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Volume XXII, No. 2 Summer 2012

Graduation Edition

Alumni Connection A Legacy of Learning

The Lessons After Graduation Could Be the Most Important

Dr. Robert E. Hermann, center, Alumni Medical Director and former Chairman of the Department of General Surgery

Dr. Hermann Celebrates 50 Years in Medicine Robert E. Hermann, MD, Alumni Medical Director, didn’t travel to the beat of a different drum. No. It was a trumpet. He got pretty good with it, too, even before he started a swing band at his alma mater, Harvard. They were called the Harvardians. And were it not for his concern that long road trips would wear thin after awhile, we might never have seen the Robert E. Hermann who, at age 40, was appointed Chairman of the Department of General Surgery at

(Editor’s note: For this graduation edition of Alumni Connection, we spoke with Joseph F. Hahn, MD, neurosurgeon and Cleveland Clinic Chief of Staff. Dr. Hahn has practiced medicine for more than 40 years and is widely known for his wit and wisdom and his learned perspective on today’s medical issues. Here are some of his views on what our graduates face today in the everchanging world of medicine.)

Joseph F. Hahn, MD “There are at least four new things our graduates are about to learn as they move forward in their medical careers,” says Joseph F. Hahn, MD, neurosurgeon and Cleveland Clinic Chief of Staff. Lesson One. “Medicine is a ‘foreverlearning’ experience,” says Dr. Hahn. “You have to keep on top of developments in your field and in medicine generally. I’ve been doing this for more than 40 years, and I still read and learn and discover every day. Our classes of 2012 may have closed their textbooks, for now, but they can never close their minds.” He urges our graduates to continue their medical educations through journals, interaction with their peers, seminars,

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continuing medical education classes and certifications to maintain or add to their professional credentials. The medical degree can rest in a place of honor at home or in a medical office, Dr. Hahn says, but our graduates are about to learn that in the future they will be judged on more than just their educations. “When I’m looking at hiring someone for Cleveland Clinic, I don’t look at their degree. Why? Well, we’ve had some superb practitioners here who hailed from relatively obscure institutions, and we’ve had some nincompoops from the Ivy League. I look at what the candidates have done since they got their degrees. I’m looking at their interaction with their peers and their patients, their depth of medical knowledge, their technical skills. Those Continued on page 2

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are the areas where our graduates now must turn and must develop and must always stay sharp,” he says.

Dr. Santos Uy (center) surrounded by his family (left to right, back row), Ronald and Santos; (First row) Dr. Santos and his wife, Edelesa.

Lesson Two. “Medicine today is a team sport,” Dr. Hahn says. “Gone are the days when one doctor was supposed to know everything – and do everything – pertaining to patient care. Now, oftentimes, additional specialists must be brought in to assist. And not only is there no harm in that, it is the way patient care routinely must be administered to achieve the best outcomes.”

Alumni Relations Goes ‘Hollywood’

Too much pride can be damaging, both to the doctor and to the patient, Dr. Hahn says.

A quick trip to the West Coast to check up on alumni brought Lois Sumegi, director of Alumni Relations and Development, to the door of cardiologist, Santos Uy, MD (CARD ’78), whose office carries a Hollywood address.

“I want our graduates to feel proud of their educational accomplishments and to have a sense of confidence about themselves as they move forward. But there’s a difference between pride and arrogance. I don’t ever want our graduates to let arrogance stand in the way of their asking a question, or asking for help. There may not be a chief resident in their lives any longer to rely on, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a colleague available. Don’t hesitate to ask,” he says. Seeking information is never a sign of weakness, Dr. Hahn says. It’s a sign of strength and intelligence. “Having enough humility to say, ‘I don’t know. I’ll go check,’ is just plain smart.”

Dr. Uy was quite accommodating to his guest and took Sumegi on a minitour of the area, complete with lunch at Langer’s Deli and a personal photo with the famous Hollywood Hills in the background. The doctor was happy to learn about current events at Cleveland Clinic and to catch up on news regarding many of his colleagues. He also shared some news of his own. His son, also named Santos, now runs a prestigious Frenchstyle restaurant, Papilles, in Beachwood Canyon. Papilles (pronounced “pah-PEE”) means “taste buds” in French. The restaurant is inspired by the bistronomique movement in Paris and serves food using high level culinary techniques and attention to detail in a casual, bistro setting. Menus change weekly and are complemented by natural wines from France and other Old World countries.

