Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove, MD, Elected to National Academy of Science's Institute of Medicine

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October 21, 2013

Cleveland Clinic president and CEO Toby Cosgrove, MD, has been selected as one of 70 new members of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), a prestigious national health advisory board.

IOM members are selected for their significant advancements to the fields of health and medicine, whether through research, teaching, clinical work, or other contributions.

“Dr. Cosgrove has had an incredible impact on the world of healthcare, first as a distinguished and innovative heart surgeon, and now as the CEO of a world renowned hospital,” said Robert E. Rich Jr., Chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Board of Directors. “Under Dr. Cosgrove’s leadership, Cleveland Clinic has become a respected model of 21st Century healthcare, with an emphasis on research and innovation; wellness for patients, employees and the community; patient experience; and, of course, top-notch patient care.”

Dr. Cosgrove joined Cleveland Clinic in 1975, 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. 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 filed 30 patents for developing medical and clinical products used in surgical environments.

In 2004, Dr. Cosgrove was named president and CEO. Under his leadership, Cleveland Clinic has consistently been named among America’s top four hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and is one of only two hospitals named among “America’s 99 Most Ethical Companies” by the Ethisphere Institute.

“Not only is it an honor to be named to the IOM, it’s also a tremendous responsibility,” said Dr. Cosgrove. “The IOM has great influence on public policies and programs that can shape the health and lives of millions of people around the world.”

As the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, the IOM functions as an authoritative body advising Congress, federal agencies, independent organizations, and the public, with the underlying mission of improving human health. IOM members – chosen for their outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service – are selected to address the most pressing healthcare issues.

Once elected, IOM members make a commitment to volunteer on IOM committees, boards, and other activities. Recent projects have included studies of environmental factors in breast cancer, health technology and patient safety, nutrition rating systems and food packaging, and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, among others.

The 2013 class includes 70 new members and 10 foreign associates, bringing IOM’s total active membership to 1,753, with 120 foreign associates.

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