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Institutes & Services

Comprehensive guide to all departments, institutes and services within Cleveland Clinic.


Departments of related medical specialties collaborate as unified institutes, offering patient-centered care.


Institute Chairman: David Brown, MD

The Anesthesiology Institute is an academically oriented group of more than 250 anesthesiologists who perform more than 200,000 anesthetics and procedures annually. Cleveland Clinic's Anesthesiology Institute unites specialists in pain management, critical care medicine and anesthesia within one fully integrated model of care to improve diagnosis, medical management and quality of life for our patients.

Departments & Centers
Arts & Medicine

Arts & Medicine

Institute Chair: Iva Fattorini, MD

The Arts & Medicine Institute was created to integrate the arts into the healthcare environment through clinical care, research, and events; to promote healing and enhance the wellbeing of those in the hospital. Programs include art therapy and music therapy, performing arts, visual arts, and educational programs. The institute collaborates with local, national and international organizations to benefit patients, families, employees and the community.

Art Therapy

Art therapy is engaging in the creation of art, with the support of a board certified art therapist, to assist with both emotional and physical healing and growth.

Music Therapy

Music therapy, which is provided by a board certified music therapist, combines music and therapeutic techniques to aid in the physiological, psychological, and emotional well-being of patients.

Patient and Employee-oriented Activities

The Arts and Medicine Institute offers a variety of activities that are open to anyone in the hospital including performing arts events, educational events, art therapy projects, and guided tours of the art collection.

Arts & Medicine

  • Performing Arts in the Hospital Environment

    Musical performances are held each weekday in four locations on the main campus. Local music students and musicians perform in public lobbies to uplift and entertain patients, families and employees. When patients and families were surveyed 98% said they wanted more music and 95% said it made a difference in their hospital stay.

  • Research into the Arts and Medicine

    The Arts & Medicine Institute is committed to practice and investigate the use of the arts in healing. Current research involves music therapy with bone marrow transplant patients; visual arts and the hospital experience; and art therapy with cancer patients.

Arts & Medicine

Arts & Medicine Institute

1950 Richmond Road, TR-308
Lyndhurst, Ohio 44124
Fax: 216.448.8335

Cancer (Taussig)

Taussig Cancer Institute

Institute Chairman: Brian Bolwell, MD

At Taussig Cancer Institute, more than 250 highly skilled doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals provide advanced cancer care to more than 14,000 patients with cancer each year. Clinical trials and internationally known cancer research efforts ensure that patients have access to the latest advances in cancer treatment. A range of support programs are available to help patients navigate the changes and challenges associated with cancer.

Access a comprehensive list of what we treat.

Departments & Centers

Taussig Cancer Institute

Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute is recognized by U.S.News & World Report as one of the top cancer hospitals in the country and is top ranked in Ohio in its annual survey.

We ask our patients about their experiences and satisfaction with the services provided by our staff. Although our patients are already indicating we provide excellent care, we are committed to continuous improvement.

Overall rating of care as ranked by patients in 2010-2011

Taussig Cancer Institute


The number of patient visits to Taussig Cancer Institute in 2011.


The number of publications in 2011 by Taussig Cancer Institute staff physicians


The number Cleveland Clinic physicians included in Cleveland Magazine's Top Docs listing for cancer care, more than any other healthcare provider in Northeast Ohio.


Clinical trials active and open to patient accrual in 2011


Research grants awarded in 2011


Visits per month to (over 1 million)

Taussig Cancer Institute

Since its inception in 1921, Cleveland Clinic has been at the forefront of cancer breakthroughs. Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists have developed new surgical techniques, discovered new treatments and uncovered key information about cancer cells that have resulted in significant changes in the way patients are screened, diagnosed and treated. Here are some of the most significant breakthroughs in cancer Cleveland Clinic has contributed since the 1990s:


Cleveland Clinic researchers pioneered the application of novel growth factors to stimulate hematopoietic stem cells, revolutionizing autologous bone marrow transplants.


Researchers in Cleveland Clinic's Genomic Medicine Institute, under the direction of Charis Eng, MD, PhD, revealed many genetic discoveries related to cancer including:
- Genetic mutations of the tumor suppressor gene PTEN
- Discovery of KILLIN as a novel predisposition gene for Cowden syndrome and Cowden-like syndrome, which predisposes these individuals to breast and kidney cancer
- The role of androgen receptor (AR) in breast and prostate cancer
- The effect of germline homozygosity (having two identical copies of the same gene) on predisposition to cancer


Jaroslaw Maciejewski, MD, PhD, discovers mutations in a gene (TET2 ten-eleven translocation 2) and other processes associated with myeloid malignancies that disrupt normal enzyme activity during gene transcription creating conditions favorable to growth of myeloid tumor cells.


Our oncologists, under the direction Brian Rini, MD, have been responsible for developing several new drugs for kidney cancer. Cleveland Clinic participated in the trials of five out of the six current treatments for kidney cancer and led three of the trials.

Taussig Cancer Institute

Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute

9500 Euclid Avenue/R35
Cleveland, OH 44195

Cancer Answer Line


A clinical nurse specialist is available from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Center for Functional Medicine

Center for Functional Medicine

Center Director: Mark Hyman, MD

Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine is a collaboration between Cleveland Clinic and the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), led by Mark Hyman, MD, Chairman of IFM, founder of The UltraWellness Center, and New York Times best-selling author.

Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine physicians spend time with their patients, listening to their histories, mapping their personal timeline, and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex chronic disease.

Functional medicine places patient’s front and center by addressing the root causes of disease using a systems oriented approach. It addresses the whole person (genetic makeup, lifestyle choices, environmental influences, such as exposure to toxins), not just a set of symptoms. This approach attempts to understand physiological functions, then optimizes, enhances, balances and restores normal function to those systems.

The Center for Functional Medicine treats patients with conditions, including:

Conditions Treated
  • Cardiometabolic conditions – diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease
  • Neurological conditions – depression, attention deficit disorder and migraine headaches
  • Digestive disorders – irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, chronic pancreatitis, acid reflux and diverticulosis
  • Autoimmune diseases – rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and celiac disease
  • Skin disorders – psoriasis, acne and eczema
  • Hormonal problems – thyroid conditions, chronic fatigue and menopause
Center for Connected Care

Center for Connected Care

Center Director: Eiran Gorodeski, MD

The Center for Connected Care includes more than 500 caregivers who deliver daily care to 3,500 patients. The center provides a full continuum of care so that patients can recover from illnesses or injuries in the very best location for their individual needs. The center’s multispecialty team includes home care, hospice, mobile primary-care physician group practice, home infusion pharmacy, home respiratory therapy, skilled nursing facilities (SNF), home palliative medicine and emerging transitional care programs.

Cleveland Clinic Children's

Cleveland Clinic Children's

Institute Chairman: Giovanni Piedimonte, MD
Chairman Pediatric Institute and Physician-in-Chief, Cleveland Clinic Children's.

