Cleveland Clinic Appoints Executive Director of Federal Government Relations

Cleveland Clinic has named Chet Speed as its Executive Director of Federal Government Relations.

October 4, 2011

Speed, who has more than two decades of experience on Capitol Hill as a Congressional staffer, attorney, and health-care lobbyist, assumed his new post Sept. 11, 2011, serving as the lead liaison between Cleveland Clinic and the federal government on legislative, regulatory and administrative matters.

As Executive Director of Federal Government Relations, Speed collaborates with Cleveland Clinic staff to coordinate matters that require government interaction, to determine its priorities, to help develop strategies for its leadership, and to share information on Washington developments. He represents Cleveland Clinic’s positions on federal affairs relating to the executive branch, Congress, certain regulatory agencies, trade associations and health-care thought leaders. From his Washington office, Speed will work closely with the Clinic’s Cleveland-based federal, state and local government relations team as well.

“Chet’s wide-reaching experience in D.C. will strengthen Cleveland Clinic’s voice in Washington, D.C., at a time when federal health-care policy is in the midst of historic change,” said Cleveland Clinic’s Chief Government Relations Officer  Oliver Henkel, Jr. “Chet will be a strong advocate for Cleveland Clinic’s interests and an active participant in the healthcare policy arena.”

Speed comes to Cleveland Clinic from the American Medical Group Association, where he was Vice President for Public Policy, developing public policy in support of AMGA members and their patients and representing AMGA’s interests before Congress and federal agencies.

Speed has also served as a Senior Counsel to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Counsel to the Inspector General in Washington, D.C., where he negotiated Corporate Integrity Agreements and participated in the global settlements of federal False Claims Act cases.

Previously, he was a health care attorney, counseling hospitals, nursing facilities, physicians groups and health care providers. He also has handled government affairs for the American Society of Internal Medicine and the Society of Neuroscience, in addition to working for four years on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant. Speed holds a Masters of Laws from University of Houston Law Center, Health Law and Policy Institute, a J.D. from Catholic University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Colgate University.

About Cleveland Clinic

Celebrating its 90th anniversary, Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. It 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. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. 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 2,800 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic Health System includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, nine community hospitals and 15 Family Health Centers in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and opening in 2013, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2010, there were 4 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 155,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 100 countries. Visit us at  Follow us at

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