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Scott M. Simmons, MBA, Senior Director Office of Professional Staff Affairs

Scott is responsible for establishing an Office of Professional Staff Affairs for Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, the new 360-bed hospital Cleveland Clinic is opening in the United Arab Emirates. Part of this initiative involves Scott leading the global effort to recruit physicians for Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and Cleveland Clinic-managed Sheikh Khalilfa Medical City through the Cleveland Clinic Office of Physician Recruitment. Scott joined Cleveland Clinic and was part of the Office of Physician Recruitment from 2006 to 2012 until assuming his role in Abu Dhabi. Additionally, Scott has over 16 years of private industry experience as the president and owner of two different regional medical staffing and recruiting firms and for eight years prior was an environmental chemist working with the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Environmental Resources. Scott earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and his Bachelor of Science degree in biology & chemistry from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio.

Lauren Forst, Director of Regional Physician Recruitment

Lauren joined the Cleveland Clinic Office of Physician Recruitment in 2005 as a physician recruiter and has been a Director in the department since 2010.  Lauren has oversight on a variety of physician and advanced practice recruitment projects.  Specialty areas of interest include Emergency Medicine, Hospital Medicine, and strategic development of new recruitment projects.  Lauren is an involved member of the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (ASPR) and currently serves as Chair of the Ethics Committee.  Previous involvement includes the Vice President and Treasurer of Academic In-House Recruiters (AIR).  Lauren holds a Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Psychology from Cleveland State University and is a Fellow of the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters..

Jennifer Kambies, MBA, Director Special Initiatives

Jen has been working as an in-house staff physician recruiter since 2004. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Ohio University in 2002 and a MBA with a Healthcare Management focus from Regis University in 2008. She has been working at Cleveland Clinic in the Office of Physician Recruitment since 2007. Prior to her employment at Cleveland Clinic she was a physician liaison at DeKalb Medical in Decatur, GA handling physician recruitment and retention issues for physicians in the community. Jen manages the recruitment process for several specialties: Bioethics, Medicine Institute (Geriatrics, and General Internal Medicine ); Neurological Institute ( Physical Medical and Rehabilitation and Spine); Center for Connected Care (House Calls, SNF/LTAC and Hospice at Home) and Taussig Cancer Institute (Regional Oncology and Radiation Oncology). Additionally, Jen has oversight of the Resident and Fellow and Diversity Recruitment Initiatives. Jen is an active member in Academic In-House Recruiter’s Network (AIR) and Association of Physician Recruiters (ASPR). She currently holds a leadership role with AIR.

Cindy Roth, MBA, Director, International Physician Recruitment

Cindy joined the Office of Physician Recruitment as part of the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD) recruitment team in May, 2007. Cindy handles the physician recruitment for the Medical Subspecialties Institute at CCAD, which includes the departments of Allergy, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Hospital Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, Nephrology, Psychiatry and Rheumatology.  Cindy earned her MBA in Health Care Administration from Baldwin Wallace University and her Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources from Capital University.

Michelle Seifert, Director of Main Campus Physician Recruitment

Michelle has been with Cleveland Clinic in physician recruitment since the inception of the department in 2001 and enjoys the challenges of recruiting for all specialties throughout the enterprise. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, she was the Manager of Corporate Development and Director of Financial Reporting for an affiliate of Team Health. Her scope of responsibilities included New Business Ventures, Acquisition Analysis, Financial Reporting, Recruitment and Marketing. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accounting and currently holds a non-practicing active CPA license in the State of Ohio. She is also a Fellow and active Board member of Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (ASPR) as well as Academic In-House Recruiter’s Network (AIR) and has held leadership roles with the group since its inception in 2008.

Lauren E. Judd, MBA, Department Manager Domestic Physician Recruitment

In 2005 Lauren received her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Administration from Ohio University, and in 2012 earned an MBA with a concentration in Health Administration from Cleveland State University. Lauren joined the Cleveland Clinic Office of Physician Recruitment in 2008 and focuses her recruitment efforts on Imaging (All Radiology Specialties), Emergency Services, Head & Neck, Quality & Patient Safety (Environmental Health), and Digestive Disease (General and Acute Care Surgery). Lauren currently heads the team providing recruitment of Advanced Practice providers’ enterprise wide. She also serves on the leadership committee of the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (ASPR), and as Treasurer of AIR (Academic In-House Recruiters). She is the former Executive Director for a Dermatology & Integrative Medicine Center in Medina, Ohio. Lauren’s professional experience and continual educational endeavors have provided her with an excellent understanding and knowledge of the Healthcare Industry.

Domonique Allds, Senior Physician Recruiter

Domonique has been with the Cleveland Clinic Office of Physician Recruitment since January 2008. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, she recruited for a variety of professions, including Engineering, Sciences, Sales and Health Care. Domonique is a 2004 Kent State University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. Since joining Cleveland Clinic she has assisted in recruitment for the Pediatric Institute, the Sleep Disorders Center, the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute and the Neurological Institute.  She is also a part of the Resident and Fellow initiative that assists the Cleveland Clinic Resident and Fellows with CV and Cover letters, Contracts, job search assistance and presentations to the departments.  Domonique enjoys recruiting for Cleveland Clinic because it allows her to meet with physicians from all over the country and show them all the great things that Cleveland Clinic has to offer.

