Delos M. Cosgrove, MD
Chief Executive Officer, President, Director
Chairman of the Board of Governors
Dr. Cosgrove first joined Cleveland Clinic in 1975. As CEO, Dr. Cosgrove presides over a $8 billion healthcare system comprised of the Cleveland Clinic, nine regional hospitals, 21 family health and ambulatory surgery centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Toronto, and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Under his leadership, Cleveland Clinic has consistently been named among America’s top five hospitals (U.S.News & World Report) and is one of only two hospitals named among “America’s 99 Most Ethical Companies” (Ethisphere Institute).
Dr. Cosgrove received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville and completed his clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Brook General Hospital in London. His undergraduate work was at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.
He was a surgeon in the U.S. Air Force and served in Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam, as the Chief of U.S. Air Force Casualty Staging Flight. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal.
The recipient of Cleveland Clinic’s Master Clinician Award, Innovator of the Year Award and Lerner Humanitarian Award, Dr. Cosgrove is also a member of the Cleveland Medical Hall of Fame and Cleveland Business Hall of Fame. In 2007 he was named Cleveland Business Executive of the Year by the Sales and Marketing Executives of Cleveland, and Castle Connolly’s National Physician of the Year. He also received the Woodrow Wilson Center Award for Public Service as well as Harvard Business School’s Award from HBS Alumni, Cleveland, and the Humanitarian Award of the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio. Dr. Cosgrove topped Inside Business’s “Power 100” listing for Northeast Ohio, and is highly ranked among Modern Healthcare’s “100 most powerful people in healthcare” and “most powerful physician executives.”
Wael K. Barsoum, MD
President, Cleveland Clinic Florida
Dr. Barsoum is the Chairman of Surgical Operations and Vice Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic. He also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and is involved in the training of future physicians as the Director of Research and Education for the Orthopaedic Adult Reconstructive Surgery Section and Associate Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.
He obtained his medical degree from The Ohio State University, followed by Orthopaedic Surgery residency training at Cleveland Clinic and a fellowship in Adult Reconstructive Surgery at the New England Baptist Hospital. He is a fellow of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the American Orthopaedic Association. Additionally, Dr. Barsoum is an avid researcher and innovator. He is the principal investigator for a variety of clinical, basic science, and translational studies and has 45 patents applied for or granted.
Dr. Barsoum has received the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Innovations Award nine times, and also received the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Sones Award for Innovation.
Michael Benninger, MD
Chair, Head and Neck Institute
Dr. Michael S. Benninger is the Chairman of the Head and Neck Institute at The Cleveland Clinic and is a Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. The Head and Neck Institute comprise the specialties of Otolaryngology, Audiology, Speech and Language Sciences, Oral Surgery and Dentistry.
In addition to his work at the hospital, Dr. Benninger has been very involved in Regional, National and International medical organizations. He is the President of the American Laryngologic Association, the President-Elect of the International Association of Phonosurgery and a member of the Board of Directors of the Voice Foundation. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) for 12 years, having been a former Vice President and Chairman of the Board of Governors of that organization. He is also a Past-President of the American Rhinologic Society and the Michigan Oto-Laryngological Society. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, which is the largest peer-reviewed journal in the world for that specialty. He has served on the Residency Review Committee for Otolaryngology and as a member of the Medical Advisory Board for WebMD. He is the Past-Chairman of the Steering Committee for the Sinus and Allergy Health Partnership.
Dr Benninger has authored or edited 6 books, including his most recent books, “The Performer’s Voice” and “The Singer’s Voice”. He has 2 additional books in press. He has also has written over 50 book chapters and over 170 scientific articles, focusing primarily on voice care and laryngology, nasal and sinus disease and health care management. He has lectured extensively across the country and throughout the world.
A graduate of Harvard University, Dr. Benninger received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed his residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
Adrienne Boissy, MD, MA
Chief Experience Officer
Adrienne Boissy, MD, MA, is the Chief Experience Officer of Cleveland Clinic. She is a staff physician at the Cleveland Clinic Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis and has a secondary appointment in Bioethics. Before moving into the Chief Experience Officer role, she served as the Medical Director of the Center of Excellence in Healthcare Communication. Her team has created a comprehensive program to strengthen physician and provider communication skills throughout Cleveland Clinic and has trained more than 4,000 staff physicians and house staff to date.
Dr. Boissy also guided the development of patient advisory councils across the Cleveland Clinic health system and is active in the Cleveland Clinic Professionalism Council. She currently serves as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Patient Experience.
As part of her clinical work, Dr. Boissy focuses on ethical issues in neurological disease. She served on the Cleveland Clinic Ethics Committee and is the Assistant Clinical Director in the Center for Neuroethics. She has been published in Neurocritical Care, AAN Continuum and Neurology regarding the humane treatment of critically ill patients and communication challenges in clinical practice. In particular, she has a special interest in the words clinicians choose when conveying information, and the risks and ethics of what she calls “therapeutic mislabeling” versus truth telling.
Dr. Boissy was awarded a Sylvia Lawry Fellowship grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and an Arnold P. Gold Foundation grant for humanism in medicine. She also serves on the editorial board of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Momentum Magazine. Dr. Boissy also is a Harvard Macy scholar. She has spoken extensively around the country about the patient and provider experience and the impact of effective communication on both.
Dr. Boissy attended Boston University and worked in neurobiological research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston. She completed her medical school training at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and finished her neurology residency and neuroimmunology fellowship at Cleveland Clinic. She completed a master’s degree in bioethics from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland.
Brian J. Bolwell, MD
Chair, Taussig Cancer Institute
Brian Bolwell, MD, is the Chairman of Taussig Cancer Institute at Cleveland Clinic in addition to being Chairman of the Department of Hematologic Oncology and Blood Disorders. He is a Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and has authored more than 300 articles and abstracts concerning hematologic malignancies and bone marrow transplantation. He also has edited a book entitled “Current Controversies in Bone Marrow Transplantation.” (Humana Press, 2000), and he is co-editor of a recently published textbook entitled “Clinical Malignant Hematology” (McGraw-Hill, 2007).
He attended Harvard University and he received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. He completed his medical internship and residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland and completed his hematology/oncology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Bolwell is a reviewer for many journals including the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Blood, Annals of Internal Medicine and Bone Marrow Transplantation. He has served, on multiple occasions, as a Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) abstract reviewer and abstract session coordinating reviewer at the American Society of Hematology Annual meetings.
He has held the position of Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Consortium for more than 10 years. In 2004, he was elected to the Executive Committee of the International Bone Marrow Transplant Registry and the Autologous Blood and Marrow Transplant Registry. He is a member of the Board of Governors of Cleveland Clinic.
Bradford Borden, MD
Associate Chief of Staff
Chair, Emergency Services Institute
Bradford L. Borden, MD, FACEP, has been the Chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Emergency Services Institute since January 1, 2012. Prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Borden served as CEO of Emergency Care Specialists, Inc., and as Medical Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Marymount Hospital for nearly 15 years. He served as President of the Marymount Hospital Medical Staff from 2007–2009 and also served as President-Elect for a second term through the end of 2011.
In July, 2013, Dr. Borden was appointed Chairman – Professional Staff Affairs. He is a member of the Clinical Enterprise Management Committee, Enterprise Risk Management Steering Committee, Risk Steering Committee and Professional Conduct Committee. In addition, he is the Chair of the Cleveland Clinic Health System’s Emergency Services Steering Committee, and is a member of Cleveland Clinic Medical Operations Committee and the Cleveland Clinic Emergency Management Department. In January, 2015, Dr. Borden became a member of the Northern Ohio Trauma Services Board and CCHS Indemnity Co., Ltd.
Dr. Borden earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati and graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He completed his internship and residency training in Emergency Medicine at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland, where he served as chief resident. He is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Academy of Medicine of Cleveland and Northern Ohio (AMCNO), and served as an active board member of the Healthcare Underwriters Group Mutual of Ohio from 2005 to 2011.
