Overview

Overview

Cleveland Clinic Alumni Association represents a constituency of physicians and scientists throughout the world who reflect a commitment to excellence.

Those eligible for membership in the Association include:

  • Individuals who trained for a minimum of one (1) year at a Cleveland Clinic training facility through any one of the clinical or research Graduate Medical Education (“GME”) accredited programs.
  • Medical students from Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (“CCLCM”).
  • PhD students who have completed their degree at Cleveland Clinic, through one of our partner universities (Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Kent State University and the University of Akron).
  • Professional staff who hold these positions, but who trained outside Cleveland Clinic, are also eligible for membership in the Association if they have served Cleveland Clinic for a period of five (5) years.

Our Mission

Cleveland Clinic is committed to serving as a resource to its Alumni by providing access to information and programmatic support necessary to ensure their professional growth and success. The goal of these efforts is to bolster the bond between the institution and its Alumni, and to create an atmosphere that encourages a commitment among Alumni to offer support and to participate in the life of the institution.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Dale R. Shepard, MD, PhD
President
Training: IM'06, H/O'09

Richard S. Lang, MD, MPH
President Elect
Training: TRS'80, IM'82

Christine N. Booth, MD
Vice President of Membership
Training: ACLPTH'02

Leo J. Pozuelo, MD
Vice President of Communications
Training: P/P’97

Conrad H. Simpfendorpher, MD
Immediate Past President
Training:S'04, MIS'05, S/HEP'06

Alumni Specialty Directors

Mauricio A. Perilla, MD
Anesthesiology
Training: AN'08

Karen Jacobs, DO
Behavioral Health
Training: P’92

Andrew Vassil, MD
Cancer
Training: IM'06, RO’10

Khaldoun G. Tarakji, MD, MPH
Cardiovascular Medicine
Training: IM'04, CARD'09, CARD/E'11

Mark K. Grove, MD
Cleveland Clinic Florida Alumni
Training: S'90, VS'91

Bradley Gill, MD
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine/Representative
Training: CCLCM'12

Eric Weiss, MD
Colorectal Surgery
Training: CRS’94

Lydia Parker, MD
Dermatology
Training: D'92

Adriana G. Ioachimescu, MD, PhD, FACE
Endocrinology
Training: IM’04, END’06

Ravi S Chittajallu, MD
Gastroenterology
Training: IM’93, GE’96

Kevin El-Hayek, MD
General Surgery
Training: S'11, AL/FSE'12, S/HEP’13

Tom Abelson, MD
Head & Neck
Training: OTO'81

Richard S. Lang, MD, MPH
Internal Medicine
Training: TRS'80, IM'82

Alice Kim, MD
Infectious Disease
Training: IM/PD'01, ID'03

Darlene Holden, MD
Imaging (Radiology)
Training: DR'08, MRS'09

Marc A. Pohl, MD
Nephrology & Hypertension
Training: CCF'73

Andrew T. Healy, MD
Neurological Surgery
Training: SSF'15, NS'16

Asma M. Moheet, MD
Neurology
Training: N'08

Rebecca Bagley, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology & Women's Health
Training: OB/GYN'10

Jeffery M. Goshe, MD
Ophthalmology
Training: OPH'10

Peter Evans, MD, PhD
Orthopaedic Surgery
Training: CCF'01

Christine N. Booth, MD
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Training: ACLPTH'02

Gina M. Robinson, MD, FAAP
Pediatrics
Training: PD’98

Jonathan Kaplan, MD
Plastic Surgery
Training: PL/RS’07

Octavian Ioachimescu, MD, PhD
Respiratory
Training: PULMCC'06/SLPM'07

Kaushik Ghosal, PhD
Research
Training: RES/NU’10

Adam Brown, MD
Rheumatologic and Immunologic Disease
Training: RH’16, VSCL’17

Richard Kaplon, MD
Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery
Training: TS'99

Mark Licht, MD
Urology
Training:U'94

Leonard P. Krajewski, MD
Vascular Surgery
Training: GS'78, VS'79

Specialty Groups

Specialty Groups

Your Alumni Specialty Directors, specific to the area you trained in, want to keep in touch with you. Your elected specialty director meets with the Board of Directors twice a year and can serve as a valuable resource. Please find your group below to see what your Alumni Director would like to share with you. If you are interested in serving on the board please contact alumni@ccf.org.

