Delos Cosgrove, MD

Delos Cosgrove, MD
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Title Executive Advisor and former CEO & President
Department Executive Board Office
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
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About Delos Cosgrove, MD

Delos M. Cosgrove MD, led Cleveland Clinic as president and CEO from 2004 through 2017. He now serves as an executive advisor to the $8 billion healthcare system, which includes a main campus, 10 regional hospitals, 18 family health and surgery centers, and hospitals and clinics in Florida, Nevada, Toronto, Canada, Abu Dhabi, UAE, and London (opening 2020).  Under his leadership, Cleveland Clinic became the #2 ranked hospital in America (U.S. News & World Report).

Dr. Cosgrove graduated from Williams College and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He trained at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Brook General Hospital in London. In 1967, he was a surgeon in the U.S. Air Force, earning a Bronze Star.

Dr. Cosgrove joined Cleveland Clinic in 1975, and chaired the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular surgery from 1989 to 2004. He performed over 22,000 operations and earned an international reputation in valve repair before retiring from clinical practice in 2006. He holds 30 patents for medical innovations.

He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, and fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. In 2016, he was a Fortune Businessperson of the Year (#14). Consulted by successive presidents, he serves on the White House Strategic and Policy Forum.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - Children's Hospital of Boston
Cardiac Surgery
Boston, MA USA

Residency - Massachusetts General Hospital
Cardiac Surgery
Boston, MA USA

Residency - Brook General Hospital
Cardiothoracic Surgery
London, England,

Residency - University of Rochester-Strong Memorial Hospital
General Surgery
Rochester, NY USA

Internship - University of Rochester-Strong Memorial Hospital
General Surgery
Rochester, NY USA

Medical School - University of Virginia School of Medicine
Charlottesville, VA USA

Undergraduate - Williams College
Williamstown, MA USA


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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 10/23/2008, Dr. Cosgrove has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Royalty Payments. Dr. Cosgrove receives or has the right to receive royalty payments for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • Edwards Lifesciences
  • AtriCure
  • Allegiance (Cardinal Health)
  • Terumo
  • Kapp Surgical

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

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