Gregory Borkowski, MD
Chair, Imaging Institute
Gregory P. Borkowski, MD, FACR, is Chairman of the Imaging Institute at Cleveland Clinic. His specialty interests include abdominal imaging (computerized tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, gastrointestinal radiology and general diagnostics.
He attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University Medical College in Philadelphia, Penn., and his residency and internship at Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Borkowski is a member of various professional associations, including Cleveland Academy of Medicine, American College of Radiology, American Roentgen Ray Society, Radiological Society of North America, American Society of Clinic Radiologists and the Ohio State Radiological Society.
Raymond Borkowski, MD
Chair, Clinical Compliance
Raymond G. Borkowski, MD, is Chair of the Office of Clinical Compliance at Cleveland Clinic. He also has an active clinical practice as a board certified staff physician in Department of General Anesthesiology and has since his appointment to the medical staff in 1995. He attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University Medical College in Philadelphia, PA, did his residency and internship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and fellowship at Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Borkowski is actively involved with the Office of Professional Staff Affairs. He serves as Chair the Governance Committee, is a member of the Professional Staff Development Committee, Corporate Compliance Committee, Professional Staff Assistance Program and is a past member of the Board of Governors.
Joseph Cacchione, MD
Chair, Operations and Strategy
Heart and Vascular Institute
Joseph G. Cacchione, MD, FACC, is an interventional cardiologist in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine in the Arnold and Sydell Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. He also is Chairman of Operations and Strategy at Cleveland Clinic.
A graduate of Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Dr. Cacchione served his internship and residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland and a fellowship in clinical cardiology at the University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. He returned to University Hospitals for a one-year research fellowship followed by a one-year fellowship in interventional cardiology, which he completed in 1991. In 2007 he earned Executive Certification at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Dr. Cacchione's clinical interests include coronary artery disease, heart attack, chest pain and ischemic cardiomyopathy (enlarged heart). He has participated in more than two dozen research projects related to new treatments for chest pain, heart attack and coronary artery disease. Dr. Cacchione's research has been published in many notable cardiology journals, including Journal of the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Journal and Circulation.
Prior to his appointment to the Cleveland Clinic staff in 2009, Dr. Cacchione was in private cardiology practice and on the cardiology staff at St. Vincent Health Center in Erie, Pa. From 1991 through 2008.
Reflecting his interest in promoting healthcare quality, Dr. Cacchione also has held a number of administrative positions. In the medical arena these have included Chief Quality Officer for Saint Vincent Health System, Chief of the Division of Cardiology, Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab and Vice Chairman of the Critical Care Committee at St. Vincent Health Center.
Dr. Cacchione has been an active member of the American College of Cardiology for 15 years. He is a member of many committees and task forces, including the Payment Reform Taskforce, Clinical Quality Committee, Quality in Technology Work Group and Chair of Partner in Quality. Dr. Cacchione has recently been named to the prestigious position of ACC Board of Trustees.
Dr. Cacchione is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Medical Association. He is board-certified in cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology.
Armando L. Chardiet
Chair, Philanthropy Institute
As chair of the Philanthropy Institute, Mr. Chardiet is responsible for all philanthropic initiatives and capital campaigns for Cleveland Clinic. He is a recognized leader in the world of philanthropy and has significant experience in establishing a strong culture of charitable giving.
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.
John Costin, MD
Chair, Cleveland Clinic Lorain Institute
Dr. Costin attended Case Western Reserve University and later received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Following this he was a resident in ophthalmology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and did a fellowship in neuro ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute under J. Lawton Smith, M.D.
In 1979, Dr. Costin returned home to Lorain County to begin a private practice in ophthalmology which grew to become Lakeland Eye Surgeons. In 1998, Dr. Costin and Lakeland Eye Surgeons became part of the Cleveland Clinic and helped to develop services in this Western Region. During this time, he participated in developing advanced cataract removal equipment and optical imaging.
Conor Delaney, MD
Chair, Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute
Dr. Delaney was a Staff surgeon at Cleveland Clinic in the Departments of Colorectal and Minimally Invasive Surgery from 2000-2005. At that time he was recruited to University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, where he spent 10 years as Chief of the Division of Colorectal Surgery and Vice-Chair of Surgery. He was also named as Surgical Director of the Digestive Health Institute, and was honored with the inaugural Murdough Master Clinician Award in Colorectal Surgery. He was also Professor of Surgery at Case Western Reserve University, and was honored there by being awarded the Jeffrey L. Ponsky MD endowed Professorship in Surgical Education.
Dr. Delaney has received a number of prizes, scholarships and awards over the course of his career in training, education and research. He is a member and serves on administrative committees of many national and international professional societies, serves on the editorial board of eight national and international journals, and is the founder and past-president of the International Society of Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery, and President of the Midwest Surgical Association.
Cynthia Deyling, MD
Chief Quality Officer
As Chief Quality Officer, Dr. Cindy Deyling oversees all quality, regulatory and risk-management activities across the Cleveland Clinic health system. She and her team support and collaborate with the clinical and support departments to align quality outcomes and patient safety into daily practice. The focus of this work is to make quality and safety patient-centric, clinically relevant, operationally effective, regulatory compliant and academically appealing. Dr. Deyling also currently serves as a member of the Marymount Hospital Board of Trustees.
Prior to her current role as Chief Quality Officer, Dr. Deyling served as Vice President, Regional Medical Affairs, Quality and Patient Safety for the Community Hospitals and Family Health Centers. Dr. Deyling served as Chair of Regional Operations Institute over six years and she served as the Medical Director for the Independence Family Health Center for fifteen years. Dr. Deyling served as Executive Director of Cleveland Clinic Allied Health Education; Vice Chair of Cleveland Clinic health system’s Eastern and Western Board of Trustees and served on the Cleveland Clinic Board of Governors.
Dr. Deyling is an assistant clinical professor at Ohio State University College of Medicine and a preceptor for Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine for first- and second-year students. She is board-certified in internal medicine.
A fellow of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Deyling received her medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine, completed her internal medicine residency training at Cleveland Clinic and earned a master's of healthcare management from Harvard University, School of Public Health.
Named one of Cleveland's best physicians since 1997 by Cleveland Magazine and one of America's Best Doctors since 2002, Dr. Deyling has been honored on numerous occasions for her work with patients and fellow physicians and in the community. In 2010 she was the Honoree and Achievement Award recipient for the “Speaking of Women’s Health” conference by the Women’s Professional Staff Association. She was Vice Chair of the United Way Physician Campaign in 2007 and the Chair of the Cleveland Clinic health system’s United Way Physicians’ Campaign in 2008.
Brian Donley, MD
Chief of Staff, Chief of Clinical Enterprise
Vice Chair, Board of Governors/Medical Executive Committee
On January 1, 2015, Dr. Donley began his role as Chief of Staff and Chief of Clinical Operations for the Cleveland Clinic Health System. He also serves as Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.
Dr. Donley joined Cleveland Clinic’s Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute in 1996, and is part of a team of orthopaedic consultants for the Cleveland Indians, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the National Hockey League Players’ Association.
In 2008, Dr. Donley established and chaired the Cleveland Clinic’s Professional Conduct Committee, a role he held until August 2013. He served as President of Lutheran Hospital from January 2012 to October 2013. Dr. Donley then served as Chief, Regional Hospitals Medical Affairs and Quality and as Vice President of the Regional Hospitals. From January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014, Dr. Donley served as President of the Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals and Family Health Centers.
Dr. Donley attended the University of Notre Dame for his undergraduate studies, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Michigan. Dr. Donley completed a fellowship in orthopaedic foot and ankle surgery at the Campbell Clinic in Memphis, TN.