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Lesson Three. “That’s a person you’re looking at, not looking at, not a liver.” a liver,” says Dr. Hahn. “Doctors used to operate under the mantra ‘Fix what’s ailing them,’ and we knew very little about the patient aside from their condition. The future is caring for the ‘whole’ patient. That means better and clearer communications between patient and doctor and concern for family members and their worries. I think those are remarkable advances.” Others agree, which is why Cleveland Clinic has a task force dedicated to exploring such issues. Doctors can – some are required to – take courses in communications where their interaction with others is videotaped and analyzed. New staff will be exposed to communication improvement as part of their weeklong introduction to the health system. Lesson Four: Strike a work-home balance. “Ignoring your family is a terrible mistake with long-lasting effects,” Dr. Hahn says. “Be responsible to your profession, but be dedicated to your family.” He would always alert his colleagues when family situations took him away, but he always promised he’d catch up later, “and I always did.” He advises: “Take your vacation and your time off, too. My philosophy is: ‘When you’re off, you’re off. When you’re on vacation, you’re on vacation. You’re not chasing phone calls or returning messages on your Blackberry. If there’s an emergency, OK. Otherwise, take the time to enjoy life, family and friends.” Finally, Dr. Hahn says, “Congratulations to our graduates from Lerner College of Medicine and our fellows and residents graduating from Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston. Medicine is an exciting field, and you’re entering it at an exciting time. Don’t be swayed by financial reward, or whatever recognition comes your way. Concentrate on what’s really important. You’re helping people who are suffering. And in my book, that’s a very big deal.”


Dr. Lytle displays the plaque presented to him as a Distinguished Alumnus. From left are: Delos M. Cosgrove, MD, President and CEO; Edwin F. Beven, MD; Bruce W. Lytle, MD; Joseph F. Hahn, MD, Chief of Staff; Robert E. Hobbs, MD; Robert E. Hermann, MD; and Gary H. Dworkin, MD.

Dr. Bruce W. Lytle Named Distinguished Alumnus Bruce W. Lytle, MD, Cleveland Clinic alumnus and cardiothoracic surgeon, recently received the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award from Cleveland Clinic’s Alumni Association for his years of service to medicine. Dr. Lytle is recognized internationally for his innovations in cardiac re-operations, aortic surgery, coronary artery bypass grafting and valve surgery. He has helped develop and refine surgical techniques in all these areas. As Chairman of the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic, he oversees the study and treatment of all aspects of cardiovascular disease in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, and Vascular Surgery. In presenting the award to Dr. Lytle, Robert E. Hobbs, MD (CARD’79), President of Cleveland Clinic’s Alumni Association, described Dr. Lytle as “an active surgeon and a visionary leader who is passionate about promoting the quality of healthcare.” After graduating with Great Distinction from Stanford University, Dr. Lytle earned his medical degree from Harvard University School of Medicine, graduating cum laude. He completed his surgical internship and residencies at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He next spent one year at Shotley Bridge Hospital in England as Senior Registrar in Cardiothoracic Surgery before returning to Massachusetts General Hospital as Chief Resident in Cardiovascular Surgery. He had advanced training in cardiothoracic surgery at Cleveland Clinic, and joined Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in 1978. Dr. Lytle has authored or co-authored numerous articles and book chapters on cardiovascular disease. His publications cover a wide range of topics, such as coronary artery bypass grafting, thoracic aortic dissections, surgery for acquired heart disease and other surgical advances for treating cardiovascular disease. Dr. Lytle has served in many leadership roles, including the presidency of the American Association of Thoracic Surgery, the nation’s prestigious academic society for thoracic surgeons. The Alumni Association said Dr. Lytle exemplifies the highest ideals of a clinician, teacher and innovator.


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Lerner Class of 2012: They’re On Their Way Following Match Day

Nika Bagheri Thomas Jefferson University/Wills Eye Institute Program, Philadelphia, Pa. Ophthalmology St. Francis Hospital – Evanston, IL Transitional

Heng Duong University of California – San Francisco, Calif. Internal Medicine

Jocelyn Beach Cleveland Clinic Vascular Surgery

Anish Ghodadra University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Medical Education, Pa. Radiology – Diagnostic Cleveland Clinic Prelim/Diagnostic Rad.

Christian Camargo Washington Hospital, Washington D.C. Preliminary Surgery

Bradley Gill Cleveland Clinic Urology Surgery Cleveland Clinic Prelim/Urology

Sara Abbott Duke University Medical Center, N.C. Pathology

Alexandra Chludzinski University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Anesthesiology

Theresa Guo Johns Hopkins Hospital, Md. Otolaryngology

Kalil Abdullah Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Neurological Surgery

Thomas Cronin Case Western/ MetroHealth Medical Center, OH Emergency Medicine

Michael Hendel Hospital For Special Surgery, N.Y. Orthopaedic Surgery

Faysal Altahawi Northwestern McGaw/ Northwestern Memorial Hospital/Veterans Administration, Ill. Radiology – Diagnostic University of Illinois, Chicago, Ill. College of Medicine – Preliminary

Donelle Cummings Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Mass. Pathology

Caitlin Hicks Johns Hopkins Hospital, Md. General Surgery

The 33 members of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine graduating Class of 2012 learned recently where they will be headed for their residency training. Once again, the graduates matched into excellent programs across the country. The college is very proud of the Class of 2012 and wishes its graduates success in all their future endeavors.


