Cleveland Clinic Names Chairman of Institutional Relations and Development

Armando L. Chardiet to Lead Health System’s Transformational Philanthropic Efforts


Cleveland Clinic has named Armando L. Chardiet chairman of Institutional Relations and Development. He will join the organization on July 1.

Responsible for leading all philanthropic initiatives and capital campaigns for the health system, Mr. Chardiet brings deep international experience and extensive development achievements to Cleveland Clinic.

“Armando’s talent, vision and depth of healthcare experience will strongly position Cleveland Clinic to continually deliver world-class patient care, innovative research and outstanding educational programs,” said Delos M. “Toby” Cosgrove, MD, President and CEO of Cleveland Clinic. “The generosity of our donors has fueled a time of unprecedented growth and innovation at Cleveland Clinic. Their support has made Cleveland Clinic what it is today—and it will carry us through a new generation of even greater achievement.”

In addition to his role as chairman of institutional relations and development, Mr. Chardiet will become the Executive Director of “Today’s Innovations, Tomorrow’s Healthcare,” Cleveland Clinic’s five-year philanthropic campaign to raise $1.25 billion. Cleveland Clinic is one of the first health systems in the country to embark on such a campaign. The funds support innovative patient care, basic and clinical research, medical and patient education, and physical expansion.

The generosity of Cleveland Clinic’s donors has laid the foundation for the future delivery of healthcare supporting key projects, such as: tuition-free scholarships for Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine students, The Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute, and the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, among others.

“Cleveland Clinic is re-defining healthcare and practicing the medicine of the future,” said Mr. Chardiet. “I am honored to become a part of this pioneering healthcare organization. With the generosity of friends, patients and the philanthropic community, Cleveland Clinic’s revolutionary spirit will bring new treatments and innovations to patients everywhere.”

Mr. Chardiet has significant expertise in developing, launching and stewarding major philanthropic campaigns across health systems. He is a recognized leader in the world of philanthropy and has significant experience in establishing a strong culture of charitable giving. Under his leadership, the University of Pennsylvania Medical School doubled the annual fundraising numbers during the course of the “Making History: The Campaign for Penn” campaign.

Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, Mr. Chardiet was the Chief Advancement Officer and Assistant Vice Dean at the University of Pennsylvania Health System and University of Pennsylvania Medical School. He has previous experience at the Washington Hospital Center Foundation, the development arm of the largest teaching hospital in Washington, D.C.  Earlier in his development career, he held positions at Red Cross, Brown University and American University.

Mr. Chardiet received his Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations and Latin American studies from Southern Connecticut University in 1973. Five years later, he earned a Master of Science degree in social policy research from the University of Pennsylvania, followed by an advanced certificate degree from Penn in research.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic 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. 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 2,000 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 7,600 nurses at Cleveland Clinic represent more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties. In addition to its main campus, Cleveland Clinic operates nine community hospitals in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas and Cleveland Clinic Canada. In 2008, there were more than 4.2 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 165,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 80 countries.

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