Tommaso Falcone, MD
Chair, Ob/Gyn & Women's Health Institute
Vice Chair, Chief of Staff Office
Tommaso Falcone, MD, FRCS(C), FACOG, is Professor of Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics-Gynecology at Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Falcone received his medical degree from McGill University School of Medicine in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. While at McGill, he went on to complete a residency in obstetrics and gynecology and a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology.
He is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in general obstetrics and gynecology, as well as reproductive endocrinology. He is also certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Dr. Falcone has published more than 500 original manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters.
He is co-editor of several textbooks, Office Hysteroscopy and the Evaluation of the Uterine Cavity (Elsevier, 2008); Clinical Reproductive Medicine and Surgery (Elsevier 2007); Atlas of Endoscopic Techniques in Gynecology (Elsevier 2000); Congenital Mullerian Anomalies (Lippincott, 1999).
He is also co-author of a patient educational book, Overcoming Infertility and Cleveland Clinic Guide to Infertility (Kaplan, 2009).
He serves on the editorial board and is an ad hoc reviewer of more than 21 journals, most notably Fertility & Sterility and Obstetrics & Gynecology.
He has been on the Board of Directors of several societies. Dr. Falcone is past president of the Society for Reproductive Surgeons and has served on review committees for NICHD and MRC. He is also an oral examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Dr. Falcone has been the recipient of many awards for laparoscopic and robotic surgery at different societies.
System Executive Director of Clinical Operations
Ben Frank joined the Chief of Staff and Clinical Enterprise office on November 23, 2015 as the System Executive Director of Clinical Operations. Frank will report directly to Chief of Staff Brian Donley, MD, to unify our system-wide business operations. An experienced healthcare leader, Frank has been serving as CEO of Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) since June 2013. SKMC, managed by Cleveland Clinic since 2007, serves as the flagship institution for the SEHA (United Arab Emirates) healthcare system.
Frank joined the SKMC team in 2012 and quickly rose to the role of CEO. He successfully led the Executive Management Team at SKMC while the facility set major milestones including performing the UAE’s first-ever deceased donor organ transplant, reaching 2,500 pediatric cardiac surgeries since 2007, and performing 850 adult and pediatric cardiac surgeries in 2014, an SKMC record. In 2013, SKMC enhanced its leading healthcare infrastructure by opening a renovated Emergency Department, where more than 100,000 patients were treated in its first year.
Under Frank’s leadership, SKMC has received numerous accolades, including becoming one of the world’s select institutions to be accredited as a Cycle IV Chest Pain Centre for its high quality of care for cardiac patients. SKMC was awarded the Business Entity of the year in 2013, the highest recognition by SEHA. Five SKMC medical training programs have been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education International. Most recently, SKMC was re-accredited for the third time with the highest recognition by the Joint Commission International. SKMC was awarded the Dubai Quality Award in 2014.
Prior to joining SKMC, Frank served as President of Ochsner Physician Partners and System Vice President of the Accountable Care Network at the Ochsner Health System in New Orleans.
Frank holds a Master of Health Administration from Tulane University, and a BS in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama. He also is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).
Steven C. Glass
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Mr. Glass is the Chief Financial Officer of the Cleveland Clinic. He joined the Cleveland Clinic in 2002 as the Controller and Chief Accounting Officer and served in that role until 2005, when he assumed his current role. Mr. Glass is responsible for all financial operations of the Cleveland Clinic Health System which includes eleven owned hospitals and two managed hospitals, and over 3,000 employed physicians in the Cleveland Clinic Medical Group. The Clinic has operations in Ohio, Florida, Nevada, Canada, and the United Arab Emirates.
Prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic, Mr. Glass was the Vice President of Finance for MedStar Health, where he spent fourteen years serving in various roles during its growth through mergers and acquisitions during the mid-nineties.
Mr. Glass received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Towson University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Accountants, Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, Healthcare Financial Management Association, Health Management Academy, and a Board Member of the Ohio Hospital Association.
Thomas Hamilton, PhD
Chair (Interim), Lerner Research Institute
Thomas Alan Hamilton, PhD, is the Chair of the Department of Immunology in the Lerner Research Institute and currently the Interim Chair of the Lerner Research Institute. He is also a Professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, at Case Western Reserve University. He has held this position since 2003. Dr. Hamilton also has held positions at many prestigious institutions, including Stanford University, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Duke University Medical Center.
His laboratory research interests include the regulation of inducible gene expression in tissue inflammation with a focus specifically on the behavior of mononuclear phagocytes. His research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals and he has contributed chapters to medical textbooks in his field. He has been the editor-in-chief, Journal of Interferon and Cytokine Research since 2002 and serves on multiple editorial boards. He has also served on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Cancer Institute, and participates in many National Institutes of Health grant review committees. Dr. Hamilton is an international speaker and presenter and was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2011.
In 1971, Dr. Hamilton received his BA in Biology/Chemistry at the University of Colorado. He went on to earn his PhD in Biochemistry in 1976 at University of Oregon Health Sciences Center, in Portland. Dr. Hamilton completed several fellowships during this time, including a National Institutes of Health pre-doctoral fellowship in Biochemistry at University of Oregon Health Sciences Center, in Portland, Oregon, and also a NRSA-postdoctoral traineeship in tumor biology, Department of Pathology at Stanford University Medical School, Stanford, California (1976-1978).
Dr. Hamilton is a member of numerous professional associations, including the American Association of Immunologists (Chair, Program Block on NK cells and Macrophages 1996-1999); American Association for Advancement of Science; Society for Leukocyte Biology (Nominating Committee – 1991, Councilor 1992 – 1995, Treasurer 1995-1998; President Elect – 1998; President – 1999; International Society for IFN Research; Secretary 2006-2009); and the International Cytokine Society, among others.
K. Kelly Hancock, DNP, RN, NE-BC
Executive Chief Nursing Officer
Chief Nursing Officer, Main Campus
Dr. Hancock is Executive Chief Nursing Officer, CCHS and Chief Nursing Officer, Main Campus. She oversees the Chief Nursing Officers at Cleveland Clinic’s ten regional hospitals and Cleveland Clinic Florida, along with currently serving as Chief Nursing Officer at Cleveland Clinic’s Main Campus since July 2011.
She is responsible for directing the clinical, academic and operational activities of the nursing staff throughout the health system, as well as the focus of nursing throughout the various institutes on the main campus. She administers and directs nursing integration and operations, as well as the financial, regulatory and business activities throughout the Nursing Institute.
Prior to her position, Dr. Hancock served as the Chief Nursing Officer at Main Campus. She has simultaneously been the Senior Nursing Director of Critical Care and the Nursing Director of the Heart and Vascular Institute, where she led the nursing practice in the Heart and Vascular Institute for seven years.
Dr. Hancock received her DNP from Chamberlain College of Nursing in 2015 and she obtained her MSN from Breen School of Nursing at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio. She is a board certified Nurse Executive through the American Nurse Credentialing Center, a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executive , the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and the Honor Society of Nursing - Sigma Theta Tau International. She was awarded the Distinguished Alumnae Award from Ursuline College in 2013, the ANCC Circle of Excellence Award in 2012, the 2010 Maria and Sam Miller Professional Excellence Nurse of the Year Award, is a recipient of the “Bruce Hubbard Stewart Fellow Award,” and was awarded “The Abbie Porter Leadership Award” which highlights Nursing Leadership in 2002 and 2009.
C. Martin Harris, MD
Chair, Information Technology Division
C. Martin Harris, M.D., is a staff member in the Department of General Internal Medicine at The Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, where he also is the Chief Information Officer and Chairman of the Information Technology Division. Board-certified in internal medicine, Dr. Harris' clinical interests include evaluating and managing the critically ill patient during the pre-operative period.