Cleveland Clinic Children's provides primary pediatric care at Family Health Centers throughout the community as well as specialized and subspecialty pediatric care for the most complex cases at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Hillcrest and Fairview Hospitals. Our team includes board-certified pediatricians, nurses, nurse practitioners, therapists, social workers and other specialists who provide comprehensive, family-centered care for a wide variety of acute, chronic and complex children's illnesses.

More information:

Cleveland Clinic Children's

U.S. News & World Report ranks us among the nation's best children's hospitals in 10 of 10 rated specialties.

In addition, more than 100 of our pediatricians and pediatric specialists are listed in "Best Doctors" (2010-2011) or Top Doctors by Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd. (2011 edition).

Cleveland Clinic Children's for Rehabilitation received the accreditation by CARF for meeting strict requirements of staff knowledge, operational procedures, safety and effectiveness . Our pediatric pain rehabilitation program is the only one of its kind in the world to be CARF accredited.

Cleveland Clinic Children's

Cleveland Clinic Children's is the only comprehensive pediatric transplant center in Northern Ohio, performing heart, lung, liver, kidney transplantation and bone marrow transplants.

Cleveland Clinic Children's Shaker Campus is Northern Ohio's only long-term care pediatric rehabilitation hospital and is also home to the region's only pediatric dialysis unit.

Cleveland Clinic Children's pain rehabilitation program is the only CARF accredited program in the world


Pediatric specialists and subspecialists within our Cleveland Clinic Children's provide state-of-the-art care for complex medical problems


The number of total outpatient visits to Cleveland Clinic Children's in 2011


The number of congenital heart operations performed in 2011, including complex cases referred from around the world


The number of investigational cancer therapies our patients have access to at any given time


The number of children who received state-of-the-art care in pediatric epilepsy and neurology each year

Cleveland Clinic Children's

Center for Autism

Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism continues to be expanded and has been recognized throughout the United States, receiving various awards for excellence.

Special Delivery Unit

The Special Delivery Unit at Cleveland Clinic Children's offers women who are carrying babies with known birth defects a compassionate, family-centered setting for labor and delivery, with access to world-class adult and pediatric specialists.

Pectus Excavatum

Among the numerous diseases and conditions our pediatric team treats, Cleveland Clinic Children's is a nationally recognized Center of Excellence in the treatment of Pectus Excavatum. Our pediatric surgeons are leaders in employing the Nuss Procedure, the minimally invasive repair of Pectus Excavatum. Over 98% of the cases we see are treated in this fashion, with less pain and a shorter hospital stay.

Cleveland Clinic Children's

Cleveland Clinic Children's

9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195

To make an appointment: 216.444.KIDS (5437)
Referring physicians: 216.444.DOCS (3627)

Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation
Shaker Campus

2801 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44104

Dermatology & Plastic Surgery

Dermatology & Plastic Surgery

  • Face Transplant

    On December 17, 2008 a multi-disciplinary team of doctors and surgeons performed the first near total face transplant. In a 23-hour procedure performed over two weeks, surgeons transplanted 80 percent of a woman’s face who suffered facial trauma – essentially replacing her entire face, except for her upper eyelids, forehead, lower lip and chin. This is the largest and most complex face transplant in the world, integrating different functional components such as nose and lower eyelids, as well as different tissue types including, skin, muscles, bony structures, arteries, veins and nerves. Cleveland Clinic Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute led the face transplant surgery, partnering with the Cleveland Clinic Head & Neck Institute.

  • Mohs Micrographic Surgery

    Mohs surgery provides the highest cure rate for high-risk melanoma skin cancers, while sparing the maximum amount of normal skin. Cleveland Clinic dermatologists performed approximately 2,100 Mohs procedures in 2007 and now offer the surgery in Independence and Beachwood, as well as Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. This expanded access at more locations affords patients more timely treatment of skin cancer.

  • Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction (DIEP)

    Our plastic surgeons have pioneered recent advances in breast reconstruction, including the innovative DIEP technique. The benefit of this procedure, a variation of the more commonly performed TRAM operation, is that it preserves abdominal muscle, so most patients experience less discomfort.

  • Minimally Invasive Techniques in Facial Cosmetic Surgery

    Our Department of Plastic Surgery has focused on alternatives to face and necklift surgery, short-scar facelifts and minimally-invasive facelift techniques, with the emphasis on pain reduction, improved recovery times, and longer-term enhancements.

    Laser Treatments

    Cleveland Clinic's Department of Dermatology continues to upgrade and improve our laser services, providing one of the most advanced and comprehensive laser programs in Northeast Ohio. We offer the latest advances in technology and care, with a dozen ablative and non-ablative lasers, including the state-of-the-art Fraxel laser, used for treatment of scars and wrinkles, tattoo removal, treatment of vascular lesions, hair removal and pigmented lesion removal.

Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute

Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute

Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute

Main Campus
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Appointments: 800.223.2273, ext. 47000

Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute Regional Locations:
  • Main Campus
  • Beachwood Family Health and Surgery Center
  • Brunswick Family Health Center
  • Chestnut Commons Family Health Center
  • Concord Office & Endoscopy Center (CIG)
  • Euclid Medical Building
  • Fairview Hospital
  • Hillcrest Hospital Atrium
  • Independence Family Health Center
  • Lakewood Hospital
  • Landerbrook Office & Endoscopy Center (CIG)
  • Lutheran Hospital
  • Marymount Hospital
  • Medina Hospital
  • Richard E. Jacobs Health Center
  • South Pointe Hospital
  • Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center
  • Strongsville Family Health and Surgery Center
  • Twinsburg Family Health and Surgery Center
  • Willoughby Hills Family Health Center
  • Wooster Family Health and Surgery Center
  • Cleveland Clinic Florida

Education Institute

Institute Chairman: James Stoller, MD, MS (ODA)

The Education Institute oversees many of the world-class educational programs Cleveland Clinic offers to physicians, nurses, medical students, residents and fellows, allied health professionals and outside healthcare executives. Our Lerner College of Medicine and graduate medical education and continuing medical education programs are fully accredited.

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Education Institute


The number of residents and fellows.


The number of medical students.


The number of allied health student rotations.


The number of CME activities with 233,600 participants.


The number of articles within our consumer health information database.


The number of community Health Talk programs.

Education Institute

Senior executives from around the world are taking advantage of Cleveland Clinic’s executive education programs for healthcare leadership and management training.

A 10,000-square-foot simulation center allows healthcare teams to gain hands-on experience and skill building around communication and teamwork.

Live, online computer chats with a health educator offer patients personalized help in finding credible health information.

Cleveland Clinic offers a five-year medical school program with a unique curriculum that combines clinical medicine, research and medical humanities.

Education Institute

Education Institute

Cleveland Clinic – NA22
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195

  • Advanced Skills Training 216.445.5601
  • Allied Health Education 216.986.4312
  • Center for Online Medical Education and Training 216.444.4566
  • Cleveland Clinic Academy 216.445.9412
  • Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine 216.444.2661
  • Consumer Health Information 216.444.3054
  • Continuing Medical Education 216.448.0770
  • Executive Education216.445.8898
  • Graduate Medical Education 216.444.5690
  • International Medical Education 216.445.8417
  • Lerner College of Medicine216.445.7435
  • Library Services 216.444.5697
Emergency Services

Emergency Services

Institute Chairman: Bradford Borden, MD

The Emergency Services Institute provides caring, competent treatment of sick or injured patients, conducts research of emergency conditions, and trains physicians, nurses and other health professionals in emergency care. As one of the busiest in emergency department services in Northeast Ohio, the Institute sees approximately 86,600 adult and pediatric patients per year, and is staffed by specialists in emergency medicine.

