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Toby Cosgrove MD Named Number One On Inside Business Power 100 List Of Influential Northeast Ohioans

January 9, 2014

Cleveland Clinic President and CEO Toby Cosgrove, M.D., has been named to the top spot on Inside Business’ annual Power 100 list, which ranks Northeast Ohio’s most influential CEOs, politicians and civic leaders.

In naming Dr. Cosgrove No. 1, Inside Business cited Cleveland Clinic’s role in the national healthcare debate, its worldwide reputation, and its model of care.

“Toby Cosgrove has been to the White House to talk health care reform,” the magazine writes. “President Barack Obama name-dropped the Cleveland Clinic in a 2012 debate with Mitt Romney. Reporters have flocked to Cleveland to learn how the Clinic controls costs while providing elite quality care .. Its superior care still attracts patients from far beyond Ohio, and it’s recruiting doctors for the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, set to open in 2015. For many, it remains a symbol of what’s possible in American health care. Others are moving closer to its model of organizing a health system.”

Dr. Cosgrove has been ranked consistently among the Power 100’s Top 3 each year since 2008. He has ranked No. 1 in 2008, 2010 and now 2014.

“Not only is it a tremendous honor for our CEO and Cleveland Clinic, but it’s a sign of just how critical healthcare is to the Northeast Ohio economy,” said Bob Rich, chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Board of Directors. “As the healthcare industry continues to navigate historic change, Cleveland Clinic will deliver on its mission of excellence in patient care, innovative research and medical education and build the model of healthcare for the future.”

Inside Business compiled the list by surveying the leaders on the previous Power 100 list, in addition to the magazine’s news judgment about recent events and forces affecting the region.

As Cleveland Clinic CEO, Dr. Cosgrove presides over a $6.2 billion healthcare system comprised of the main campus in Cleveland; eight community hospitals; more than 75 Northern Ohio outpatient locations, including 16 full-service Family Health Centers; Cleveland Clinic Florida; the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas; Cleveland Clinic Canada; and, currently under construction, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

His leadership has emphasized patient care and patient experience, including the re-organization of clinical services into patient-centered, organ and disease-based institutes. He has launched major wellness initiatives for patients, employees and communities.

Dr. Cosgrove joined Cleveland Clinic in 1975 as a cardiothoracic surgeon, performing more than 22,000 operations and earning an international reputation for expertise in all areas of cardiac surgery, especially valve repair. In 1989, he was named chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular surgery. Under his leadership, Cleveland Clinic’s heart program was ranked No. 1 in America for 10 years in a row by U.S. News & World Report, an honor that has now reached 19 consecutive years.

He has published nearly 450 journal articles, book chapters, one book and 17 training and continuing medical education films. As an innovator, Dr. Cosgrove has 30 patents filed for developing medical and clinical products used in surgical environments. His book, “The Cleveland Clinic Way: Lessons in Excellence from One of the World's Leading Health Care Organizations,” will be  released Jan. 10.

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