A frequent presenter at national meetings on health care and technology, Dr. Harris is on the advisory board of the Association of American Medical Colleges' Better Health 2010 committee and is a judge for the case studies in medicine for The Computerworld Smithsonian Honors Program. He also is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
Dr. Harris received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. His residency training in general internal medicine was completed at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar fellowship in General Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Harris also holds a Master's in Business Administration in Healthcare Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
A. Marc Harrison, MD
Chief of International Business Development
Cleveland Clinic has named Marc Harrison, M.D., Chief of International Business Development, following accomplished five-year tenure as CEO of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.
As the Chief of International Business Development, Dr. Harrison will develop and implement Cleveland Clinic’s international strategy, which will include identifying new markets for business and establishing relationships with international business partners.
Under the leadership and direction of Dr. Harrison, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi opened in March, successfully implementing Cleveland Clinic’s patient-centered, physician-led model of care outside the U.S.
In Abu Dhabi, Dr. Harrison oversaw the establishment of 12 Institutes, including 5 centers of excellence, and more than 30 medical and surgical specialties designed to meet the healthcare needs of Abu Dhabi, allowing patients to receive specialist care in the UAE and reduce the need for them to travel abroad for treatment. In total, more than 35,000 appointments have been booked in Abu Dhabi, including 1,500 procedures involving complex and minimally-invasive surgeries such as endoscopic colon tumor removal and robotically-assisted mitral valve repair.
Dr. Harrison has been a Cleveland Clinic staff member for more than 16 years. After joining Cleveland Clinic Children’s in 1999, he served as the medical director for the pediatric intensive care unit from 2001 to 2004; chairman of the Department of Pediatric Critical Care from 2004 to 2006; and Associate Chief of Staff and director of medical operations from 2006 to 2009.
Dr. Harrison will continue to be based in Abu Dhabi and will continue to support Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Board of Directors and Sheikh Khalifa Medical City’s steering committee.
Chief Strategy Officer
Ann Huston joined Cleveland Clinic in April 2012 in the new role of Chief Strategy Officer. She has over 25 years of industry experience, including a wide range of senior executive, operational and consulting roles with multi-specialty physician groups, academic health centers, urban and rural community hospitals.
Ann was a partner and leader in Ernst & Young’s national health care strategy practice. For the nine years before joining the Cleveland Clinic, she lived in Rochester, NY and was President of an independent health care consultancy focused on enterprise strategy. She has worked with many of the leading health systems in the United States. Ann holds a Master’s degree in Health Finance and Management from The Johns Hopkins University.
Joseph Iannotti, MD, PhD
Chairman, Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute
Joseph Iannotti, MD, PhD, Chairman, Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He is Co-Director of the Orthopaedic Research Center and has a joint appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.
Dr. Iannotti joined the Cleveland Clinic in 2000 having been on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania for 20 years. He left the University of Pennsylvania as a tenured Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Head of the Shoulder and Elbow Service.
He received his medical degree from Northwestern University in 1979 and his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. He did his orthopaedic residency training at the University of Pennsylvania from 1979 to 1984.
Dr. Iannotti's clinical practice is focused on the treatment of the shoulder, and his primary interest is in the management of complex shoulder problems in joint replacement and rotator cuff tears. His practice includes both open and arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder. His clinical and basic science research program also focuses on innovative treatments for tendon repair and tendon tissue engineering. His research program involves the study of shoulder biomechanics and prosthetic design.
Dr. Iannotti has published two textbooks (both in their second edition) on the shoulder and has authored 210 peer-reviewed articles, as well as book chapters. He has won numerous awards for his academic work from the American Orthopaedic Association and the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. He has served in many leadership roles at the national level, which include Chair of the Academic Affairs Council and the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. In addition, he has served and chaired several committees of the Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons and is Past President (2006-2007) of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons.
J. Stephen Jones, MD
President Regional Hospitals & Family Health Centers
On December 1, 2014 Dr. Jones began his role as President of nine Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals and eighteen Family Health Centers throughout Northeast Ohio. He joined the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute in 2000, and became the Chairman of Regional Urology in 2007. Jones was Chief of Surgical Operations for the regional hospitals after serving in a similar role at Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital. He became Vice President of Regional Medical Operations in early 2014. He also serves as Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and holds the Leonard Horvitz and Samuel Miller Distinguished Chair in Urologic Oncology.
Castle Connolly lists him in “America’s Top Doctors” signifying ranking in the top 1% of all urologists as well as the top 1% of cancer physicians. He is consistently listed in “Best Doctors in America”.
He earned a BS in Zoology at the J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Arkansas, his M.D. at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and completed his residency at Vanderbilt University. He earned his MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at CWRU in 2010. His work was recognized by acceptance to Beta Gamma Sigma, the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business Society for the Top 20% of MBA graduates.
Catherine Keating, MD
Associate Chief of Staff, Clinical Integration Operations
Chair, Quality Alliance/Community Physician Partnership
Catherine E. Keating, MD is Associate Chief of Staff for Clinical Integration Operations and Board Chair of Quality Alliance/Community Physician Partnership. A graduate of Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and an internist by training, Dr. Keating has extensive experience in hospital administration, residency education and academic practice management.
Dr. Keating joined the Cleveland Clinic in 2010 as Chief of Regional Hospitals Medical Affairs and Quality and helped to lead the implementation of quality integration across the health system through quality standardization efforts, and collaboration with independent physician leadership in Cleveland Clinic community hospitals. Since 2013, Dr. Keating has been responsible for the Quality Alliance, a clinically integrated network with more than 5000 providers. She has also been involved with the development and implementation of the Cleveland Clinic Integrated Care Model across the health system.
Michael Kessel, MBA, CPA
President, Cleveland Clinic Canada
Mike Kessel is the President and CEO of Cleveland Clinic Canada and is responsible for the growth of the Canadian facility, strategic partnerships and enterprise value creation.
Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic in 2009, Mr. Kessel was Co-founder and Vice President of Business Development and Finance for the Center for Partnership Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital /Trio Health in Chicago. In this role, Mr. Kessel was instrumental in the development of a network of executive health and wellness programs with leading medical centers throughout the United States. The program was ranked as one of the top in the country by Forbes and Fortune magazines.
Mr. Kessel was also Finance Manager and then Interim Finance Director for Cardinal Health Medical Products and Services, a manufacturer of medical, surgical and laboratory products in Illinois. Additionally, he was Co-founder and the Chief Financial Operations Officer for Ignition State Group, LLC, a web strategy and development firm based in Chicago.
In addition to his work at Cleveland Clinic Canada, Mr. Kessel is active in the Toronto community as a board member of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario and a committee member of the Conference Board of Canada. He is also an active member of Young Presidents Organization and serves on the Maple Leaf chapter’s New Member Committee.
Eric Klein, MD
Chair, Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute
Eric A. Klein, MD, is the Chairman of the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute and a staff member in the Taussig Cancer Institute at Cleveland Clinic. His clinical interests are cancers of the prostate, testis and kidney. For several years, including the current edition, Dr. Klein is listed in Best Doctors in America.
Board-certified in urology, Dr. Klein is a frequent lecturer and visiting professor at numerous national and international universities. He was the National Medical Study Coordinator for the National Cancer Institute sponsored Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT). Dr. Klein is the editor of Urology and has been the recipient of numerous awards from the American Cancer Society, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and the Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Klein received his medical degree from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in urology at Cleveland Clinic and a fellowship in urology at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
Kandice Kottke-Marchant, MD, PhD
Chair, Robert J. Tomsich, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Institute
Kandice Kottke-Marchant, MD, PhD, is Chair of the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute at Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Kottke-Marchant earned a BS degree in biomedical engineering and biochemistry from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., in 1979. She earned her MS and PhD degrees in macromolecular science in 1983 and 1985, respectively, from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She received an MD from CWRU in 1986.
Andre Machado, MD
Chairman, Neurological Institute
Dr. Machado is the Chairman of the Neurological Institute and the Charles and Christine Carroll Family Endowed Chair in Functional Neurosurgery. Dr. Machado performs deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery for patients with Parkinson’s disease, tremor, dystonia and obsessive-compulsive disorder as well as surgical procedures for patients with trigeminal neuralgia, intractable pain syndromes and spasticity.