Emergency Services

Emergency Services

Cleveland Clinic – NA22
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
800.CCF.CARE (223.2273) ext. 54500

Endocrinology & Metabolism

Endocrinology & Metabolism

Institute Chairman: James Young, MD

The Cleveland Clinic Endocrinology & Metabolism Institute treats patients in all major disease categories such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, sexual hormone disorders, metabolism, pituitary disorders and more. For patients with severe obesity we provide bariatric surgery through minimally invasive surgical approaches, such as laparoscopic procedures.

Departments & Centers
  • Bariatric & Metabolic Institute
  • Diabetes Center
  • Thyroid Center
  • Department of Endocrine Surgery
  • Pancreas Transplant Clinic/Post-transplant Diabetes Mellitus
  • Transition Clinic (Pediatrics to Adult)

Access a comprehensive list of diseases that we treat.

Endocrinology & Metabolism

U.S.News & World Report's “America's Best Hospitals” survey consistently has ranked the Cleveland Clinic's endocrinology program in the top ten as one of “America's Best,” making it the No.1 program in Ohio.

Patient Experience

We ask our patients about their experiences and satisfaction with the services provided by our staff. Although our patients are already indicating we provide excellent care, we are committed to continuous improvement.

Overall Rating Of Care 2007Overall Rating of Care as Ranked by Patients in 2008

Endocrinology & Metabolism

With over 1,000 endocrine surgical procedures performed each year, Cleveland Clinic's Endocrine Surgery program is the largest in Ohio and the 5 surrounding states.

Cleveland Clinic's Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, which treats over 125 cases annually, was named a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the American College of Surgeons.

Statistics for 2008


Total number of patient visits


Total number of endocrine surgeries


Total Major Surgeries: Thyroid / Parathyroid


Complex / Reoperative Surgeries


Total Bariatric Cases


Bypass Surgeries


Age range of bariatric patients


Lap Band Surgeries


Lap Sleeve Surgeries

3.5 days

Lap Gastric Bypass Mean Length of Stay (LOS)

1.4 days

Lap Adjustable Gastric Band Mean LOS


Percentage of bariatric surgeries performed at Cleveland Clinic using minimally invasive techniques

Endocrinology & Metabolism

  • Laparoscopic Liver Resection

    Over the last year, Cleveland Clinic Endocrinology & Metabolism Institute (EMI) surgeons have developed techniques for laparoscopic liver resection, a procedure that enables removal of liver tumors through small incisions in the abdomen, resulting in less operative blood loss, fewer analgesic requirements, quicker advance to a regular diet, and decreased hospital stay and overall cost compared with conventional open liver resection.

  • Robotic Liver Resection

    In line with the laparoscopic liver resection program, the EMI surgeons have started a robotic liver resection program. The use of the robot increases dexterity and versatility in laparoscopic procedures. Four patients have undergone robotic liver resection to date, all with good results.

  • Laparoscopic Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) of Adrenal Tumors

    Some patients are not candidates for adrenalectomy due to unresectable cancer or medical comorbidities that preclude a long anesthesia time. The endocrine surgery team has applied laparoscopic RFA for the management of such patients. To date, three patients with adrenal malignancies and one patient with an enlarging benign adenoma have received this new treatment, without complications. This is the first laparoscopic RFA experience in the world for managing adrenal tumors.

  • Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone Receptor (TSHR) mRNA Assay Steps

    Since 2001, we have studied the clinical applications of detecting TSHR mRNA in circulation. This marker was developed at Cleveland Clinic, and represents a novel diagnostic tool in that it detects circulating thyroid cancer cells, rather than thyroid related proteins or hormones. It is undetectable in people who have normal thyroids and can distinguish among patients who have benign thyroid disease and initial and recurrent thyroid cancer. After multiple clinical studies, TSHR mRNA became a routinely available clinical test in 2008, offered to patients locally, nationally and internationally. Cleveland Clinic has the only specialized reference lab to provide this test.

  • Parathyroid/Calcium/Osteoporosis

    Primary hyperparathyroidism is a strong risk factor for bone disease. Results of a study undertaken by endocrine surgeons at Cleveland Clinic indicated that this association has been underappreciated in men. With improved screening practices, surgeons were able to determine that the prevalence of osteoporosis in this population of men with primary hyperparathyroidism was very similar to that of women, a finding not previously recognized.

  • Gastric Plication Procedure for Severe Obesity

    Bariatric and Metabolic Institute surgeons have been developing a less invasive surgical procedure for longterm weight loss. Gastric plication offers important advantages over other bariatric procedures in that it involves no stapling, cutting or removal of tissue. Therefore, it is minimally invasive and can be performed in an outpatient setting and can be easily reversed.

Endocrinology & Metabolism

Cleveland Clinic Endocrinology & Metabolism Institute

Main Campus
9500 Euclid Avenue, S13
Cleveland, OH 44195

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes
    and Metabolism Appointments 800.223.2273
    ext. 46568
  • Bariatric & Metabolism
    Institute Appointments 800.223.2273
    ext. 52224
  • Endocrinology Surgery
    Appointments 800.223.2273
    ext. 46664
Genomic Medicine

Genomic Medicine

Institute Chairman: Charis Eng, MD, PhD

The Cleveland Clinic Center for Personalized Genetic Healthcare (CPGH) is among the nation’s leading authorities in Genetic and Genomic Medicine, and is recognized worldwide for excellence in patient care and patient-oriented clinical research. Our physicians and genetic counselors are active in research, education, public policy and patient advocacy.

Genomic Medicine

Center for Personalized Genetic Health

Desk NE50
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
800.998.4785 (toll-free)

Head & Neck

Head & Neck Institute

Institute Chairman: Michael S. Benninger, MD

The specialists at the Cleveland Clinic Head & Neck Institute have been recognized nationally and internationally by their peers as leaders in their field. Our team of experts continues to lead the nation in experience and innovative techniques that translate into improved outcomes and care for patients. With more than 30 full-time faculty members caring for adult and pediatric patients with complex ear, nose and throat disorders, the Institute is one of the largest otolaryngology programs in the United States.

The restructuring of Cleveland Clinic specialties around organ and disease systems led to the addition of general dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, prosthodontics and periodontics into the Head & Neck Institute. Our dental staff employs the latest techniques and most advanced technologies to solve complex oral and dental problems.

Related areas:

Head & Neck Institute

Cleveland Clinic's Head & Neck Institute is ranked the No.1 ear, nose and throat program in Ohio and also ranks as the No. 8 best program in the United States by U.S.News & World Report in its 2011-2012 “America's Best Hospitals” survey. The survey also recognized Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation's best hospitals overall, ranking the hospital No. 4 in the country.

