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Lisa Yerian, MD

Lisa Yerian, MD
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Title Chief Improvement Officer
Department Continuous Improvement
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
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About Lisa Yerian, MD

Lisa Yerian, MD is the Medical Director of Continuous Improvement in the Division of Medical Operations and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. She received a BS from the University of Notre Dame in 1996 and a medical degree from the University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine in 2000. Dr. Yerian completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology and a fellowship in gastrointestinal and liver pathology at the University of Chicago. She joined the staff of the Cleveland Clinic in 2004, where she serves as a member of the gastrointestinal pathology service and director of the hepatopancreaticobiliary service. In 2009 she was appointed Section Head of Surgical Pathology, and through her work in surgical pathology she developed an interest in using process improvement and business management tools and principles in the laboratory. She now enjoys applying these tools throughout Pathology, the Cleveland Clinic and beyond as Medical Director of Continuous Improvement.

Dr. Yerian is an active member and contributor of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology and the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). She has directed several national and international courses in liver and gastrointestinal pathology and in continuous improvement, and is well-known for her enthusiasm for teaching. She resides in Cleveland Heights with her husband, Darin Croft, and enjoys cooking, trail running and travel.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Chicago Hospitals
Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology
Chicago, IL USA

Residency - University of Chicago Hospitals
Anatomic / Clinical Pathology
Chicago, IL USA

Medical Education - University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Chicago, IL USA

Undergraduate - University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN USA


  • Pathology - Anatomic Pathology
  • Pathology - Pathology Recertification

Specialty Interests

gastrointestinal pathology, Hepatic Pathology, liver and gastrointestinal pathology

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 10/3/2021, Dr. Yerian has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. 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.

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