Dr. Andre Machado received his medical degree from the University of Sao Paulo in 1997. He completed his residency in the same institution in 2003 and obtained his Ph.D. in 2004. He came to the Cleveland Clinic in 2004, completed his fellowship in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery in 2006 and has been on the staff of the Cleveland Clinic since then.
Dr. Machado is the program director for education in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and won the “Teacher of the year award” from the Department of Neurosurgery in 2009. Dr. Machado is Full Staff in the Department of Neurosurgery with Joint Appointments in the Department of Neuroscience and in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute. He is the current Chairman for the Joint Pain Section of the CNS/AANS and he is a Board Member of the American Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.
Daniel F. Martin, MD
Chair, Cole Eye Institute
Daniel F. Martin, MD was appointed Chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute in December of 2008. He joined Cole Eye Institute from Emory University in Atlanta, where he served as the Thomas M. Aaberg Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Retina Service.
Dr. Martin completed medical school at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine followed by residency and chief residency in ophthalmology at Emory University School of Medicine. He completed a fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery and Diseases at Duke University Eye Center followed by a two-year fellowship in Uveitis and Ocular Immunology at the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health.
Clinically, Dr. Martin’s specialty interests include both medical and surgical treatments of the retina. Dr Martin has extensive experience in the management of age related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, macular pucker, macular hole, retinal detachment, and inflammatory and infectious diseases of the retina.
Dr. Martin’s has been involved in the design, development, and execution of many clinical trials having served as principal investigator for more than 25 studies including AREDS, SOCA, and numerous AMD and diabetes trials. In addition, he has served on numerous clinical trial committees including three Data and Safety Monitoring Boards and five Steering Committees. Finally, he has served as the study chairman for seven national randomized clinical trials. Dr Martin currently serves as the Study Chair for the Comparison of AMD Treatments Trials, an NIH sponsored study evaluating the comparative safety and efficacy of Lucentis and Avastin for the treatment of neovascular AMD. Dr Martin was extensively involved in the development of the ganciclovir implant and later valganciclovir for the treatment of CMV retinitis and led the clinical trials that resulted in FDA approval of both of these drugs. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and has delivered more than 220 invited lectures.
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
Mr. Matsen joined Cleveland Clinic in 2006. He is responsible for all marketing and communications programs at Cleveland Clinic including global development of the brand; marketing of key clinical lines of service; regional and international locations; and digital marketing. He also leads Cleveland Clinic’s Corporate Communications department.
Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, Mr. Matsen was most recently the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Delta Airlines. He began his career in New York, working at a number of leading advertising agencies Including Grey and Young & Rubicam. He is a graduate of Rutgers University, N.J.
Mr. Matsen is an active member of the Cleveland Community and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Greater Cleveland, Positively Cleveland, and Hathaway Brown School.
Chief Human Resource Officer
Linda McHugh was named Chief Human Resource Officer effective May, 2016. She was Acting Chief Human Resource Officer since February 2016. Prior to this she served as Executive Administrator for Cleveland Clinic and the Office of the CEO since 2005. She also served as the Assistant Secretary for the Board of Trustees and Directors, as well as serving on over 20 Institution-wide committees.
Ms. McHugh began her career at Cleveland Clinic as a Medical Technologist in microbiology. She later held administrative positions of increasing responsibility in several specialties and was involved in the recruitment and integration of physician practices in the region through the Division of Surgery. Prior to her position as Executive Administrator, Ms. McHugh helped to manage and nationally expand the Cardiac Surgery affiliate program model.
She holds a Master of Business Administration degree from The Weatherhead School of Management at CWRU and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from Bowling Green State University. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Cleveland Council on World Affairs and Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School where she chairs the Strategic Planning Committee.
Michael M. Michetti, Esq
Executive Director, Professional Staff Affairs
As Executive Director of Staff Affairs, Mike leads the professional affairs and staff governance operations of the Cleveland Clinic. He is responsible for the employment environment of a professional staff of over 3,000 physicians and scientists, assuring that the Cleveland Clinic attracts and retains a professional staff of the highest quality. He previously served as labor and employment counsel to the enterprise, supporting the organization’s activities in both employment and traditional labor relations matters. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, Mike was a labor and employment attorney at Jones Day, handling the full spectrum of labor and employment issues confronted by many of the nation’s largest employers.
Mike received his JD with High Distinction from Ohio Northern University and a B.A. summa cum laude from Ohio University. Mike is a frequent speaker on cutting edge labor and employment issues in Cleveland and to national employer groups.
Tomislav Mihaljevic, MD
Chief of Staff and Chairman, Heart & Vascular Institute
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Tomislav Mihaljevic, MD, serves as Chief Executive Officer of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, a world-class multispecialty hospital specifically designed to address a range of Abu Dhabi’s most complex medical requirements. In his role as CEO, Dr. Mihaljevic is responsible for leading the organization’s approximately 3,000 Caregivers and overseeing Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s overall strategy and effective operation as the first-ever US multispecialty hospital to be replicated outside of North America.
A native of Croatia, he received his medical degree from the University of Zagreb. Dr. Mihaljevic started his education in cardiac surgery at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. In 1995, he joined the Brigham and Women's Hospital at Harvard Medical School, where he completed residency in general and cardiac surgery and served as Chief Resident in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Children's Hospital in Boston. Dr. Mihaljevic is certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.
Michael T. Modic, MD
Chief Clinical Transformation Officer
Dr. Michael T. Modic received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine in 1975. He then completed his residency in radiology and fellowship in neuroradiology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Modic joined the faculty of University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University as Assistant Professor in 1980. In 1981 Dr. Modic returned to the Cleveland Clinic and in 1982 was appointed Head of the Section of Magnetic Resonance. In 1985, he returned to Case Western Reserve School of Medicine at University Hospitals as Director of Magnetic Resonance and Neuroradiology. During that time, Dr. Modic also held the rank of Professor of Radiology, Neurology, General Medical Sciences and Neurosurgery. In 1989, Dr. Modic returned to the Cleveland Clinic as Chairman of Radiology and was appointed Professor of Radiology at the Ohio State University. In 2000, he was appointed to the Board of Governors at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. In 2004, Dr. Modic was appointed Professor of Radiology, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. In 2006, Dr. Modic was appointed as Chairman of the Neurological Institute. In 2015 Dr. Modic was appointed as Chief Clinical Transformation Officer.
Dr. Modic has served on multiple Editorial Boards of peer reviewed journals. He was President of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine for the 1992-1993 year and in 1991 was the recipient of the Society Gold Medal. He is co-author of the text “Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Spine” which is in its second edition and the author/co-author of over 180 peer reviewed articles related to neuroradiology.
Chief Government and Community Relations Officer
Ms. Morris joined Cleveland Clinic in 2013 as the Chief Government and Community Relations Officer. Her areas of responsibility include cultivating and maintaining relationships at the federal, state and local government levels to monitor development and influence legislative outcomes that affect the mission of the Cleveland Clinic; fostering continual development and partnership with the government agencies to conduct critical research and share best practices; ensuring good relations, communications and involvement with the city of Cleveland and its civic organizations; developing and leading community relations strategies and initiatives that support public health goals in the neighborhood; and creating and engaging civic education programs to promote education in the sciences and health disciplines.
Ms. Morris’ background includes ten years representing the biotech and medical device industries, eight years as the Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the American Hospital Association and several years representing physician associations including a stint at the American Medical Association. She also lobbied on behalf AdvaMed, the medical device industry’s primary trade association.
Ms. Morris graduated from Purdue University. While in college, she interned for the Ways and Means Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. She returned to D.C. after graduation to serve as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill from 1986-1990.