Mengjun Hu UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, Calif. Dermatology Cleveland Clinic Prelim/Medicine

Emmanuel Obusez Cleveland Clinic Radiology – Diagnostic Case Western Reserve University Hospitals Medical Center, Preliminary Medicine

Alexis Reedy Lancaster General Hospital, PA Family Medicine

Michael Knight New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weil Cornell Medical Center, N.Y. Internal Medicine

Alexander Pinus Yale – New Haven Hospital, Conn. Medicine

Louis Ross Cleveland Clinic General Surgery

Rabina Kochar University of California, San Francisco, Calif. Dermatology Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals Program, WI Preliminary Pediatrics

Stacey Poloskey Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Mass. Internal Medicine

Nathan Sears Cleveland Clinic Ophthalmology Case Western Reserve University/MetroHealth Medical Center, Ohio Preliminary Medicine

Viktoria Koskenoja Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital, Mass. Emergency Medicine

Pearl Quartey Cleveland Clinic Obstetrics and Gynecology

Garnett Smith University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, Colo. Child Neurology

Hanhan Li Henry Ford Health Science Center, Mich. Urology Henry Ford Health Science Center, Mich. Preliminary Urological Surgery

Manu Raam Children’s Hospital – Los Angeles, Calif. Pediatrics

Russell Stitzlein Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Surgery

Constance Mash University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals, Seattle, Wash. Psychiatry

Sneha Ramakrishna Childrens Hospital – Philadelphia, Pa. Pediatrics

Jasmine Sutton Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Mass. Internal Medicine


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Cleveland Clinic, a position he held for 25 years before his retirement from active practice in 1994. Dr. Hermann, who remains active and in good health, was honored recently for his half-century in medicine. To speak with him about it is to learn he enjoyed most every minute of it, too. “To be sure, there were those 2 a.m. phone calls at home to come running to mend a gunshot wound or to patch a lacerated pancreas,” he recalls. “But there is something about this field of medicine that is like no other. I think it’s the acquired ability to help someone, to try and fix what ails them, to help make them better. That’s what has kept me going.”

“Life is a journey of learning. It’s what you do with that knowledge that counts.”

Robert E. Hermann, MD

And going. Dr. Hermann has traveled much of the world. His Bratenahl (Ohio) condo is a travel agent’s delight. There’s a handcrafted wooden pagoda from Japan, artwork from Egypt, enough foreign memorabilia to keep a National Geographic photographer busy for days. “Life is a journey,” he says, “a journey of constant learning.” But it’s what you do with that knowledge that counts, he emphasizes. Dr. Hermann has tried both to impart his knowledge to others and to learn lessons from his peers. In so doing, he has delivered more than 200 lectures, authored or coauthored 189 papers, 54 book chapters and two texts. Some 118 residents in general surgery have come under his tutelage during his 32 years at Cleveland Clinic. Mark K. Grove, MD (S’90, VS’91), a Cleveland Clinic Florida vascular surgeon, says of his mentor: “My recollections of Dr. Hermann during my residency relate to his attention to a word, ‘precision.’ His professional demeanor was always impeccable. He expected grammatical precision in

both oral presentations and in writing notes and manuscripts. Perhaps most noteworthy was his insistence on meticulous technique in the operating room. These attributes, along with his energy and amiable personality, made him a great role model for the residents as well as a superb surgeon and sought-after speaker.” As the son of a dedicated, hard-working small-town doctor in the Midwest, he learned his own lessons early in life. “I can remember times when my father was paid in chickens and eggs because the economy was terrible and his patients had no money. But Dad was a much admired and respected doctor – the kind I knew I wanted to be if I followed suit.” He did, and with much the same result. While no one ever paid him with poultry or produce, he has received the same kudos and established the same long-lasting bonds with many colleagues and patients. “I have one grateful patient on whom I operated many, many years ago. For 40 years, she has been sending me cards, just to keep in touch. She’s nearly blind now, and her handwriting has gotten huge. But, you know what? I still answer every card she sends.” He sometimes wonders if the doctor-patient relationship is as strong today as it once was – before high technology and heavy patient volumes intervened. Dr. Hermann has seen many changes in medicine in 50 years, from wonder drugs to minimally invasive surgery to medical robotics to highly specialized practitioners. And he wouldn’t have missed any of it. Nor does he want younger generations to miss out on the awe of medicine, either. “I tell those considering a medical career to stick with it. If you’re dedicated to a purpose, have some drive, are good with your hands and don’t faint at the sight of blood – you, too, could be a surgeon,” he says with a smile. “And I tell other doctors trying to get ahead to just let their excellence show. It’ll be recognized. Don’t concern yourself with office politics. It never pays.” At a recent ceremony in Coral Gables, Fla., Dr. Hermann was lauded for his devotion to medicine and his 50 years in practice. He was presented with a certificate that reads: “To Robert E. Hermann, MD, FACS, Master Surgeon, Valued Mentor, Respected Colleague, Noted Scholar, in recognition of 50 years of contributions and service to the field of surgery, on the occasion of the first Robert E. Hermann, MD, Keynote Lecture at the Eleventh Annual Surgery of the Foregut Symposium.” Now, that’s something to blow your own horn…er, trumpet about.