Patient Experience

We ask our patients about their experiences and satisfaction with the services provided by our staff. Although our patients are already indicating we provide excellent care, we are committed to continuous improvement.

Overall Rating Of Care 2008-2009Overall Rating of Care as Ranked by Patients in 2010

Head & Neck Institute


Total Patient Visits


Total New Patients


Primary Surgical Cases



Head & Neck Institute

  • Osteoradionecrosis

    Our studies of surgical resection and vascularized bone reconstruction of refractory radiation-induced jaw deterioration, commonly termed “osteoradionecrosis” (ORN) of the mandible, is the largest reported in the literature. In a group of 33 end-stage patients, we had a 100% flap survival rate and a 94% cure rate for the infectious complications.

  • Wegener's Disease

    We have developed a novel extramucosal approach to nasal reconstruction in Wegener's patients with the use of bone taken from the outer layer of the skull. The avoidance of incisions in the nasal lining hypothetically limits the risk of Wegener’s flare-ups.

  • Endoscopic Management of Anterior Skull-Base Neoplasms

    The Section of Nasal and Sinus Disorders has been an international leader in the development and refinement of surgical techniques for minimally invasive management of anterior skull-base neoplasms.

Head & Neck Institute

Head & Neck Institute

9500 Euclid Avenue, Desk A71
Cleveland, OH 44195

Heart & Vascular (Miller Family)

Sydell & Arnold Miller Family
Heart & Vascular Institute

Institute Chairman: Lars Svensson, MD, PhD

The Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute is one of the largest, most experienced cardiovascular specialty groups in the world. Our physicians are committed to providing the most advanced diagnostic and treatment options, better outcomes and improved quality of life. U.S.News & World Report has ranked Cleveland Clinic as the No.1 heart program in America every year since 1995.

Departments & Centers:
  • Medicine
    Department of Cardiovascular
    Robert and Suzanne Tomsich
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Women's Cardiovascular Center
  • Kaufman Center for Heart Failure
  • Aorta Center
  • Center for Atrial Fibrillation

Imaging Institute

Institute Chairman: Gregory P. Borkowski, MD

The Imaging Institute at Cleveland Clinic ranks among the world’s leading radiological academic centers. Our subspecialized radiologists interpret more than 2.1 million images each year, offering patients the most up-to-date technological advances and innovative treatment options. In addition, our radiologists pursue pioneering research in areas such as acute stroke treatment, 3-D imaging, digital mammography and intravascular ultrasound.

Departments & Centers:

Imaging Institute


The number of exams performed and interpreted by Cleveland Clinic radiologists each year.


The number of pediatric exams performed and interpreted by Cleveland Clinic pediatric radiologists each year.


The number of imaging centers for which Cleveland Clinic radiologists interpret exams.

500 lbs.

The weight limit of large bore scanners offered by Nuclear Medicine. The larger scanners support heavier patients and reduce claustrophobia.

Imaging Institute

  • Uterine Fibroid Embolization

    This minimally invasive, non-surgical method is an alternative to the traditional treatment of a hysterectomy, a major surgery.

  • Cardiovascular Imaging Lab (CVIL)

    CVIL coronary CT exams are performed routinely in patients with low to intermediate risk factors for coronary artery disease. State-of-the-art CT equipment also minimizes radiation.

  • Vascular Anomalies Imaging

    Patients of all ages with congenital soft tissue masses, birthmarks and hemangiomas can consider multi-modality imaging using ultrasound and MRI. This treatment is now available to make correct diagnosis, determine the extent of involvement and effect management.

Imaging Institute

Cleveland Clinic Imaging Institute

9500 Euclid Avenue – P34
Cleveland, OH 44195

Lorain Institute

Lorain Institute

Institute Chairman: John Costin, MD

Lorain Institute comprises Cleveland Clinic locations throughout Lorain County, Ohio, where patients can choose a primary care physician from internal medicine, family medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics or geriatrics.

Our Lorain County locations also provide a wide array of specialty services, including care for cancer, heart, orthopaedics, ophthalmology and plastic surgery. We also have various medical, surgical and imaging specialties at our facilities and three outpatient surgery centers.

Cleveland Clinic physicians in Lorain County offer the highest quality preventive care for the entire family.

Family Health Centers
Medical Office Buildings
  • North Ridgeville
  • Wellington
Cleveland Clinic / Lakeland Eye
  • Complete eye care services at 13 convenient locations in Ashland, Cuyahoga, and Lorain Counties

Lorain Institute


The number of surgical cases our outpatient surgery center managed in 2012.


The number of years the sports injury physicians at the Kolczun Orthopaedics have been helping injured athletes return to competition.


The number of patient visits each year who seek a comprehensive range of ophthalmic services from the ophthalmology specialists of Lakeland Eye.

Lorain Institute

At the Lorain Institute:

The Elyria Family Health and Surgery Center is home to our Women’s Breast Health Program. This program is personalized for patients through a dedicated team of caregivers that includes board-certified breast imagers, breast health navigators, mammographers, OB/GYN physicians, general surgeons and plastic surgeons. The team is with the patient from detection through treatment, offering supportive care.

We’ve taken the reason patients travel to Cleveland Clinic - renowned specialists, exceptional resources and state-of-the-art equipment - and brought it to Lorain County, close to you.

Lorain Institute

Cleveland Clinic Lorain

5700 Cooper Foster Park Road
Lorain, OH 44053

Cleveland Clinic Elyria

303 Chestnut Commons Drive
Elyria, OH 44035

Cleveland Clinic Avon Lake

450 Avon-Belden Road
Avon Lake, OH 44012

Richard E. Jacobs Health Center

33100 Cleveland Clinic Blvd.
Avon, OH 44011

Cleveland Clinic North Ridgeville Medical Office

35105 Center Ridge Road
North Ridgeville, OH 44039

Cleveland Clinic Wellington Medical Office

805 Patriot Drive, Unit E
Wellington, OH 44090


Medicine Institute

Institute Chairman: David Longworth, MD

Established in fall 2007, Cleveland Clinic Medicine Institute brought together departments that provide coordinated patient care across the practices of adult primary care, hospital care and infectious disease. From establishing care with a new physician at one of our family health centers or main campus location to inpatient care through our hospital medicine and infectious disease consultants, the Medicine Institute has the expertise to deliver outstanding care and achieve superior outcomes.

Our institute strives to be the medical home for accessible, comprehensive, coordinated care for patients. At the same time, institute research is focused on improving outcomes in the care of chronic diseases, prevention, better care processes and outcomes for hospitalized patients, as well as advancing the science of infection diagnosis and management, particularly in medically or surgically complex patients.

Primary Care Women’s Health

This program is supported by more than 40 internal medicine and family medicine physicians at main campus and family health center locations. Primary Care Women’s Health provides an organized framework for coordinating and improving primary care related services for female patients throughout the health system. This program allows the Medicine Institute to exceed national quality targets and promote women’s health and wellness in the community.

Departments & Centers:

Medicine Institute

Cleveland Clinic Center for Geriatric Medicine is ranked #7 in the country and #1 in Ohio by U.S. News and World Report.