Anesthesiology

Alumni Specialty Director: Mauricio A. Perilla, MD (AN'08)

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Behavioral Health

Alumni Specialty Director: Leo J. Pozuelo, MD (P/P'97)

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Cancer

Alumni Specialty Director: Andrew Vassil, MD (RO’10)

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Cardiovascular Medicine

Alumni Specialty Director: Khaldoun G. Tarakji, MD, MPH (IM'04, CARD'09, CARD/E'11)

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Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

Alumni Specialty Director: Bradley Gill, MD (CCLCM'12)

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Colorectal Surgery

Alumni Specialty Director: Alexis L. Grucela, MD (CRS'10)

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Dermatology

Alumni Specialty Director: Lydia Parker, MD (D'92)

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Endocrinology

Alumni Specialty Director: Mario Skugor, MD (END'02)

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Gastroenterology

Alumni Specialty Director: Michael R. Puff, MD (GE'89)

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General Surgery

Alumni Specialty Director: Kevin El-Hayek, MD (S'11, S/ALB'12 S/HEP’13)

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Head & Neck

Alumni Specialty Director: Tom Abelson, MD (OTO'81)

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Internal Medicine

Alumni Specialty Director: Richard S. Lang, MD, MPH (TRS'80, IM'82)

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Infectious Disease

Alumni Specialty Director: Alice Kim, MD (IM/PD'01, ID'03)

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Imaging (Radiology)

Alumni Specialty Director: Darlene Holden, MD (DR'08, MSR'09)

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International

Alumni Specialty Director: Albrecht H. Kramer, MD (S'76, VS'77)

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Nephrology & Hypertension

Alumni Specialty Director: Marc. A Pohl, MD (CCF'73)

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Neurological Surgery

Alumni Specialty Director: Andrew T. Healy, MD (SSF'15, NS'16)

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Neurology

Alumni Specialty Director: Asma M. Moheet, MD (N'08)

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Ob/Gyn & Women's Health

Alumni Specialty Director: Rebecca Bagley, MD (OB/GYN'10)

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Ophthalmology

Alumni Specialty Director: Jeffrey M. Goshe, MD (OPH'10)

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Orthopaedic Surgery

Alumni Specialty Director: Peter Evans, MD, PhD (CCF'01)

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Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Alumni Specialty Director: Christine N. Booth, MD (ACLPTH'02)

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Pediatrics

Alumni Specialty Director: Kadakkal Radhakrishnan, MD (PD'03, PDGE'06)

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Plastic Surgery

Alumni Specialty Director: Jonathan Kaplan, MD (PL/RS’07)

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Respiratory

Alumni Specialty Director: Octavian Ioachimenscu, MD, PhD (PULMCC'06, SLPM'07)

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Research

Alumni Specialty Director: Kaushik Ghosal, PhD (RES/NU’10)

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Rheumatologic & Immunologic Disease

Alumni Specialty Director: Rochelle Rosian, MD (RH'96)

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Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery

Alumni Specialty Director: Michael Banbury, MD (TS’98)

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Urology

Alumni Specialty Director: Mark Licht, MD (U'94)

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Vascular Medicine

Alumni Specialty Director: Joddi M. Neff-Massullo, MD (VM'10)

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Vascular Surgery

Alumni Specialty Director: Leonard P. Krajewski, MD (GS'78, VS'79)

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History

History

George Crile Sr., MD Portrait c. 1930 | Cleveland Clinic
George Crile Sr., MD Portrait c. 1930

Your Alumni Association, Yesterday and Today

Cleveland Clinic’s founders made clear their desire to keep in touch with their alumni. Emphasizing their sentiments at the very first certificate ceremony on November 2, 1926, the five graduating fellows of the class heard this from founder George W. Crile, MD:

“We would like you to know the permanent staff and Board of Directors feel a great interest in your welfare and we shall follow you as far as possible with our interest and hope you will always remember this is an institution that is a home to which you may always return.”

