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Toby Cosgrove, MD

Former CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic

Toby Cosgrove, MD, is the former CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic. From 2004 through 2017, he led an $8 billion a year enterprise, ranked the #2 hospital in America (U.S. News & World Report), with locations in Ohio, Florida, Nevada, Toronto, Abu Dhabi and London. He oversaw the significant expansion of facilities and reorganization of services. His accomplishments include successful initiatives to promote transparency, innovation, and patient experience, and made notable gains quality, safety and efficiency. As CEO, he helped raise more than $2 billion in two major philanthropic campaigns.

He currently serves as Executive Advisor of Cleveland Clinic, working with leadership to shape Cleveland Clinic’s strategies for national and international growth.

Dr. Cosgrove received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville and completed his clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital and Brook General Hospital in London. His undergraduate work was at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

He was a surgeon in the U.S. Air Force and served in Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam, as the Chief of U.S. Air Force Casualty Staging Flight. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal.

Joining Cleveland Clinic in 1975, Dr. Cosgrove was named Chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular surgery in 1989. Under his leadership, Cleveland Clinic’s heart program was ranked No. 1 in America for 10 years in a row (U.S. News & World Report), a ranking it now holds for 23 consecutive years.

He has published nearly 450 journal articles, book chapters, one book and 17 training and continuing medical education films. He performed more than 22,000 operations and earned an international reputation for expertise in all areas of cardiac surgery, especially valve repair. As an innovator, Dr. Cosgrove has 30 patents filed for developing medical and clinical products used in surgical environments.

Dr. Cosgrove served as CEO and president of Cleveland Clinic from 2004 to 2017. In that time, he reorganized clinical services into patient-centered institutes, improved patient experience, and launched initiatives to promote access, wellness and efficiency. Under his leadership, Cleveland Clinic was ranked the #2 hospital in America (U.S. News & World Report).  

Dr. Cosgrove is a sought-after speaker worldwide. He has addressed the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting at Davos, Switzerland, and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, in Washington, D.C. He is regularly quoted and featured in national magazines and newspapers, including a cover story in TIME, and major articles in Newsweek, The New York Times andThe Washington Post. He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, “The Charlie Rose Show” on PBS, and other national media outlets.

Dr. Cosgrove was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (2013). He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (2015) and Castle Connolly National Physician of the Year.

His honors include the Deming Cup and Horatio Alger Award. He is a 2016 Fortune Businessperson of the Year (No. 14), and has topped Inside Business’s “Power 100” listing for Northeast Ohio. He is highly ranked among Modern Healthcare’s “100 most powerful people in healthcare” and “most powerful physician executives,” and is an inductee of the Cleveland Medical Hall of Fame.

Dr. Cosgrove has been consulted by successive presidential administrations and served on the Veterans Administration Commission on Care (2015). He is the author of “The Cleveland Clinic Way”, published in 2014.

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