In our outpatient practice quality monitoring and improvement efforts, we have focused on measures to improve:

  • Access to your Primary Care Physician
  • Screening for common preventable or treatable conditions, such as breast cancer, colorectal cancer, cervical cancer and diabetes
  • Management of common chronic conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure
  • Care for common childhood illnesses, such as colds and sore throats
  • Prevention of infectious diseases via immunizations

An independent research firm asked our patients about their experiences and satisfaction with the services provided by our staff.

  • 87% of patients rated their overall care as excellent or very good.
  • 98% rated their provider care as excellent or very good.
Patient Experience

Overall Rating Of CareOverall Rating of Care as Ranked by Patients in 2009

Overall Rating Of Provider CareOverall Rating of Provider Care as Ranked by Patients in 2009

Would Recommend ProviderPercentage of Patients Who Would Recommend Provider in 2009

Medicine Institute


The number of patient visits completed by internal medicine and internal medicine/pediatric physicians at Cleveland Clinic family health centers


The number of outpatient visits by members of the Infectious Disease Clinic


The number of patient visits to the Department of Internal Medicine


The average number of minutes it takes our Medical Emergency Teams to reach a patient


The number of Institutional Review Board-approved research projects in 2009

Diabetes Screening

It is recommended that all adults age 45 and older periodically be tested for diabetes (ADA). The percentage of our patients over age 45 screened for diabetes with a fasting blood sugar within the past 3 years was evaluated. By the end of 2011, we had improved our documented testing from 90% to 93%.

Breast Cancer Screening

Mammography has been shown to detect early breast cancers, as well as improve survival of women diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2007, we expanded our criteria to coincide with national standards, extending the previous age range of 50-69 to 40-69. We now consider both of these ranges in our quality improvement efforts. Despite the change in criteria, we continue to exceed the national standards at 82%.

Colorectal Cancer Screening

Appropriate screening tests have clearly shown they can lead to earlier detection and reduced risk of death from colorectal cancer. We evaluate the percentage of patients age 50 and older who had documentation of colon cancer screening using colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and/or stool occult blood testing. Our screening percentages continue to be considerably better than NCQA nationally reported rates.

Pneumococcal Immunization

Immunization against pneumococcal pneumonia has been shown to lower mortality from pneumococcal illness and is recommended for older adults. The percentage of adults age 65 and older showing documentation of pneumococcal immunization was measured. At the end of 2011, our immunization rate is 84%.

Medicine Institute

  • Medicine Institute Center for Research and Innovation

    Prior to 2009, the Medicine Institute did not have a formal infrastructure to support physicians’ research interests. With the development of the MICRI research infrastructure, there is a more formalized and efficient process to support Medicine Institute investigators. This allows the Medicine Institute to develop many more research initiatives in primary care, hospital medicine and infectious disease, as well as to successfully compete for federal, foundation and industry-sponsored grants.

    Some projects include:

    Ume Abbas, MD, an infectious disease physician, was awarded a two-year Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant to support her project, “Antiretrovirals and Spread of HIV Drug Resistance.” The purpose of this project is to determine the potential impact of antiretrovirals (ARVs) used for antiretroviral treatment (ART) and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) on HIV prevention and drug resistance through mathematical and computational modeling. The long-term goal is to use modeling and simulation to design public health interventions to help control the global HIV epidemic.

Medicine Institute

Cleveland Clinic Medicine Institute

9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195

Contact us by Department/Center:
  • Department of Internal Medicine (main campus) 216 444.5665
  • Internal Medicine, Geriatrics 216 444.5665
  • Department of Hospital Medicine 216 445.1961
  • Department of Infectious Diseases 216 445.8845
  • Internal Medicine Residency Program 216 444.2336
  • Family Medicine Residency Program 216.476.7088
Departments of Community Internal Medicine:
  • Avon Pointe 440.899.5555
  • Beachwood 216.839.3000
  • Brunswick 330.225.8886
  • Chagrin Falls 440.893.9393
  • Independence 216.986.4000
  • Lakewood 216.521.4400
  • Richard E Jacobs (Avon)440.695.4000
  • Solon 440.519.6800
  • Strongsville 440.878.2500
  • Twinsburg 330.888.4000
  • Westlake 440.899.5555
  • Willoughby Hills 440.943.2500
  • Wooster 330.287.4500
Departments of Family Medicine:
  • Beachwood 216.839.3000
  • Brunswick 330.225.8886
  • Chagrin Falls 440.893.9393
  • Fairview 216.476.7088
  • Solon 440.519.6800
  • Strongsville 440.878.2500
  • Westlake 440.899.5555
  • Willoughby Hills 440.943.2500

Neurological Institute

Institute Chairman: Michael Modic, MD, FACR

The multidisciplinary Neurological Institute at Cleveland Clinic is a leader in treating and researching the most complex neurological disorders, advancing innovations such as epilepsy surgery, stereotactic spine radiosurgery, interstitial thermal therapy for brain tumors and deep brain stimulation. Annually, our staff of more than 300 specialists oversee nearly 175,000 outpatient visits and perform more than 9,500 surgical/interventional procedures.

Departments & Centers

Neurological Institute

U.S.News & World Report's “America's Best Hospitals” survey has consistently ranked the Cleveland Clinic's neurology/neurosurgery, psychiatry, pediatric neurology/neurosurgery and rehabilitation programs among the best in the nation.

2011-2012 U.S.News & World Report “America's Best Hospital” Rankings:

Specialty National Ranking
Neurology/Neurosurgery 6
Pediatric Neurology/Neurosurgery 7
Psychiatry 17
Rehabilitation 19

Neurological Institute


Total Outpatient visits across the Institute


Total admissions


Total number of inpatient days


The total number of Surgical/Interventional Procedures performed in 2011


Neuroimaging Studies performed on main campus and at family health centers

Neurological Institute

  • Auto LITT
    Rose Ella Burkhardt Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center

    The Rose Ella Burkhardt Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center was first in the world to test the AutoLITT™ system. The treatment uses a specially designed laser probe to heat and destroy brain tumors integrates the AutoLITT system with the latest intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology. Our leading-edge MRI unit generates high-resolution images in real time in a neurosurgical operating room that incorporates the AutoLITT system. This innovation allows physicians to see and direct the progress of tumor destruction as it happens, thereby increasing the likelihood that tumors will be completely removed. To date, the Center has performed more of these procedures than any other medical center in the country.

  • Deep Brain Stimulation
    Center for Neurological Restoration

    Andre Machado, MD, PhD, was awarded an NIH/NIGMS grant titled, “Deep brain stimulation of the ventral anterior limb of the internal capsule for modulation of the affective sphere of chronic neuropathic pain.” Cleveland Clinic researchers plan to target with deep brain stimulation (DBS) areas that are related to the control of behavior and emotion. By electrically stimulating these networks, researchers expect to reduce pain-related disability.

  • Mellen Center
    Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment and Research

    The Mellen Center Staff, under the direction of Dr. Robert J. Fox, our medical director, recently received an important grant from the National MS society to study chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency, a new theory of what causes MS. The project will evaluate individuals with MS and compare their ultrasound and MR venography results with those of healthy controls and individuals with other neurological and autoimmune disorders. We are pleased to have this opportunity to scientifically and objectively evaluate this possible link between multiple sclerosis and the blood flow out of the brain and spinal cord.

