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Cleveland Clinic Appoints Children's Hospital Chairman Giovanni Piedimonte MD

Served as Chair of Pediatrics at West Virginia University School of Medicine

May 2, 2012

Giovanni Piedimonte, MD, Chairman of Pediatrics at the West Virginia University (WVU) School of Medicine and an international leader in pediatric pulmonology, has been appointed Chairman of the Pediatric Institute and Physician in Chief of the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital.

Prior to his appointment at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Piedimonte also served as Physician-In-Chief of WVU Children’s Hospital in Morgantown, WV, as the founding Director of the WVU Pediatric Research Institute, and as a Wyeth Research Scholar, a title granted to recipients of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals biomedical research scholarships.

In his new capacity, Dr. Piedimonte will oversee more than 300 full-time pediatricians and sub-specialists employed by the Children’s Hospital.

“Dr. Piedimonte is an accomplished physician and scholar, bringing with him a wealth of experience to the Children’s Hospital,” said Delos M. “Toby” Cosgrove, MD, CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic. “His strong leadership will guide us as we look to expand programs, services, research and care for our youngest patients.”

Dr. Piedimonte received his medical degree from the University of Rome School of Medicine in Italy. He completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco, and received fellowship training at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Dr. Piedimonte also holds certifications in general pediatrics and pediatric pulmonology from the American Board of Pediatrics.

Dr. Piedimonte has been the principal investigator or co-investigator of more than 30 research projects, and has authored and co-authored more than 250 journal articles, book chapters, monographs, editorials and abstracts.  He holds 17 international patents and is frequently invited to speak nationally and internationally.

“I am excited by the prospect of leading one of the country’s top children’s hospitals, collaborating with world-renowned physicians and researchers and, most of all, working with our patients and families who come to Cleveland Clinic from around the globe,” said Dr. Piedimonte. “I also am very much looking forward to furthering our many new initiatives that are advancing medical knowledge and patient care.”

In 2011, the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital ranked in all 10 pediatric subspecialties in the U.S. News & World Report survey of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals. Last year also saw the opening of key facilities, including a Special Delivery Unit and Hybrid Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, and marked the launch of a groundbreaking study on autism spectrum disorders.

Dr. Piedimonte will replace Ricardo Rodriguez, M.D., who has served as interim chair since 2011. The previous chair was Robert Wyllie, MD, who is currently serving as Chief Medical Operations Officer at Cleveland Clinic.

About Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital

Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital is a part of the Cleveland Clinic health system and offers full medical, surgical and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents. Children’s Hospital supports 126 acute care beds at Cleveland Clinic's main campus and 284 pediatric beds system wide; in addition, pediatric services are available at 10 family health centers in Northeast Ohio. A staff of 300 full-time pediatricians and sub-specialists see more than 500,000 pediatric visits each year and provide hospital care for an average of 218 children per day. Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit, multi-specialty academic medical center integrating clinical care, research and education. It was founded in 1921 by four physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, 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, eight community hospitals and 18 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 167,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 100 countries. Visit us at www.clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.

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