Kelli Dowhaniuk, Senior Physician Recruiter

Kelli graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. That same year she joined Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Neurology under the Neurological Institute where she worked until 2008. In April of 2008 she became part of the Office of Physician Recruitment where she recruits not only Physicians but also Advanced Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. Kelli works specifically with the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute (Nephrology/Hypertension & Stem Cell Research), Genomic Medicine Institute, Medicine Institute (Infectious Disease), Ob/Gyn & Women’s Specialized Health Institute, Pediatric Institute (Community Pediatrics) and Taussig Cancer Institute. Kelli grew up in Northeast Ohio and finds this advantageous when recruiting to Cleveland

Sandy Fedor, Senior Physician Recruiter

Sandy has been a CCF caregiver since 2007 and joined our office in 2010.  Upon graduating from Cleveland State University with her Bachelors degree, Sandy worked in the healthcare industry in Human Resources and Recruitment. Her current recruitment areas focus in the Neurological, Orthopaedic and Digestive Disease Institutes extending services to Rehab and Sports Therapy, Midlevel and physician recruitment areas. When not at work, Sandy enjoys cooking/baking, entertaining and hiking.

Nathan Elting, Physician Recruiter

Nathan joined Cleveland Clinic’s Office of Physician Recruitment in 2012. Prior to that he recruited finance and accounting professionals for a variety of industries throughout Northeast Ohio. Nathan is a 1998 Ohio University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration. He has strengthened his career with more than 15 years experience in project management, customer relationship management, sales and marketing. Since joining Cleveland Clinic, he has focused on the recruitment for many specialties within the Neurological Institute, Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute, Medicine Institute and Wellness Institute. He also has assisted with recruitment efforts for Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and enjoys working with the Resident and Fellow Initiative providing career counseling, CV review and preparation and initial contract reviews.

Vincent E. Kovacic, Physician Recruiter

Vince joined Cleveland Clinic in 2007. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Rhetoric and Communication from Kent State University. Vince began his career at Cleveland Clinic in the Ombudsman Office where he investigated, documented and resolved concerns from patients and family members as well as provided assistance to Caregivers across the enterprise. Until 2013, he had been a Physician Liaison working directly with the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute, the Digestive Disease Institute, the Sleep Center and the Taussig Cancer Institute doing physician outreach with referring physicians. In this role he grew patient referrals to Cleveland Clinic. Vince is proud to work for a world-class medical institution.

Jana Laird, Physician Recruiter

Jana joined the Office of Physician Recruitment in 2012 as a part of the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Physician Recruitment team.  She manages the recruitment efforts for the Heart & Vascular Institute, Neurological Institute and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.  In addition, she is a part of the Resident & Fellow initiative, where she supports Cleveland Clinic Residents and Fellows as they transition from training to their first professional positions.

Ryan Mayer, Physician Recruiter

Ryan has always had a passion for recruiting, and joined Cleveland Clinic's Office of Physician Recruitment after sales and recruiting roles in the academic, corporate and scientific fields. Ryan graduated from the University of Dayton with degrees in Leadership and Marketing. While not directly involved in patient care at Cleveland Clinic, Ryan understands the importance of the OPR team’s role in finding caregivers at all levels who will value the patient experience while providing world class care. A native Clevelander, Ryan is proud to come to work each day for Cleveland Clinic, and thoroughly enjoys being an ambassador for this great city to the rest of the world.

Shirlontae Moss, Physician Recruiter

Shirlontae joined the Office of Physician Recruitment in February 2010, and has been with Cleveland Clinic since 2007. Prior to joining OPR, Shirlontae was the education coordinator for the Sleep Disorders Center Fellowship program. Currently, Shirlontae focuses on special initiatives that include diversity and the resident and fellow initiative. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and is proud to be a part of an innovative organization that is changing lives daily.

Christine Omahen, MBA, Physician Recruiter

Christine joined the Office of Physician Recruitment in October 2011 as part of the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi recruitment team, contributing to the largest physician recruitment effort the organization has ever undertaken. She has been with Cleveland Clinic since 2007, beginning her career in the Human Resources department, then moving into Staffing & Recruitment in 2009. Christine obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Management with a Human Resources concentration from John Carroll University and her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University. She has also obtained certifications as a Certified Internet Recruiter and a Certified Social Sourcing Recruiter. With a strong background in professional experience and exceptional performance, Christine is dedicated to recruiting, retaining, and developing top talent for our world renowned health system.

Michael Palinchik, Physician Recruiter

Michael graduated from University of Toledo in 2002 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic's Office of Physician Recruitment in October 2011, he recruited individuals in the education field for Medical, Legal and Business occupations. Michael enjoys recruiting because he is committed and enthusiastic about assisting individuals find opportunities that will benefit them both professionally and personally. He will be recruiting a broad range of physician specialties and focusing on recruitment of mid-level providers enterprise wide.

Angela Rossi, Physician Recruiter

Angela graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration in 2008. She began her career in Human Resources (HR) at Cleveland Clinic and in 2010 transferred to International Human Resources as a HR Generalist supporting International Operations including our Cleveland Clinic colleagues in Abu Dhabi (CCAD), Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC), and in Toronto at Cleveland Clinic Canada. In her role as a Physician Recruiter, Angela will focus on the recruitment for the Pharmacy Department enterprise-wide, as well as hiring mid-level providers. Angela is also involved in the Resident and Fellow Initiative.  Angela was born and raised in Cleveland and is proud to be employed by a world-class organization.

Heather Wright, Physician Recruiter

Heather is a Michigan native and graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She joined Cleveland Clinic's Office of Physician Recruitment in October 2011. Prior to joining Physician Recruitment, Heather relocated to the Cleveland area and worked in pharmaceutical sales and college recruiting. Currently, Heather focuses on physician recruitment for Imaging, Eye, Respiratory/Critical Care, and the Digestive Diseases for Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.