Alumni Library Reconfiguration Completed, Efficiency Is Key Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library has been reconfigured to better serve its users and address future needs. The library provides a variety of information relevant to patient care, research and education accessible to all Cleveland Clinic employees. Its collection of nearly 10,000 books includes several hundred e-books and some 20,000 scientific journals. More than 80,000 people use the library every year. Once on two floors, the library now is condensed into one, while retaining its ability to provide access to current material in pleasant, quiet surroundings. “Because of our extensive online resources, we found that we didn’t need the upstairs shelving space,” says Gretchen Hallerberg, library Director. “We recycled 33,000 print journal volumes and donated the shelving units to Mount Union University.” The entire process took one year to complete and involved extensive work to rechannel conduit spaces in the concrete floor, extend the third-floor ceiling, move computers, re-establish study areas and seating, and much more. “We had good data on how many people actually come to the library, and that was helpful,” Ms. Hallerberg says. Space for the photocopy rooms was reduced because most patrons and staff now print from online journals. With this change, the library was able to create a training room for one-on-one or small-group sessions. The library also sports a new carpet and paint. Still to be completed is the staircase area, expected to be used for seating. Such library reconfigurations are a trend in many academic and medical center facilities as the need for shelving space decreases, Ms. Hallerberg says. To understand how library use has changed, Ms. Hallerberg says more than 1 million download of electric articles occur per year, while fewer than 10,000 articles are photocopied there. Librarians’ roles are changing, too, Ms. Hallerberg says. “Libraries and librarians have been the keepers of information for centuries. With the proliferation of online resources for healthcare – from the online journals and books to many point-of-care resources – librarians play an essential role as teachers of effective, efficient ways to find needed information.” The library is located on the third floor of the Lerner College of Medicine Education Building (NA30), at the intersection of E.100th Street and Carnegie Avenue in Cleveland. Its former fourth floor will now be used for Cleveland Clinic executive administration.

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Hospitals Judged on Patient Experience “There’s more to a good hospital than a good doctor,” says James I. Merlino, MD, FACS (CRS’05), Chief Experience Officer and staff colorectal surgeon. “A good hospital – I mean a really good hospital – needs to be judged on more than patient outcomes. While outcomes are fundamentally important, there’s also much to be learned from studying the total patient experience and improving care accordingly,” he says. “At Cleveland Clinic, we’re all partners in making the patient experience an outstanding one. It’s another reason why Cleveland Clinic’s motto is ‘Patients First’ with a goal of delivering what every patient deserves, worldclass care.” Cleveland Clinic announced its emphasis on patients when, in 2007, it established the Office of Patient Experience (OPE), based on the pioneering vision of CEO and President Delos M. Cosgrove, MD. It became the first major academic

“At Cleveland Clinic, we’re all partners in making the patient experience an outstanding one.” James I. Merlino, MD medical center to make patient experience a strategic goal and the first to appoint a Chief Experience Officer. It is also one of the first academic medical centers to establish an OPE with a mission of ensuring consistent, patient-centered care by partnering with all caregivers to exceed the expectations of patients and families. How does it do that? Through such programs and services as these: Patient Survey Administration and Data Analysis. Comments are collected and analyzed from several sources to provide greater insight into how patients perceive their experience at Cleveland Clinic. Best Practices. The Best Practices division assists in identifying successful approaches throughout the enterprise, streamlining patient experience initiatives. The team focuses on efforts such as: Quiet at Night, Responsiveness and Medication Communication. Service Excellence Team. Proactive, innovative programs are provided by this team to positively influence Cleveland Clinic culture and support caregivers’ efforts to provide outstanding service to patients, families and each other. They also

manage the Communicate with H.E.A.R.T. model, that includes S.T.A.R.T. and Respond programs described in the accompanying story. Employee Experience. This area supports several Human Resources initiatives to integrate an exceptional employee experience with a world-class patient experience. The office James I. Merlino, MD supports Cleveland Clinic Experience, an initiative designed to enhance and transform the culture of Cleveland Clinic, maintain its commitment to world-class employee and patient experience, and achieve future success. Healing Services. The team provides holistic care experiences for patients, families and employees. Services are provided by holistic nurses, Spiritual Care members, licensed massage therapists, and reiki and Healing Touch™ practitioners and volunteers. Code Lavender. A personalized, first-response, holistic care service provided by the Healing Services and Spiritual Care teams. Code Lavender is called when a patient, family member, employee or employee team would benefit from immediate well-being support. There also are advisory councils, health literacy education programs, patient experience forums and recognition programs for exceptional caregivers. As Chief Experience Officer, Dr. Merlino has a strong personal commitment to his job. “My father died after being a patient here, but not from anything to do with the procedure he underwent,” Dr. Merlino says. “While he was here, I witnessed personally how little things meant a lot. Some things he ordered for his meal trays were not delivered; he wasn’t attended to routinely. Dad died thinking this was not a very good hospital. Things are much different here now. I know we are now the very best hospital there is when it comes to providing an excellent patient experience.” And, as if Dr. Merlino was not moved enough by his father’s experience, he gained even deeper insight into the patient experience several years ago when he became a patient himself, at another hospital. Continued on page 9


