Robert Wyllie, MD, is Chief of Medical Operations at Cleveland Clinic since 2011. In this position he is responsible for the activities of a variety of units including Business Intelligence, Pharmacy, Continuous Improvement, Hospital Throughput, Surgical Operations, and Critical Care Transport. Dr. Wyllie also oversees the operations of Service Line Performance Management, driving down the cost of health care while improving quality and enhancing patient experience.
Cleveland Clinic is a world leader in hospital transfers, with nearly 2000 transfers per month from 48 states and 22 countries. Cleveland Clinic’s Main Campus is among the largest and busiest hospitals in the United States, with 55,000 admissions in 2012. As a large academic medical center, Cleveland Clinic’s surgical operations are ranked among the most efficient in the United States, with 80% utilization. Cleveland Clinic has been recognized by the University Hospital Consortium for its outstanding work in quality and efficiency, winning an award as the Most Improved Hospital among academic medical centers in the United States in 2012. To discuss these activities and accomplishments, Dr. Wyllie is invited each year to the World Conference of Health Care.
Before Cleveland Clinic’s President and CEO, Dr. Delos Cosgrove, brought him onto his Executive Team, Dr. Wyllie was Chief of Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, Chairman of the Pediatric Institute, and the first holder of the Calabrese Endowed Chair in Pediatrics. During his five years in the position, Dr. Wyllie recruited 160 physicians and tripled the number of pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists at Cleveland Clinic. Under his leadership, every pediatric specialty became ranked nationally by US News & World Report, and Cleveland Clinic’s became the highest rated Children’s Hospital in northern Ohio. He built a system for pediatric care across northeast Ohio, with three level 3 neonatal intensive care units staffed 24/7 by pediatric neonatologists and community hospitals staffed at all times by on-site pediatricians. Under Dr. Wyllie’s leadership, Cleveland Clinic’s Children’s Hospital grew to be the largest provider of pediatric services in northeast Ohio.
Dr. Wyllie is also a world renowned pediatric gastroenterologist with subspecialty interest in inflammatory bowel disease and complex endoscopic procedures. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, and has been repeatedly named among Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors, Best Doctors in America, and Consumers’ Checkbook Guide to Top Doctors. Other prominent roles at Cleveland Clinic include Member of the Board of Governors, Vice Chair of the Office of Professional Staff Affairs, and Past President of the Professional Staff.
Dr. Wyllie is a member of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterological Association, the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. He is editor of a major textbook in pediatric gastroenterology, starting on its fifth edition, and has authored over 130 articles in scientific journals including New England Journal of Medicine, Pediatrics, Journal of Pediatrics, Clinical Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, American Family Physician, Journal of Nuclear Medicine, Hepatology, and the American Academy of Pediatrics update. He has presented at more than 185 national and international scientific meetings and has delivered more than 135 presentations at hospitals and medical centers.
Dr. Wyllie graduated with honors from the Indiana University School of Medicine, where he also completed a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition. Dr. Wyllie earned membership in Phi Beta Kappa while pursuing his undergraduate degree at Indiana University and received the Lyman Mieks Award as the outstanding student in pediatrics. His wife, Dr. Elaine Wyllie, is a world renowned pediatric epileptologist at Cleveland Clinic, and their two sons are pursuing exciting careers in science and technology.