Neurological Institute

Contact us by Department/Center
  • Rose Ella Burkhardt Brain Tumor &
    Neuro-Oncology Center 866.588.2264
  • Neurological Center for Pain 866.588.2264
  • Center for Neurological Restoration 866.588.2264
  • Center for Pediatric Neurology and Neurosurgery 866.588.2264
  • Center for Spine Health 866.588.2264
  • Cerebrovascular Center 866.588.2264
  • Epilepsy Center 866.588.2264
  • Home Care Services216.444.4663
  • Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health866.588.2264
  • Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis
    Treatment and Research 866.588.2264
  • Neuromuscular Center 866.588.2264
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 866.588.2264
  • Department of Psychiatry and Psychology 866.588.2264
  • Sleep Disorders Center 866.588.2264
  • Department of Neurosurgery 866.588.2264
  • Neurology 866.588.2264

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Nursing Institute

Nearly 11,000 nurses and additional support staff at the Zielony Nursing Institute practice on more than 40 specialty-based nursing units. More than 900 advanced practice nurses, including certified nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists and certified nurse midwives collaborate with physicians to manage patient care in the inpatient, outpatient and perioperative settings.

The Stanley Shalom Zielony Center for Nursing Education is a funded and endowed program designed to provide advanced nursing opportunities, expand nursing programs and support the vision for excellence in the Cleveland Clinic Nursing Institute.

Opportunities & Resources:

Nursing Institute

Magnet Status

In 2003, Cleveland Clinic earned Magnet Status and re-designated in 2008. Magnet Status is the highest national award for excellence in nursing, which is given by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Only 5.5% of the nation's more than 7,000 hospitals have earned this distinction.

Nursing Institute


Percentage of healthcare organizations in the United States that have achieved magnet status. Cleveland Clinic and Fairview Hospital received this distinction.


Percentage of Cleveland Clinic direct patient care nurses in 2008 who held at least one national nursing certification in their area of specialty.


Percentage of male nurses practicing at Cleveland Clinic.


Approximate number of advanced practice nurses employed at Cleveland Clinic.

Nursing Institute

Contact Us:
  • Nursing Administration 216.445.4283
  • Nursing Education 216.444.4260
  • RN & LPN Nurse Recruitment 216.448.0377

Main Campus
9500 Euclid Ave/H18
Cleveland, OH 44195

Nursing Education
8911 Euclid Ave./HSB-111
Cleveland, OH 44106

RN and LPN Nurse Recruitment
Building 3
3050 Science Park Drive
Beachwood, OH 44122

Ob/Gyn & Women's Health

Ob/Gyn & Women's Health

Institute Chairman: Tommaso Falcone, MD

Cleveland Clinic's Ob/Gyn & Women's Health Institute is dedicated to meeting the unique and changing medical needs of women of all ages. From breast disease, infertility and in vitro fertilization to urogynecology, gynecologic cancer and minimally invasive treatments, our team is expert in coordinated and supportive treatment of the problems that impact women's lives.

Departments and Services:

OB/GYN & Women's Health

Cleveland Clinic's Ob/Gyn and Women's Health Institute is ranked No. 1 in Ohio and No. 3 in the nation according to U.S.News and World Report.

Patient Experience

We ask our patients about their experiences and satisfaction with the services provided by our staff. Although our patients are already indicating we provide excellent care, we are committed to continuous improvement.

OB/GYN & Women's Health


The number of convenient locations at which our Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health Staff provide comprehensive care


The number of outpatient visits for the Ob/Gyn & Women’s Health Institute in 2011


The number of births at all Cleveland Clinic regional hospitals and main campus in 2011


The number of gynecological procedures performed in 2011


The number of women who participate each year in “Speaking of Women's Health” events sponsored by the Center for Specialized Women's Health

OB/GYN & Women's Health

  • Fertility Preservation

    Cleveland Clinic's fertility specialists have developed expertise in the best cryopreservation techniques.

  • Robotics

    Our surgeons are increasingly using a robot to assist in the minimally invasive treatment of gynecologic disorders, particularly vaginal prolapse and hysterectomy, giving patients the benefits of minimally invasive surgery with less blood loss, fewer complications and shorter hospital stays.

  • Nipple Sparing Mastectomy

    Preservation of the nipple areolar complex at the time of mastectomy has been pioneered at Cleveland Clinic. Our outcomes for this procedure have been superior and our experience with more than 200 procedures is one of the largest in the world.

  • Free Flap Breast Reconstruction

    Our microvascular breast reconstructive surgeons have considerable experience with free flap reconstructions, which are only offered in a select group of centers worldwide.

OB/GYN & Women's Health

OB/GYN & Women's Health Institute

Main Campus
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195

  • General Patient Referral
    24/7 hospital transfers or physician consults 800.553.5056
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Appointments/Referrals 800.223.2273, ext. 46601
  • Women's Health Advice Line
    Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 800.223.2273, ext. 44437
  • Center for Specialized Women’s Health
    Appointments/Referrals 800.223.2273 ext. 43024

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Ophthalmology (Cole Eye)

Cole Eye Institute

Institute Chairman: Daniel F. Martin, MD

The Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute is one of the few dedicated, comprehensive eye institutes in the world. Our internationally recognized staff diagnoses and treats the entire spectrum of conditions of the eye, caring for more than 170,000 patients and performing more than 7,500 surgeries annually.

More information:
  • Find An Eye Doctor
  • Eye Treatments & Procedures
  • Laser Vision Correction
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Cosmetic Eye Surgery
  • Information For Patients
  • Clinical Trials

Cole Eye Institute

U.S.News & World Report's “America's Best Hospitals” survey consistently has ranked the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute as one of “America's Best” ophthalmology programs, making it the No. 1 program in Ohio.

Patient Experience

We ask our patients about their experiences and satisfaction with the services provided by out staff. Although our patients are already indicating we provide excellent care, we are committed to continuous improvement.

Overall Rating Care 2007Overall Rating of Care as Ranked by Patients: 2007 vs. 2008

Cole Eye Institute


The number of patient visits at Cole Eye Institute each year.


The number of clinical procedures physicians perform at Cole Eye Institute – volumes among the highest in the nation.


The number of national and international peer-reviewed journals that have published the work of our ophthalmologists and researchers.


The number of retina procedures performed annually by the Cole Eye Institute vitreoretinal team of physicians, who have been internationally recognized for their expertise in diagnosing and treating the full range of retinal disorders.

Cole Eye Institute

  • Dr. Hollyfield Recognized

    Joe G. Hollyfield, PhD, Professor of Ophthalmology at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine was selected as the next recipient of the Proctor Medal by the Board of Trustees of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. This prestigious award recognizes his work in significantly advancing the understanding of the cell biology of photoreceptors, interphotoreceptor matrix and the pigment epithelium.

  • Developing New Therapeutics for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

    A research team led by Joe G. Hollyfield, PhD, has developed the first animal model of AMD that will enable researchers to efficiently and effectively develop and test novel therapies to both prevent the disease and slow vision loss.