“We can be of assistance to organizations such as the Alumni Association by helping to inform their base of developments in the patient experience field so that they can offer extra value within their own practices.” James I. Merlino, MD “I was in a traffic accident, and as I turned my head to the side, I took the air bag right in the neck,” he says. “I knew immediately something was wrong. On my way to the hospital, and while there, I developed something I call ‘patient tunnel vision,’ an overriding concern with your own condition: ‘How serious is this? How soon will I be treated? Will I be OK? How much information will they give me? How long will I be here?’ I began to understand more fully how a patient looks at things. How well we can answer patients’ questions and how well we can otherwise provide for their needs all help to shape the overall patient experience. ” Dr. Merlino says he and his colleagues always are looking for ways to be helpful to the rest of the Cleveland Clinic community. “We can be of assistance to organizations such as the Alumni Association by helping to inform their base of developments in the patient experience field so that they can offer extra value within their own practices,” says Dr. Merlino. “We look to develop better ways to communicate with patients about their condition and treatment, to make sure their pain is properly mitigated, to see that their surroundings are kept clean, that caregivers visit patients regularly and that other individual needs are met. That’s how doctors and nurses can better bond with their patients, relieve patient anxiety and keep the hospital – and those caregivers – at the top of patients’ minds, should they ever need to return.” To share feedback or to request more information, please contact the OPE office at 216.445.5230 or, or http://my.clevelandclinic. org/patient_experience, or, for employees only, http://

S.T.A.R.T. with H.E.A.R.T. The Office of Patient Experience (OPE) has two service training programs, S.T.A.R.T. with Heart™ and Respond with H.E.A.R.T.®, that together make up Cleveland Clinic’s Communicate with H.E.A.R.T. model. S.T.A.R.T. with Heart™ is a customer service training program that serves as the primary tool for employees to use upon first meeting with a patient or family. The program name is an acronym for the order in which patients’ needs are met: • Smile and greet warmly • Tell your name, role and what to expect • Actively listen and assist • Rapport and relationship building • Thank the person Respond with H.E.A.R.T.® is an innovative service recovery program, offered in conjunction with S.T.A.R.T. with Heart™. Respond with H.E.A.R.T.® helps employees address patients’ concerns and questions from the moment they arise. This consistent approach empowers individuals to respond in a caring and empathetic way. The steps are: • Hear the concern • Empathize with the way the person is feeling • Apologize for the experience the person is having • Respond with action to the concern • Thank the person for giving you an opportunity to make things right For more information on Communicate with H.E.A.R.T., or any of OPE’s service training programs, call 216.444.7500.


Camila Odio is First Healy Scholarship Winner The first annual winner of the Bernadine P. Healy, MD, Scholarship is Camila Odio, a Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine first-year medical student who says she hopes to emulate Dr. Healy in her own career. Ms. Odio has a deep interest in internal medicine and infectious diseases, sparked by a research and shadowing experience when she was an undergraduate and the chemistry and biology courses she took. “One summer, I was fortunate enough to work in the lab of a doctor where I did research and shadowed him and his fellows in the hospital. That experience was a turning point because I realized that medicine lies at the interface of science and the human experience, which was the perfect mix for me.” She recalls her excitement on winning the scholarship, “It was quite unexpected. I usually don’t get anything in my mailbox.” Ms. Odio also says she was humbled by her selection, particularly because of what she has learned about the life and career of Dr. Healy. “I am very inspired by her trailblazing accomplishments, her focus on women’s equality in medicine and her unprecedented leadership roles in women’s health issues. I hope to dedicate my career to the pursuit of scientific knowledge and social justice, as Dr. Healy did.” Ms. Odio says she plans to pursue her interest in infectious diseases, research, and working with underserved populations. “I am very grateful that with this scholarship, together with a Lerner College of Medicine tuition award, I will now be able to follow my passions, rather than struggle to repay the tremendous costs of medical education.” Ms. Odio grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and earned her undergraduate degree in molecular biology from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Her mother is from Puerto Rico and her father from Costa Rica. “I would spend my summers visiting their countries because most of my family is still there,” she says. “Because of my Hispanic background, I am very interested in working with Latino and underserved populations. At the Lerner College of Medicine, I have pursued this interest by cofounding a partnership between Lerner College of Medicine students and a local community clinic, Neighborhood Family Practice. This involves weekly volunteering where we speak with patients (all of whom are low-income or uninsured) about nutrition and healthy habits, as well as record patient histories to help expedite the flow through a very busy office.” She also is part of a research team examining the influence of community services on the behaviors and attitudes of adolescents in high-risk urban areas. “Through these extracurricular activities, I have been able to practice my

Camila Odio, first-year medical student, Lerner College of Medicine clinical and research skills while remaining involved in the social justice issues that are extremely important to me.” Ms. Odio also plays guitar weekly in the pediatric hematology/oncology and epilepsy units at Cleveland Clinic. “Through my conversations with patients and their families, I have been able to link the scientific fact and impersonal diseases I learn about in school with the human experience,” she says. “Their conversations and gratitude remind me why I am studying medicine.” She says that her love of education also was inspired by her father, an applied scientist who connected her with research opportunities in Chile and Mexico, and her mother, a professor of Latin American literature and women and gender studies. “My mother’s influence has opened my eyes to the inequalities faced by women and minorities and our responsibility to strive for a more egalitarian community,” she says. “Lerner College of Medicine’s focus on research and its openness to new minority health volunteer initiatives will allow me to develop into the inquisitive and principled physician I hope to become.”