Francis Papay, MD
Chair, Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Institute
Frank Papay, MD, has been appointed Chairman of the Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Institute at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Papay has been a member of Cleveland Clinic's professional staff since 1992. He also serves as Section Head of Craniofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is an Professor of Surgery in Cleveland Clinic's Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.
In his new role, Dr. Papay plans to design and establish a world-class multidisciplinary approach to patient-oriented care relating to complex dermatological diseases, plastic surgical reconstruction, aesthetic surgery and services. The Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute will provide the Cleveland Clinic Health System with value-added subspecialty care that focuses on all aspects of dermatology, human form and function and aesthetic rejuvenation.
Dr. Papay has been recognized as a Top Doc in plastic surgery by Cleveland magazine and Castle Connolly. Dr. Papay has served as President of the Ohio Valley Society of Plastic Surgeons, elected Chair of the American Society of Plastic Surgery's Ethics Committee, President of the Plastic Surgery Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Executive Committee Member of the Academy of Medicine of Cleveland and Northern Ohio.
Dr. Papay has published over 100 scientific papers, abstracts and book chapters and holds five medical device patents. He has served as the Board Examiner of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Finalist Judge for the collegiate inventors' competition from the National Inventors Hall of Fame and invited section reviewer of several plastic surgery scientific journals.
Dr. Papay is currently completing his Executive Doctor of Management degree at the Weatherhead School of Management.
His clinical research interests include utilization of bone substitutes in cranofacial reconstruction, nasal valve function in rhinoplasty, facial plastic surgery and pediatric craniofacial anomalies and recently transfacial approaches for neuromodulation of the sphenopalatine ganglion for cluster and migraine headaches.
William M. Peacock, III
Chief of Operations
Mr. Peacock has served as the Chief of Operations at Cleveland Clinic since 2009. In this role he is responsible for the Clinic’s Buildings and Property, Supply Chain, Clinical Engineering, Patient Support Services, Protective Services, Hotels, Office of Sustainability and International Operations.
Before joining Cleveland Clinic, he served 24 years in the United States Navy, retiring as a Captain in the Civil Engineer Corps. Mr. Peacock held two major commands: One in Japan, where he managed the facilities, construction and real estate needs of Navy and Marine Corps forces across the Pacific Rim; the second, leading a battalion of naval construction force “Seabees” in several deployments to Pacific, Middle East, and Central and South American nations.
He is a member of the American Society of Healthcare Executives, the American Society of Healthcare Engineers. He graduated with a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the US Naval Academy. He attended the Kellogg School’s Advanced Executive Program.
Giovanni Piedimonte, MD
Chair, Pediatric Institute and Cleveland Clinic Children's
Dr. Giovanni Piedimonte is currently the Steven and Nancy Calabrese Endowed Chair for
Excellence in Pediatric Care, Research, and Education and Professor & Chair of Pediatrics of the
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. He also
serves as Chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Institute, Physician-in-Chief of the
Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, and President of the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital
for Rehabilitation in Cleveland, Ohio. Previously, he served for more than 6 years as the first
Wyeth Research Scholar, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at West
Virginia University School of Medicine, and Physician-in-Chief of the WVU Children’s Hospital
in Morgantown, WV.
Dr. Piedimonte’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for more
than 28 consecutive years and he has been principal investigator or co-investigator of more than
30 research projects funded by the NIH, the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the American
Lung Association, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, and the pharmaceutical industry.
He is currently leading several funded projects involving basic cellular and molecular biology,
animal models, translational and clinical studies. He served as a regular member of the
Respiratory Integrative Biology and Translational (RIBT) Research Study Section of the U. S. National
Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review.
Dr. Piedimonte has authored or co-authored over 350 peer-reviewed journal articles, book
chapters, monographs, editorials, and abstracts with the primary focus on airway inflammation
in childhood respiratory disease, the role of early viral respiratory infections in the pathogenesis
of asthma, and the neurobiology of the developing respiratory tract. He has been an invited
speaker nationally and internationally on more than 450 occasions and serves on the editorial
boards of several scientific journals. He also holds 18 U.S. and international patents protecting
some of his discoveries.
Susan J. Rehm, MD
Executive Director, Physician Health
Susan J. Rehm, MD, is Vice Chair of the Department of Infectious Disease and Executive Director of Physician Health at Cleveland Clinic.
Throughout her career, Dr. Rehm has been active in medical education, previously serving as Program Director for the Cleveland Clinic’s Infectious Disease Fellowship and its Internal Medicine Residency Program. Since 2005, Dr. Rehm has served as Medical Director for the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education of professionals and the public about the causes and treatment of infectious diseases.
Dr. Rehm’s clinical research interest is in endocarditis and infected cardiac devices. In addition to participation in clinical trials of newer antimicrobial agents, she is involved in outcomes studies. Administration of parenteral antibiotics outside the hospital setting is an ongoing clinical and research focus.
Michael F. Roizen, MD
Chair, Wellness Institute
Michael F. Roizen, MD, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Williams College and Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. He performed his residency in internal medicine at Harvard's Beth Israel Hospital and completed Public Health Service at the National Institutes of Health in the laboratory of Irv Kopin and Nobel Prize winner Julius Axelrod. He is certified by both the American Boards of Internal Medicine and of Anesthesiology. Dr. Roizen is the Cofounder and Chair of the RealAge, Inc., Scientific Advisory Board. He is 62 calendar years of age, but his RealAge is 42.8.
Dr. Roizen is a Past Chair of a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee and a former editor for six medical journals. He has published more than 165 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 100 textbook chapters, 30 editorials, and four medical books (one, a medical best-seller), and received 13 U.S. and many foreign patents. He is one of the cofounders of the website RealAge.com, recently sold to the Hearst Corp., and still chairs its Scientific Advisory Board. One of the drugs he co-invented and developed (licensed to Progenics and Wyeth Corp.) for hospice patients will have its NDA day in 2008.
After nine years on the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco, he chaired the top-10-rated Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Chicago. He then became Dean of the School of Medicine and Vice President for Biomedical Sciences at SUNY Upstate. After serving as CEO of the Biotechnology Research Corporation of Central New York, he accepted a position as Chair of the Anesthesiology Institute at Cleveland Clinic, responsible for over 180 operatories, 124 critical care beds and 28 pain therapy intervention units. In 2007, Dr. Roizen was named Chief Wellness Officer at Cleveland Clinic, the first such position in a major healthcare institution in the United States. Dr. Roizen also serves as Chairman of the Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic.
His first general-audience book, RealAge: Are You as Young as You Can Be? (HarperCollins Publishers) became a #1 New York Times bestseller and was awarded the Best Wellness Book of 1999 by the Books for a Better Life Awards. RealAge has been translated into more than 20 languages and was #1 in four other countries, displacing Harry Potter for 7 days as #1 on Amazon. Other books include the New York Times bestseller The RealAge Diet: Make Yourself Younger With What You Eat (HarperCollins), written with Dr. John La Puma, Cooking the RealAge Way (Harper Collins), also with Dr. La Puma., and The RealAge Makeover (HarperCollins). His book, YOU: The Owner’s Manual (HarperCollins), written with Health Corps founder Dr. Mehmet Oz, debuted in May 2005 and became a #1 New York Times bestseller (sold more than 2.7 million hardcover copies worldwide; was the #2 best-selling book published in 2005 in 2005-- displacing Harry Potter for 35 days as #1 on Amazon and BN.com.). It was followed by the New York Times bestseller, YOU: The Smart Patient. Their next book, YOU: On A Diet, the Owner’s Manual for Waist Management, debuted at #1 on the New York Times list (11 consecutive weeks at #1 and 17 consecutive weeks in top 3 as of now) with 21 printings totaling over 2.4 million copies in the first three weeks (it was the #2 best-selling book published in 2006 in 2006). Their latest book, YOU Staying Young, the Owner’s Manual for Extending Your Warranty also debuted at #1 on the New York Times list, and is listed by People magazine as the #3 selling book in the world in 2007.