Cole Eye Institute

Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute

Main Campus
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
1.800.223.2273, ext. 42030

Contact by Department or Location:
  • Laser Vision Correction 216.445.8585
  • Beachwood 216.831.0120
  • Independence 216.986.4000
  • Hillcrest Hospital 440.461.4733
  • Strongsville 440.878.2500
  • Twinsburg 330.888.4000
Orthopaedics & Rheumatologic

Orthopaedic &
Rheumatologic Institute

Institute Chairman: Joseph P. Iannotti, MD, PhD

The Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute offers expert diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for adults and children with bone, joint or connective tissue disorders. The Institute blends the strengths of Cleveland Clinic's Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Programs. Our physicians offer comprehensive care at Cleveland Clinic's main campus, Family Health and Surgery Centers, affiliated hospitals, and in Florida.

More information:

Orthopaedic &
Rheumatologic Institute

U.S.News & World Report's “America's Best Hospitals” survey has consistently ranked the Cleveland Clinic Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Programs among the top 4 in the nation.

2011-2012 U.S.News & World Report “America's Best Hospital” Rankings:

Specialty National Ranking Ohio Ranking
Orthopaedics 4 1
Rheumatology 3 1
Patient Experience:

We ask our patients about their experiences and satisfaction with the services provided by our staff. Although our patients are already indicating we provide excellent care, we are committed to continuous improvement.

Overall Rating CareOverall Rating of Care as Ranked by Patients in 2010

Overall Rating Provider CareOverall Rating of Provider Care as Ranked by Patients in 2010

Would Recommend ProviderPercentage of Patients Who Would Recommend Provider in 2010

Orthopaedic &
Rheumatologic Institute

Sports Health


The number of professional teams worldwide that sent an athlete for treatment.


The number of area high schools that have Cleveland Clinic Sports Medicine coverage.


The number of professional sports teams that are served by Cleveland Clinic Sports Medicine.


The number of Sports Health Surgeons and Primary Care Physicians on staff.

Orthopaedic &
Rheumatologic Institute

  • Managing Pain after Total Knee Replacement

    For patients undergoing knee replacement, pain control is improved by using a combination of a femoral nerve catheter, a spinal anesthetic, and an analgesic cocktail. Using this new pain protocol has led to patients having significantly less pain on each day of their hospital stay, with improved function scores up to 4 weeks after surgery.

  • First Arthroscopic Knee Resurfacing Procedure

    Anthony Miniaci, MD, FRCSC, Executive Director of Cleveland Clinic Sports Health, developed the UniCAP, the first knee resurfacing procedure to be performed using arthroscopy. The UniCAP system is the first to utilize arthroscopy to re-line damaged surfaces on the inside or outside of the knee, or under the kneecap. For active individuals, it is more effective than other treatments in getting joints to move smoothly and painlessly and less drastic than total knee replacement.

Orthopaedic &
Rheumatologic Institute

Physician referrals: 216.445.0096

Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Treatment Center
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

9500 Euclid Avenue/A40 A41
Cleveland, OH 44195

  • Orthopaedics 866.275.7496
  • Joint Replacement 866.275.7496
  • Foot and Ankle 866.275.7496
  • Hand and Upper Extremity 866.275.7496
  • Pediatrics 866.275.7496
  • Spine 866.275.7496
  • Sports Health 877.440.TEAM
Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases

9500 Euclid Avenue/A50
Cleveland, OH 44195

  • Rheumatology 866.275.7496
  • Center for Vasculitis 866.275.7496
  • Center for Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Disease 866.275.7496
  • Pediatrics 866.275.7496
  • Clinical Immunology 866.275.7496
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Robert J. Tomsich Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Institute

Institute Chairman: Kandice Kottke-Marchant, MD, PhD

The Robert J. Tomsich Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Institute has more than 1,600 employees and 100 professional staff. Comprised of the laboratories located at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus, regional hospitals, family health centers and Cleveland Clinic Florida, we generate more than 20 million tests annually. We also serve external clients throughout the country with our full-service reference laboratory, Cleveland Clinic Laboratories. Physicians rely on the specialists within the institute to provide the expert diagnosis, second opinions and subspecialty consultation that are the basis for effective patient care.

Quality & Patient Safety

Quality & Patient Safety

Chief Quality Officer : Cynthia Deyling, MD, MHCM, FACP

The Quality & Patient Safety Institute oversees reporting of quality outcomes data, compliance with governmental and regulatory agencies, both patient and employee safety as well as quality improvement to enhance the quality of patient care delivered in a safe environment. Content experts from Accreditation, Clinical Risk Management, Environmental Health & Safety, Infection Prevention, Patient Safety, Quality and Quality Improvement work diligently with clinical colleagues to ensure Cleveland Clinic is a national leader recognized for safe, high quality care.

  • Accreditation
  • Clinical Risk Management
  • Environmental Safety
  • Infection Control
  • Quality
  • Quality Data Registries
  • Quality Improvement
Research (Lerner)

Lerner Research Institute

Institute Chairman: Paul E. DiCorleto, PhD

Lerner Research Institute with over $160 million of annual external funding is home to laboratory-based, translational and clinical research at Cleveland Clinic. Over 160 laboratory principal investigators and a multitude of clinical investigators pursue research in cardiovascular, cancer, neurologic, musculoskeletal, allergic and immunologic, eye, metabolic and infectious diseases. A hallmark of the Institute is its focus on multi-disciplinary, disease-oriented research with a primary goal of accelerating the translation of discoveries to positively impact human health.


Lerner Research Institute


Number of laboratory Principal Investigators.


Number of research employees (clinical and laboratory, excluding graduate students and postdoctoral fellows)


Number of total publications (1301 journal manuscripts, 3 books, and 67 chapters)


Total research funding


Federal funding


Total number of innovations (62 invention disclosures, 21 patents, 12 licenses, and 3 new companies)

Lerner Research Institute

  • Discovered heritable cause for Barrett's esophagus
  • Developed prototype breast cancer vaccine
  • Fashioned the Intelligent Mouthguard to measure concussive forces in athletes
  • Updated clinical practice guidelines based on latest research findings
  • Research links a common dietary lipid and intestinal microflora to an increased risk of heart disease
  • Breakthrough understanding of how multiple sclerosis develops
  • Creating artificial organs: an implantable bioartificial kidney and total artificial heart
  • Calculating personalized risk assessment regarding disease and treatment options
  • Identifying new molecular targets of disease, from brain cancer and retinal diseases to pregnancy-induced hypertension and beyond

Lerner Research Institute

9500 Euclid Avenue / NB21
Cleveland, OH 44195

Respiratory (Lungs, Breathing & Allergy)

Respiratory Institute

Institute Chairman: Herbert Wiedemann, MD, MBA

At Cleveland Clinic's Respiratory Institute, we provide world-class patient care by combining our strengths in clinical expertise, research and education. Serving nearly 90,000 patients annually, the Respiratory Institute’s unsurpassed expertise and experience attracts patients from all over the world who seek a definitive diagnosis and cutting-edge treatment, often for a rare or complex lung disorder. With more than 60 pulmonologists, allergists/immunologists and critical care specialists, the Respiratory Institute diagnoses and treats a wide range of lung, allergy and breathing-related conditions.