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Guardian Offers Discount on Insurance to Physicians For decades, the Guardian Life Insurance Company has offered disability income insurance coverage for physicians. Cleveland Clinic is pleased to have such a longstanding, dynamic relationship with Guardian. As a result of that relationship, and because you have the distinction of being a member of the Cleveland Clinic physician community, you have the exclusive advantage of a 10 percent permanent discount on all fully underwritten disability income insurance issued through Guardian. In addition, you also have the opportunity for supplemental coverage purchased through the Future Increase Option rider. Cleveland Clinic recognizes the importance of protecting your income, as well as the significance a disability income plan might play in your overall financial planning strategy. Now, for the first time, individuals who are eligible for this favorable discount include: • Cleveland Clinic residents and fellows in training (discount continues after completion of training); • Cleveland Clinic Alumni residing in the United States or Canada (please visit the Alumni website for the complete definition of Cleveland Clinic Alumni at; • Cleveland Clinic staff physicians at all Cleveland Clinic U.S. and Canadian locations (discount continues even if you leave the institution); • Medical students enrolled at Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner College of Medicine (discount continues after completion of training). If you would like to learn more about this exclusive opportunity, please contact Guardian representatives Amy P. Dickenson (440.505.6007, office; 216.375.2437, cell; or Rory Bixel Lough (440.974.4040, office; 440.567.8949, cell; rory@

Energy Star Award The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy have named Cleveland Clinic an Energy Star Partner of the Year for the second year in a row. The program promotes energy efficiency practices that protect the environment through intelligent product design and practices. “Cleveland Clinic’s commitment to managing its energy use in partnership with Energy Star has paid big dividends,” says Bill Peacock, Cleveland Clinic’s Chief of Operations. “Making our buildings more energy efficient is one of the most effective ways to reduce carbon emissions and save money. We are honored to have received this award.” With a focus on continuing performance measurement and whole-building improvement, EPA’s Energy Star program provides a proven energy management strategy that has helped Cleveland Clinic achieve significant reductions in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Edward Ruszkiewicz and his wife, Janet (in center), at his recent award ceremony, flanked by Robert E. Hermann, MD, left, and his wife, Polly, right.

Dr. Ruszkiewicz Wins Award Edward Ruszkiewicz, MD (IM’74, GE’77), has received the Benedictine High School Distinguished Alumnus Award, which is given to graduates who have achieved the highest esteem of their peers, made advancements in their profession, and enriched their community, society and the world through their work. Dr. Ruszkiewicz, a gastroenterologist, spent 29 years practicing in the Toledo, Ohio, area. A pioneer in many areas of his profession, Dr. Ruszkiewicz became head of gastroenterology at St. Vincent Mercy Hospital and St. Luke Hospital in Maumee, Ohio. He taught at the University of Toledo School of Medicine and the Toledo School of Osteopathy. He often appeared on television to discuss health topics.

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Turnbull School Now 50 Cleveland Clinic’s R.B. Turnbull Jr. School of Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing has turned 50 years old. The idea for the school began in 1958 when Rupert B. Turnbull, MD (S’49), a Cleveland Clinic colorectal surgeon, sought to improve his patients’ quality of life. With the help of a former patient, Norma Gill, enterostomal therapy was created. Cleveland Clinic opened the training school in 1961. An eight-week program is available for registered nurses who have a bachelor’s degree and wish to become board certified in enterostomal therapy. They become specialists is treating those with such conditions as ostomies, fistulas, pressure ulcers and incontinence. Both Dr. Turnbull and Ms. Gill developed improved ideas for postsurgery devices with the help of their colleagues in the manufacturing world. Numerous innovations arose as a result, including disposable, lightweight pouches, accommodating clothing designs, and more. Cleveland Clinic’s model in this field is still today’s worldwide standard.