Dr. Roizen has given over 1,400 lectures to professional medical groups and has been recognized with over 20 professional lectureships. He has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show 13 times, Today 17 times, 20/20 (3 times), CBN (15 times), CNN, CBS, Good Morning America (24 times), Canada AM (28 times), The Montel Williams Show, Larry King Live, and has four PBS fundraising specials (his fundraising special The RealAge Makeover was one of the top two PBS special fundraisers in 2006, now with well over 5,000 showings in 100 TV markets). His most recent two PBS specials: YOU On A Diet, and Longevity Factors, have both received acclaim, and widespread distribution as well. He and Mehmet Oz write a monthly column for Reader’s Digest, and a quarterly column for the nursing magazine, Every Woman, and a daily newspaper column syndicated by King syndication. He and Mehmet also record 1 hour a day of radio for Oprah and Friends, on satellite radio and a cable network. He also has a 2-hour 26-station Terrestrial show entitled: YOU The Owner’s Manual Radio Show, live every Saturday. He has been featured in Fortune, O, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Ladies’ Home Journal, Biography, People, US, Men’s Health, and Prevention.
Dr. Roizen still practices anesthesiology and internal medicine, using the RealAge metric to motivate his patients. He routinely takes patients at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute who are in the midst of struggling with tobacco, heart, diabetic or arthritic problems and coaches them with simple (but persistent) lifestyle changes to be able to live, feel, look and be years younger. He really enjoys getting them to throw away their medications when they no longer need them, but teaches the role of food and other simple steps in reversing disease processes. The Wellness Institute that he chairs includes Employee Health and Wellness, the Department of Preventive Medicine, Premium Access Programs, Disease Reversal and Integrative Medicine Programs, and the Wellness Public Policy and Community Support Programs of Cleveland Clinic. Cleveland Clinic Wellness institute aims to elevate preventive care and wellness as a core brand of Cleveland Clinic and a core value we teach our patients and employees.
David W. Rowan, Esq.
Chief Legal Officer
Chief Governance Officer and Secretary
David W. Rowan has served as Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of Cleveland Clinic since June 2005. In 2006 he was appointed to a newly-created position of Chief Governance Officer and serves on Cleveland Clinic’s Board of Governors.
Mr. Rowan received his JD magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 1978 and a B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Toledo in 1975. He joined the law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP upon graduation from law school and became a partner in 1987. He left Squire, Sanders to become the Chief Legal Officer of Cleveland Clinic in 2005. The law department that Mr. Rowan leads is responsible for all legal matters of Cleveland Clinic and its health system.
Mr. Rowan is a frequent speaker on health law and governance topics and has served on many not-for-profit boards. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Diversity Center, which is committed to social justice.
Donald A. Sinko, CPA, CRMA
Chief Integrity Officer
Don Sinko is the Chief Integrity Officer for Cleveland Clinic, with responsibility for the Offices of Internal Audit, and Corporate Compliance and Business Ethics. In this capacity, Don oversees the audit and compliance programs that focus on risk management, regulatory compliance, business ethics and internal controls for the health system.
Prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic, Don was the Director of Internal Audit at Eaton Corporation, responsible for an international internal audit staff serving operations on six continents. Prior to Eaton, Don was an Audit Senior Manager with Ernst & Young in Cleveland, serving primarily healthcare and SEC manufacturing clients.
Don, a certified public accountant and a graduate of Miami University, is a frequent speaker on healthcare compliance, leadership, and process control topics. He also has extensive board of trustee experience, having actively served on the Boards of Trustees of The Arthritis Foundation of Northeastern Ohio, Great Lakes Theater Festival, The Presbytery of the Western Reserve, and the Miami University Center for Business Excellence.
James K. Stoller, MD, MS
Chair, Education Institute
James K. Stoller, MD, MS, (ODA), is the Chair of the Education Institute and holds the Jean Wall Bennett Professorship in Emphysema Research at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and the Samson Global Leadership Academy Endowed Chair. He is an Adjunct Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. From 2001 to 2005, he served as Associate Chief of Staff and served as Vice Chairman of Internal Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic through 2007. Dr. Stoller is a Diplomate in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, and critical care medicine of the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Stoller received a BA in biochemistry and English (magna cum laude) from Amherst College in Amherst, Mass. in 1975. He earned his medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine in 1979 and completed his internship and residency in medicine at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston (1979-1982). After completing fellowships in pulmonary medicine at both Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and Yale University School of Medicine (1982-1985), he pursued a fellowship in critical care medicine/anesthesia at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, which he completed in 1986. Dr. Stoller also earned a Master's in Organizational Development and Analysis from the Weatherhead School of Management of Case Western Reserve University in 2001.
Stefan A. Strein
Chief Investment Officer
Stefan joined the Cleveland Clinic in 2015 in the new role of Chief Investment Officer. He has over two decades of investment experience, including the management of diversified endowment portfolios and portfolios of direct investments. He is responsible for the strategic direction and investment management of the Clinic’s investible financial assets, which includes the long-term investment portfolio, a defined benefit pension fund, and a captive insurance fund.
Prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic, Stefan was the Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a national private philanthropic organization he served for ten years. Earlier in his career, Stefan was a member of the general partner in two early stage venture capital firms and worked in commercialization and licensing of university-developed technology.
He is an active volunteer and currently serves on the serves on the Investment Committees of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System. Stefan holds an undergraduate degree from Washington College and a graduate degree from Johns Hopkins University.
Lars G. Svensson, MD, PhD
Chair, Heart & Vascular Institute
Lars Georg Svensson, MD, PhD, is the Chairman of the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Svensson is an internationally known cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon. His research has led to many innovative surgical treatments and techniques. Dr. Svensson is board-certified in thoracic, cardiovascular and general surgery. He is a Professor of Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Prior to being appointed to Chair of the institute, Dr. Svensson’s leadership positions at Cleveland Clinic included Director of the Aorta Center; Director of the Marfan Syndrome and Connective Tissue Disorder Clinic; Director of Quality and Process Improvement, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery; Director of Affiliate Cardiothoracic Surgery Programs; and Co-Director, Transcatheter Valve Program.
Specialty/Clinical interests: Aortic valve surgery, aortic valve and bicuspid valve repair, cardiac surgery, complex aorta surgery, surgery for thoracic aortic aneurysm, endovascular aorta treatment – thoracic, heart surgery for patients with Marfan syndrome, modified David's reimplantation procedure, percutaneous treatment for patients with valve disease, minimally invasive heart surgery, Marfan syndrome and connective tissue disorders
Number of Procedures Performed: Cleveland Clinic performs more than 4,000 heart surgeries each year. Of these, Dr. Svensson performs approximately 550 surgeries per year.
Success rates: Among top US hospitals for cardiac surgery, Cleveland Clinic’s volume is the highest with the best quality outcomes. You can view success rates for specific procedures at http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/about-heart-vascular-institute/treatment-outcomes.aspx
Education and Training: Dr. Svensson was born in Barberton, South Africa. He completed his undergraduate work at Treverton College in Mooi River, South Africa. He earned his medical degree and PhD in blood flow pathophysiology from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, where he received numerous fellowships and awards.
Dr. Svensson received his training in cardiology and general surgery at the Johannesburg Hospital, South Africa, and his training in cardiothoracic surgery at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, for which he received a fellowship. He also completed a cardiovascular surgery fellowship and residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.
In 2005, Dr. Svensson was named King James IV Professor of Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. His academic appointments have included Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Houston, TX; Clinical Instructor in Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; Clinical Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Tufts University, Boston; and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.
Research, Publications and Speaking: Dr. Svensson has received numerous research grants and fellowships. He has contributed to advances in protecting the brain, spinal cord and kidneys during major cardiac and aortic surgery, and has been instrumental in developing minimally invasive keyhole surgical techniques. He is currently the principal investigator in a number of clinical research trials, including research to investigate percutaneous methods to replace and repair aortic and mitral valves.
