through the end of this year.

“Dr. Donley and Dr. Weil will utilize their expertise in quality, operations and efficiency to position these hospitals for the future,” said David Bronson, MD, President of Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals.  “Both have thrived as leaders and we look forward to them assuming their new roles as presidents in January. We appreciate and thank both Jan and Mary for their dedication and leadership.”

Dr.  Donley, who will see patients and perform surgeries at Lutheran Hospital, joined Cleveland Clinic in 1995 and is Director of the Center for Foot and Ankle Surgery within the Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute. He is also Chairman of the Professional Conduct Committee for Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Donley graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed his residency there. He performed his undergraduate work at the University of Notre Dame where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He performed a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery at Campbell Clinic in Memphis, Tenn. He serves as an orthopaedic foot and ankle consultant for the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Cavaliers.

In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Donley is active with research, education and innovation. He teaches medical students, orthopaedic residents, and orthopaedic foot and ankle fellows. He has published more than 75 scientific articles and has made more than 200 presentations internationally, nationally and regionally.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to work with the dedicated team of caregivers at Lutheran Hospital,” Dr. Donley said. “I look forward to continuing these strong efforts and building on the foundation of Lutheran Hospital.”

Dr. Weil is a neurosurgeon who specializes in neurosurgical oncology with particular expertise in the surgical and radiosurgical treatment of patients with pituitary tumors, as well as benign and malignant tumors of the brain. In addition to his new role with Lakewood Hospital, Dr. Weil will continue to see patients, perform surgeries, conduct research, and remain active in teaching medical and graduate students as well as residents and fellows in training.  He is a member of the Cleveland Clinic Board of Governors.

Dr. Weil, who joined Cleveland Clinic in 2004, is director of the Pituitary & Neuro-endocrine program in the Rose Ella Burkhardt Brain Tumor & Neuro-Oncology Center within Cleveland Clinic’s Neurological Institute. He is privileged to be the incumbent of the Melvin Burkhardt Chair in brain tumor research.

He graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in history, received his medical degree from the University of Missouri, and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. He performed his early surgical and pathology training at the University of Chicago and Washington University, and completed a neurosurgical residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He performed basic science research and clinical fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania in neuroscience and epilepsy surgery, respectively. He also completed a research fellowship in translational neuro-oncology and served as a senior staff fellow in neurosurgical oncology and pituitary surgery in the Surgical Neurology Branch of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, at the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Md.

“It’s an honor to work with the staff at Lakewood Hospital,” Dr. Weil said. “We’re committed to high quality care for our patients and realizing operating efficiencies that will continue to meet the needs of those who entrust us with their care.”

About Lakewood Hospital

Lakewood Hospital is an acute care, regional hospital dedicated to providing high quality and patient-focused healthcare. Founded in 1907, Lakewood Hospital offers a dedicated Primary Stroke Center as well as strong clinical Centers of Excellence, which include neurological, senior care, orthopaedic, and diabetes and endocrine services.

About Lutheran Hospital

Lutheran Hospital is a 204-bed acute care facility offering cutting-edge technology and advanced research and surgery. From primary care physicians to leading specialists, Lutheran Hospital offers expert care in areas such as Family Medicine, Orthopaedics, Spine, Pain Management, General Surgery, Behavioral Health, Chronic Wound Care, Diagnostic and Lab Services, Emergency Care and Rehabilitation Services.

About Cleveland Clinic

Celebrating its 90th anniversary, Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. It was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. About 2,800 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic Health System includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, nine regional hospitals and 15 Family Health Centers in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and opening in 2013, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2010, there were 4 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 155,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 100 countries. Visit us at  Follow us at

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