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.
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
Conrad H. Simpfendorpher, MD
Training:S'04, MIS'05, S/HEP'06
Dale R. Shepard, MD, PhD
Training: IM'06, H/O'09
Pauline C. Kwok, MD
Secretary of Alumni Membership
Training: TRS'95, DR'00, ABI'01
Divya Singh-Behl, MD
Secretary of Alumni Communication
Training: D'02, DS'07
Susan J. Rehm, MD
Immediate Past President
Training: IM'80, ID'83
Alumni Specialty Directors
Mauricio A. Perilla, MD
Leo J. Pozuelo, MD
Andrew Vassil, MD
Training: IM'06, RO’10
Khaldoun G. Tarakji, MD, MPH
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
Alexis L. Grucela, MD
Lydia Parker, MD
Mario Skugor, MD
Michael Puff, MD
Kevin El-Hayek, MD
Training: S'11, AL/FSE'12, S/HEP’13
Tom Abelson, MD
Head & Neck
Richard S. Lang, MD, MPH
Training: TRS'80, IM'82
Alice Kim, MD
Training: IM/PD'01, ID'03
Darlene Holden, MD
Training: DR'08, MRS'09
Marc A. Pohl, MD
Nephrology & Hypertension
Andrew T. Healy, MD
Training: SSF'15, NS'16
Asma M. Moheet, MD
Rebecca Bagley, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology & Women's Health
Jeffery M. Goshe, MD
Peter Evans, MD, PhD
Christine N. Booth, MD
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Kadakkal Radhakrishnan, MD
Training: PD'03, PDGE'06
Jonathan Kaplan, MD
Octavian Ioachimescu, MD, PhD
Kaushik Ghosal, PhD
Rochelle Rosian, MD
Rheumatologic and Immunologic Disease
Michael Banbury, MD
Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery
Mark Licht, MD
Leonard P. Krajewski, MD
Training: GS'78, VS'79
Joddi Neff-Massullo, MD
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alumni Specialty Director: Mauricio A. Perilla, MD (AN'08)
Alumni Specialty Director: Andrew Vassil, MD (RO’10)
Alumni Specialty Director: Khaldoun G. Tarakji, MD, MPH (IM'04, CARD'09, CARD/E'11)
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Alumni Specialty Director: Bradley Gill, MD (CCLCM'12)
Alumni Specialty Director: Alexis L. Grucela, MD (CRS'10)
Alumni Specialty Director: Lydia Parker, MD (D'92)
Alumni Specialty Director: Mario Skugor, MD (END'02)
Alumni Specialty Director: Michael R. Puff, MD (GE'89)
Alumni Specialty Director: Kevin El-Hayek, MD (S'11, S/ALB'12 S/HEP’13)
Head & Neck
Alumni Specialty Director: Tom Abelson, MD (OTO'81)
Alumni Specialty Director: Richard S. Lang, MD, MPH (TRS'80, IM'82)
Alumni Specialty Director: Alice Kim, MD (IM/PD'01, ID'03)
Alumni Specialty Director: Darlene Holden, MD (DR'08, MSR'09)
Alumni Specialty Director: Albrecht H. Kramer, MD (S'76, VS'77)
Nephrology & Hypertension
Alumni Specialty Director: Marc. A Pohl, MD (CCF'73)
Alumni Specialty Director: Andrew T. Healy, MD (SSF'15, NS'16)
Alumni Specialty Director: Asma M. Moheet, MD (N'08)
Ob/Gyn & Women's Health
Alumni Specialty Director: Jeffrey M. Goshe, MD (OPH'10)
Alumni Specialty Director: Peter Evans, MD, PhD (CCF'01)
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Alumni Specialty Director: Christine N. Booth, MD (ACLPTH'02)
Alumni Specialty Director: Kadakkal Radhakrishnan, MD (PD'03, PDGE'06)
Alumni Specialty Director: Jonathan Kaplan, MD (PL/RS’07)
Alumni Specialty Director: Octavian Ioachimenscu, MD, PhD (PULMCC'06, SLPM'07)
Alumni Specialty Director: Kaushik Ghosal, PhD (RES/NU’10)
Rheumatologic & Immunologic Disease
Alumni Specialty Director: Rochelle Rosian, MD (RH'96)
Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery
Alumni Specialty Director: Michael Banbury, MD (TS’98)
Alumni Specialty Director: Mark Licht, MD (U'94)
Alumni Specialty Director: Joddi M. Neff-Massullo, MD (VM'10)
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
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
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
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
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.
Did you know that Cleveland Clinic has been ranked:
- No. 2 in the nation for the past 3 years
- Top 5 in the nation in 12 clinical specialties
- No. 1 in cardiology and heart surgery for 24 consecutive years
- No. 1 or No. 2 in urology for 18 years in a row in urology and was ranked No. 1 again in 2017-2018
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.