Dr. Svensson is the author of the reference text book, Cardiovascular and Vascular Diseases of the Aorta, and has authored or co-authored hundreds of journal articles, reviews, book chapters, abstracts, and commentaries. He has been an invited speaker at hundreds of regional, national and international symposia and conferences. He is the former Associate Editor of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, and serves on several editorial boards, including the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Journal of Cardiac Surgery, and the Annals of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery.
Dr. Svensson chairs the American Association for Thoracic Surgery Guidelines Committee. He has chaired multispecialty guidelines writing committees for endovascular treatment with stents for the thoracic aorta, aortic valve surgery, and for the treatment of thoracic aortic disease.
About Dr. Svensson: “I believe my greatest strength as a heart surgeon is my ability to offer patients a variety of treatment approaches, from transcatheter to standard heart surgery, all geared toward maximizing safety and optimizing outcomes.”
Christopher Troianos, MD, FASE
Chair, Anesthesiology Institute
Christopher A. Troianos, MD, FASE is Chair of the Anesthesiology Institute of the Cleveland Clinic, which unites all anesthesiology providers in general anesthesiology, cardiothoracic anesthesiology, pain medicine, pediatric & congenital cardiac anesthesiology, critical care medicine, regional practice, outcomes research, education, and more than 15 subspecialized sections within one fully integrated model of care.
Dr. Troianos received a Bachelor of Science degree with University Honors in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University and his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed a residency in anesthesiology, followed by a cardiothoracic anesthesiology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is board-certified in anesthesiology, a senior oral board examiner with the American Board of Anesthesiology, and a fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography.
Dr. Troianos has earned a national and international reputation as a cardiac anesthesiologist and participated on several national task forces that required collaboration among multispecialty societies to develop practice guidelines. He was part of the original task force that developed training guidelines in perioperative TEE and subsequently quality improvement guidelines in perioperative TEE. Most recently, he was the lead author for practice guidelines for ultrasound guided vascular access. He has shared his expertise in numerous peer-reviewed publications, authored the anesthesiology textbook, “Anesthesia for the Cardiac Patient.”, and has been an invited speaker to national and international scientific educational conferences. His experience with graduate medical education spans two decades, having served as a Residency Program at two institutions, and as Chair of the Graduate Medical Education Committee at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Dr. Troianos is currently serving as President-Elect of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA), and will become President of the SCA in 2017. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Board of Echocardiography, which develops certification examinations and recognizes physicians who fulfill the requirements for board certification in echocardiography. Dr. Troianos has served as the Chair of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA) Economics Committee and as the cardiac anesthesia liaison for the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Committee on Economics. This committee focuses on ensuring fair payment from all payers for anesthesiology services, and is one of the most important committees of the ASA on a national level.
Herbert Wiedemann, MD
Chair, Respiratory Institute
Herbert P. Wiedemann, MD, MBA, is Chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Respiratory Institute as well as Chairman of the Department of Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine, a position he has held since 1991. Dr. Wiedemann also served a five-year term on Cleveland Clinic's Board of Governors (2001-2006).
He is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, and critical care medicine, Dr. Wiedemann's clinical interests are intensive care medicine (including acute respiratory distress syndrome and sepsis) and the evaluation of dyspnea (including cardiopulmonary exercise testing).
Dr. Wiedemann has been the recipient of many awards including The Best Doctors in America, America's Top Doctors, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and Who's Who in America. Dr. Wiedemann has participated in several large multicenter trials of new therapies for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and sepsis, and he served as principal investigator for three of these trials.
In addition, Dr. Wiedemann is a journal reviewer for many peer-reviewed publications including New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, Chest, European Respiratory Journal, and Journal of Intensive Care Medicine. He is a member or fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, the American College of Critical Care Medicine and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Wiedemann also has taught as a visiting professor at many national and international universities.
After receiving his B.S degree from Yale, and medical degree from Cornell University College of Medicine in New York City, Dr. Wiedemann completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, where he also served as chief medical resident. He completed his fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Yale University in Haven Hospital in Connecticut. Dr. Wiedemann has also received an M.B.A. degree from the Yale University School of Management.
Robert Wyllie, MD
Chief Medical Operations Officer
Dr. Wyllie 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.
Previously, 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.
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.
James Young, MD
Chair, Endocrinology and Metabolism Institute
Executive Dean, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Dr. Young is Professor of Medicine and Executive Dean, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and Chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Endocrinology & Metabolism Institute. He is also a Physician Director for the Philanthropy Institute and a Medical Director of the Kaufman Center for Heart Failure. He holds the George and Linda Kaufman Chair and is the Study Chairman of the NIH, FDA, and CMS Interagency Registry for Mechanical Circulatory Assist Support (INTERMACS). He holds a joint appointment in the Cleveland Clinic Multi-organ Transplant Center. Dr. Young is certified as a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine as well as the subspecialty of Cardiovascular Disease and holds a active medical licensure from the states of California, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.
Dr. Young spent his early years in the San Francisco Bay area and then attended the University of Kansas, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Biology and was a resident of Stephenson Scholarship Hall. He matriculated to Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, where he was awarded his Medical Doctor degree cum laude in 1974 and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. Dr. Young remained in Houston at Baylor Affiliated Hospitals where he completed his clinical training, subsequently joined the faculty and was named Professor of Medicine with tenure in 1992. During this time, he was the Clinical Coordinator and Scientific Director for Dr. Michael E. DeBakey’s Multi-organ Transplant Center at The Methodist Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine.
Dr. Young relocated to Cleveland and the Cleveland Clinic in 1995 where he was named Head of the Section of Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Medicine in the Department of Cardiovascular Disease. In 1998 Dr. Young and his surgical colleague Patrick McCarthy, MD, created the Kaufman Center for Heart Failure at Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Young’s research activities began during his residency and fellowship training while he was a Lipid Research Clinic (LRC) physician. He subsequently focused his efforts on heart failure, mechanical circulatory support, and cardiac transplant therapeutics, including early experiences with dopamine receptor agonists, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, angiotensin receptor blockers, many new immunosuppressants and a variety of parenteral inotropes and vasodilators. He has collaborated extensively with his basic science research associates, focusing on translational research related to the molecular biology of cardiac remodeling, allograft arteriopathy and transplanted heart rejection.
Dr. Young has participated in more than 150 clinical trials as an investigator and served as the U.S. Principal or Co-Principal Investigator for the HOPE, RESOLVED, SPICE, VMAC, MIRACLE-ICD, RED-HF, ACCLAIM, ONTARGET, TRENSCEND and CHARM multi-center clinical trials. He has published more than 550 manuscripts and several textbooks. Professionally, Dr. Young gains the greatest satisfaction from his contributions to the development and administration of donor organ procurement programs, his efforts to secure recognition for the emerging cardiology subspecialty of ‘heart failure and cardiac transplant medicine, and his collaborations with basic and clinical scientists.
Administrative Director of Executive Administration
Andrea Zwischenberger is the Administrative Director of Executive Administration and the Office of the CEO at the Cleveland Clinic. In this role, she drives implementation and project management for enterprise-wide, strategic projects, including the Care Affordability cost structure realignment program. She supports the strategic priorities of the Chief Executive Officer, Executive Team, and Workforce Planning Committee. Andrea has gained experience preparing data and presentations for the CEO, Board and key executives.
Prior to her position in Executive Administration, Andrea was an Administrative Fellow in 2011-2012 at Cleveland Clinic. This is a 1-year post-grad intensive project-based fellowship designed to prepare future healthcare administrators and leaders.
Andrea holds a Masters of Health Services Administration from the George Washington University and a Bachelors of Science in Public Health, magna cum laude, from the George Washington University. During graduate school, she completed Administrative Internships at Sibley Memorial Hospital and University of Kentucky Healthcare.