Departments & Centers:

Respiratory Institute

Cleveland Clinic's Respiratory Institute is ranked #3 in the country, according to the U.S.News & World Report annual survey of “America's Best Hospitals.”

Patient Experience

We ask our patients about their experiences and satisfaction with the services provided by our staff. Although our patients are already indicating we provide excellent care, we are committed to continuous improvement.

Overall Rating Care as Ranked by Patients in 2010Overall Rating of Care as Ranked by Patients in 2010

Overall Rating Provider Care 2010Overall Rating of Provider Care as Ranked by Patients in 2010

Respiratory Institute


The number of patient visits to the Respiratory Institute in 2010.


Funding for research raised in 2010 for the Respiratory Institute. In addition, 73 grants were received.


The number of bronchoscopies performed in 2010.


The number of lung transplants performed in 2010.


The number of Interstitial Lung Disease Visits in 2010, a 35% increase in four years.


The number of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Visits in 2010, a 61% increase in four years.


The number of Sarcoidosis Visits in 2010, a 74% increase in four years.


The number of Sarcoidosis Visits in 2010, a 74% increase in four years.


The number of COPD Visits in 2010, a 20% increase in four years.

The Cleveland Clinic Lung Transplant Program, which is a collaborative effort with the Department of Thoracic Surgery, is also one of the largest in the United States. The average transplant wait time is lower at Cleveland Clinic than at other centers around the country.

Respiratory Institute

  • The Respiratory Special Care Unit (ReSCU)

    The Respiratory Special Care Unit (ReSCU) was created for persons who depend on mechanical ventilation to breathe but who are otherwise healthy enough to leave the intensive care unit. The primary goals of the ReSCU are to have patients breathe without the ventilator, teach patients self-care, teach family members how to care for the patient and manage the ventilator at home and prepare the patient and family for the patient's discharge to another facility.

  • Bronchial Artery Revascularization (BAR)

    Bronchial artery revascularization (BAR) is a surgical technique intended to restore bronchial arterial circulation to transplanted lungs. Cleveland Clinic’s Transplant Surgical Team currently is conducting a prospective pilot study offering BAR at the time of transplantation with the reasoning that by restoring bronchial blood supply both short- and long-term outcomes in lung transplant patients may be improved.

    IBV (Intra-Bronchial Valve)

    Over the last few years, Cleveland Clinic pulmonologists have been participating in several multicenter trials to assess the efficacy and safety of bronchoscopic treatments for patients with severe emphysema. One such device, manufactured by Spiration, Inc., is an umbrella-shaped nitinol framed prosthesis with a synthetic polymer cover. The flexible nitinol frame enables the valve to maintain contact with the airway wall and prevent air from passing into the diseased portions of the lungs while allowing for mucus and air to escape. This creates a one-way valve effect and redirects inspired air from the diseased upper lobes to the healthier lower lobes.

    Exhale Airway Stents for Emphysema

    Another trial currently enrolling at Cleveland Clinic is a randomized, double-blind study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the Exhale® drug-eluting stent in patients with homogeneous emphysema and severe hyperinflation. This technique involves creating artificial airways, or "airways bypasses," across the wall of poorly functioning existing airways.

    New Bronchoscopy Suites

    The Patricia L. and Thomas P. Brundige bronchoscopy suites opened on Aug. 13, 2010.These new suites are designed to provide the full range of services, from standard bronchoscopy through advanced diagnostic and major therapeutic thoracic endoscopy.

    Systematic Mediastinal EBUS Staging

    With the availability of general anesthesia, we can perform a minimally invasive assessment of the mediastinal lymph nodes and combine the diagnostic and staging procedures in a single step. In addition to obtaining diagnostic tissue, we assess and sample all visible lymph nodes ≥ 5 mm, even if they do not appear abnormal on CT or PET scans. The ability to diagnose and stage lung cancer in a single, minimally invasive procedure can help patients obtain appropriate treatment sooner and with less risk than that posed by multiple staged procedures.

    Stent Modification

    Both malignant and nonmalignant central airway occlusions present many challenges, in that not all simple tubular silicone and self-expanding metallic stents are designed to fix the problems we face. One of the benefits of having a stock of silicone stents in our suites is that we can modify and shape stents during procedures to meet the unique needs of individual patients.

    Procedure Benchmarking

    Cleveland Clinic was one of the first 10 medical centers in the world to contribute procedural data to an international registry sponsored by the American College of Chest Physicians. The AQuIRE bronchoscopy registry has been developed to gather a number of anonymous clinical variables related to bronchoscopy procedure types, complications and outcomes, the intent being to better understand the value of bronchoscopy.

    Using Short-Cycle Business Intelligence to Drive Change

    Beginning in late 2010, the Respiratory Institute began using short-cycle business intelligence (BI) to focus on procedural and protocol compliance for ventilation weaning. In collaboration with various respiratory therapy groups, including personnel from the Medical Intensive Care Unit, the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, the Respiratory Special Care Unit and the Neurological Intensive Care Unit, we use a variety of metrics to evaluate performance, such as: sedation levels at time of screening and spontaneous breathing trial (SBT), time (of day) SBT and screening take place, reasons for failed screening, SBT or extubation. Monitoring these specific metrics allows us to make changes to our procedures and/or protocols on a near-real-time basis, allowing for feedback on compliance and testing outcomes.

    How Treating Bone Marrow Might Help Patients with Pulmonary Hypertension

    Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a proliferative vasculopathy of the pulmonary circulation leading to vascular remodeling and arterial obliteration, which increase pulmonary arterial pressures and lead to right heart failure and death. Currently available vasodilator therapies for PAH, although helpful in improving exercise tolerance and quality of life, are only moderately effective in improving survival.

Respiratory Institute

Cleveland Clinic Respiratory Institute

9500 Euclid Avenue / NB21
Cleveland, OH 44195
1.866.223.LUNG (5864)

Urology & Kidney (Glickman)

Glickman Institute

U.S.News & World Report has ranked Cleveland Clinic’s urology program along with the kidney disease program No. 2 in the nation in 2015-2016.


Wellness Institute

Institute Chairman: Michael Roizen, MD

The Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute is dedicated to making preventive care the driving force in medicine. Our goal is to minimize the physical, emotional and economic costs of illness for our employees, our patients and the community. We believe that making health and wellness education accessible to all will improve the quality of life and sense of well-being in society at large.

Our programs:

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Diagnostics & Tests

Has your doctor ordered a medical test?

This A–to–Z listing offers information about common medical tests, how they are taken, and what the results may indicate.

Treatments & Procedures

Are you scheduled to undergo a treatment or procedure?

This A–to–Z listing offers information about treatments that patients may undergo once a disease or condition has been diagnosed.

Senior Services

Maintenance & Treatment

Free programs to help those 50 and older preserve healthy lifestyles. We also offer diagnosis and treatment for elderly patients with complex medical conditions and social problems.

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