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Many individuals who are unable to make major gifts during their lifetimes choose to do so through their estates. By sharing your plans now with Cleveland Clinic, you allow us to discuss your vision and motivation for the gift, which will help to ensure that Cleveland Clinic uses the gift as you intended. More than that, it allows us to recognize and thank you for your gift now, and share in the excitement of the difference it will make. “I am gratified when I can personally thank and recognize our friends and supporters, and assure them that their gifts will be used to fulfill their philanthropic goals,” says Nelson J. Wittenmyer, Esq., Vice Chairman of Institutional Relations and Development. “It’s my great pleasure to show them how their legacy will be created and live on in the way that they imagined.” One of several options may be chosen to convey estate planning information to Cleveland Clinic. Many individuals send documents to Cleveland Clinic through their attorneys, and some even include a copy of their will or trust as confirmation of the gift designation. Alternatively, Cleveland Clinic has a simple one-page form that you can complete. We will keep the information on file as a record of the intended use of the gift. Notifying Cleveland Clinic of a future estate gift also allows us to plan for the future. It is estimated that charities are aware of less than 30 percent of the gifts that they receive through estates. Awareness of future philanthropic dollars gives us an added advantage in setting long-term goals. When charitable wishes are made known, the gift can be recognized, you and your family can be honored, and the gift is more likely to be used as it was intended. For information about bequests, please call 216.444.1245 or visit

Drury Wellness Program Drury University in Springfield, Mo., has established a wellness program designed to help both students and the local community. It will allow freshmen to earn a certificate in wellness using course work developed jointly with Cleveland Clinic. After completion, the certificate will be recognized by Cleveland Clinic and also count for seven credit hours toward a Drury undergraduate education. “We have been talking to organizations like Drury for years about the business benefits of creating a healthy workforce,” says Cleveland Clinic spokesperson Tom Gubanc. “This is a strategic and competitive move for organizations and for the United States. as a whole. We are excited to work with Drury to provide students with wellness education created in collaboration with our health system.”

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Fully equipped, expanded “SimCenter” has real-life operating room where simulated procedures can be videotaped and analyzed.

Practice Makes Perfect at Unique Simulation Center Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Multidisciplinary Simulation (SimCenter) has been expanded to enhance the clinical learning experience of healthcare professionals through its leading-edge task simulators. These improvements position Cleveland Clinic at the forefront of simulation training, says Medical Director Eric Jelovsek, MD, who also maintains his practice as a pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery specialist. Located in the Stanley Shalom Zielony Institute on Cleveland Clinic’s main campus (at the corner of Euclid and E. 90th Street), the center recently completed a 10,000-square-foot expansion that includes: • New simulation technology, including a patient simulator that responds to drugs • Fully functional operating room equipped with oxygen and gasses • A difficult airway center • Four additional intensive care unit beds • Staffing to help build and create scenarios • Debrief rooms • Audio/video recording capability for performance evaluation in debrief rooms or via the Intranet The facility officially opened on May 3. With the SimCenter’s wide range of capabilities, physicians,

nurses, residents, fellows and allied healthcare providers can engage in team-based interventions to learn specific clinical skills or practice new technical skills, such as laparoscopy, through the use of simulators. Between 300 and 400 people per month use the SimCenter. Among the most frequent users are practitioners in pediatrics, anesthesiology, nursing, intensive care medicine, surgery, cardiology, urology and obstetrics/gynecology. Just how realistic can it get at the SimCenter? “It really depends on the scenario,” says Dr. Jelovsek. “Some simulators can replicate specific surgical procedures. Our neonatal simulator will cry and its lips turn blue. Some simulators will seize or froth at the mouth. In some cases you can feel a pulse, or hear a breath. One even responds to administered drugs.” Teams of caregivers can stage scenarios to help strengthen how they communicate and work together in critical situations. And they can address patient safety and quality issues in central line placement, with a goal of reducing central line-associated bloodstream infection. Dr. Jelovsek is proud that there is now a formal infrastructure and a dedicated staff to operate the SimCenter. Staff includes a medical director, an administrator, three technicians, a master’s-level educator for curriculum development, and a steering committee of physicians and nurses to help guide the center forward.

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Author’s Corner: Heart 411: The Only Heart Guide You Will Ever Need

Heart 411 is available through Barnes & Noble and at for a list price of $19.99.

During their 15 months of collaboration, Cleveland Clinic physicians Steven E. Nissen, MD, and A. Marc Gillinov, A. Marc Gillinov, MD Steven E. Nissen, MD MD, spent a lot of time together. Dr. Nissen is Chairman of the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine. Dr. Gillinov is a staff cardiac surgeon at the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute.

No Storm Lasts Forever

The result is a book, released in February, which shot up into the Top 100 books of any kind within, the multinational electronic commerce company. “We were given a page count by the publisher, but ran over it by quite a bit,” says Dr. Nissen. “But the publisher told us he didn’t know where to cut. So, the result is a little bit bigger book than we intended.” The doctors write about stress, diet, exercise, the use (or misuse) of stents, and much more. Reviewers rave, using words like “fun,” “engaging,” “empowering,” “rare,” “vital to health,” and “a must read” to describe their reactions. Dr. Nissen says that he and Dr. Gillinov tried to be plainspoken, straightforward and even a little edgy as they made their points. For example, the doctors are brutally honest about diets and dietary supplements. The doctors say their book is on solid ground scientifically. “It’s evidence-based, unlike so much material that’s out there now,” Dr. Nissen says. He feels the biggest challenge in writing the book – his first – was to eliminate jargon and write for an audience that might read USA Today. “Whenever either of us got a little too carried away, the other would steer him back on course,” he says. To Dr. Nissen, the value of his literary labor is this: “Dr. Gillinov and I both see patients at the extremes of illness. Oftentimes, doctors can only seek to change outcomes one patient at a time. Through a book like this, however, we can reach tens of thousands. As doctors, we think that’s part of our mission.”