The Alumni Association today carries on that same interest.

Cleveland Clinic's fundamental obligation is to keep alumni connected to the organization and to one another. In addition, the association today:

  • Assists the medical professional through the promotion of continuing medical education classes, many at an alumni discounted rate
  • Highlights alumni medical achievements, innovations and award-winners
  • Honors the physician-scientist graduates of Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner College of Medicine
  • Develops a philanthropic interest among alumni to meet the health organization’s varied needs, be they buildings, equipment or people

Beyond Reunions

The Cleveland Clinic Alumni Association began much like those of many other medical organizations, existing mostly to host reunions and receptions where its doctors could catch up with one other and speak of their lives inside and outside the medical profession. The occasions were fun, the smiles were many, but the relative importance of these events was often hard to measure.

White Mansion, Home of the  Cleveland Clinic Alumni Association | Cleveland Clinic
White Mansion, Home of the
Cleveland Clinic Alumni Association

Over time, the work of a dedicated, curious and engaged alumni staff and alumni base has grown ever more valuable. Communication, education, information have become the benchmarks of a vibrant alumni association in this fast-paced, digital world.

Today’s Cleveland Clinic Alumni Association also:

  • Acts as a strong ambassador to attract talent to the organization
  • Networks with alumni around the globe to both keep lines of communication open and to facilitate the best possible patient treatment
  • Funds internal programs of special interest to Cleveland Clinic
  • Offers a modern web site, complete with information of use to physicians, such as registration for conferences and linking to Cleveland Clinic’s own prestigious Journal of Medicine
  • Brings prominent Cleveland Clinic physicians, and others, before its Board of Directors to hear presentations on current matters of interest, many of which bear directly on physicians’ own patients and practices
  • Reports on those presentations – and other news – through its routinely produced newsletter, Alumni Connection
  • Holds events across the world to bring alumni in other countries up to date on what’s going on back home
  • Sends representatives to important medical conferences, such as one held recently in the Middle East, to learn about new medical techniques and equipment

Welcome Home

It is all about a renewed effort within the Alumni Association to be of greater service to its more than 15,000 members world-wide and to be of greater relevance to Cleveland Clinic overall.

The association knows it must be attentive and responsive to the needs of its members and continually look for new ways to be of service to them. It is that goal to which it is dedicated. And, just as alumni may receive help, they will go on to offer help to others, including their patients, their peers and their own Cleveland Clinic.

To paraphrase Dr. Crile: We always wish you success, we continue to follow you with interest, and we still hope you consider Cleveland Clinic to be your professional home.

Help us Remain a Top Ranked Hospital

Help us Remain a Top Ranked Hospital

Keep Cleveland Clinic in mind when you vote in U.S. News and World Report survey

As Cleveland Clinic alumni, you have helped contribute to our institution’s legacy of medical leadership through the accomplishments of your own practice. That legacy, reflected in Cleveland Clinic’s rankings, is something we all can be proud of.

U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s top hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey and has named Cleveland Clinic’s heart program No. 1 in the nation since 1995.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are an undeniable honor, but it is our responsibility to take Cleveland Clinic to the next level. As alumni, you have a special connection to this effort and are integral to our success. Help us maintain and strengthen that shared legacy by voting to recognize how our leadership continues as strong as ever today.

Surveys for the annual U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” ballot are typically available on Doximity between mid-February and early March. We ask that you keep Cleveland Clinic top of mind when you vote for Best Hospital ranked specialties.

There are two avenues by which physicians who are board-certified in the United States in one or more of the ranked specialties may impact these rankings:

  • Doximity Members: Log on to your Doximity profile and vote for Cleveland Clinic.
  • Non-Doximity Members: Paper surveys were mailed the week of January 15 to a random sampling of board-certified physicians in each of the specialty areas.

When you vote, please keep in mind how your training at Cleveland Clinic helped contribute to where your practice and Cleveland Clinic are today and where they are headed tomorrow.

Thank you for your generous spirit of giving back to Cleveland Clinic. We remain grateful for your kind support which allows us to continue the legacy together.