As a cardiologist, Terry A. Gordon, DO (CARD ’87) dealt with life-and-death circumstances on a daily basis. He learned that life is precious and tenuous; it can change in an instant. Such a dramatic shift occurred when his son, Tyler, was involved in a car accident, sustaining a severe spinal-cord injury that left him paralyzed. The experience led him to write No Storm Lasts Forever. Dr. Gordon’s journey resulted in a spiritual awakening to a clearer understanding of life and the truths it has to offer.

Terry A. Gordon, DO

Dr. Gordon has learned that our experiences become calamities only if we consciously choose to make tragedies out of them. Rather than lamenting the so-called adversities, we can embrace them. These gifts provide fertile soil for growth and enlightenment, offering us the opportunity to transform turmoil, disappointment, and suffering into understanding, insight and resolve.

Two Candles Angela S. Spencer, MD (FN ’04) has published her first book on poetry. Two Candles is a collection of poems reflecting a deep belief in the goodness of humankind. An occasional disappointment does not change this philosophy as one day’s hurt often is followed by triumph. Survival is a learned skill to get over the ebb before one can enjoy the tide once more. Find it through http://www. Dr. Spencer is a neurologist in Florida who grew up in Hungary, but has lived most of her adult life in the United States. Dr. Spencer completed her residency and fellowship training in Cerebrovascular Diseases at Cleveland Clinic Florida and specializes in many areas of neurology, including multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, headaches and various neuropathies. Dr. Spencer has written poetry most of her life and has always enjoyed the beauty of this art form.

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Just Enough Physiology James Munis, MD, PhD (FSANES ’95) has written a textbook, available through Oxford University Press/Mayo Scientific Press. The book is written for a general audience as well as for medical and scientific purposes. It takes a rather unorthodox approach to medical education, highlighting both extreme environmental and comparative physiology as well as the history, personalities, and stories of discovery associated with them. It also includes brain teasers at each chapter’s end, with the intention of teaching the same kind of critical and logical thinking that serves physiology, but on a more animated and fun level. Available through

Harmony of the Spheres – Career, Family, and Community: A Working Mom’s Lessons of Love, Strength, and Balance Farzanna Haffizulla, MD (FIM ’03) sets out to prove that women can be real supermoms when they take a different approach to career, family, and community life and helps working moms with topics such as: Establishing a personal work-life balance plan through a series of self reflections; Rev up your career by drawing on your strengths as a parent; Dealing with the stress of workplace discrimination and negotiating flexible work arrangements with your employer. The book sells for $9.99 and is available through her website: Dr. Haffizulla trained at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, Fla., and is board certified in Internal Medicine. She has a special interest in diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, weight loss and women’s health.

Tales from the Heart Series Featured in Online Publication In November, The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland, ran an exclusive eight-day series of articles that followed patients and caregivers in Cleveland Clinic’s Heart & Vascular Institute. If you missed “Tales from the Heart: Inside the Cleveland Clinic Heart Center,” the series is now available in an easy-to-read digital publication at talesfromtheheart. This interactive format also makes it easy to print, download or share the publication with your friends, family or colleagues. Alumni Library reminder The Alumni Library has identified books written by Cleveland Clinic physicians/alumni with a Cleveland Clinic logo. Come take a look. The Alumni library keeps anything published by a Cleveland Clinic author.

Lilian Gonsalves. MD, invites the Class of 2012 to join the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Association

Capstone Rotation Features Research Day Activities Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine conducted its first Capstone Rotation, a required rotation for all 33 graduating students in the Class of 2012. The rotation began on March 12th and ran for two weeks. Students participated in seminars and workshops focusing on emotional intelligence, humanities in medicine (including a day at the Cleveland Museum of Art), the history of Cleveland Clinic and how critical events shaped the structure and mission of the institution. They also studied potential ethical dilemmas, and received advice from residency directors and Lerner College of Medicine graduates about how to succeed as an intern, relationship survival skills and practiced skill building in the new Cleveland Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center. Research Day featured poster and oral presentations by all 33 students, followed by a luncheon and a welcome to Cleveland Clinic Alumni Association hosted by Dr. Lilian Gonsalves, MD, (P’81), Past President of the Alumni Association. Dr. Gonsalves welcomed the students to the association and explained its purpose and goals. She encouraged the students to become active in the association in order to stay connected with each other and to develop new colleagues through the extensive network of distinguished graduates of Cleveland Clinic.

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Campus Clips Wilma F. Bergfeld, MD (GL1 ’65, D ’68), whose career includes more than 40 years at Cleveland Clinic, has been honored with the American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD) Master Dermatologist Award. The award was presented at the AAD’s 70th annual meeting in San Diego, Calif. It Wilma F. Bergfeld, MD recognizes an AAD member who has made significant contributions to the field. Dr. Bergfeld was nominated by her colleagues for her unparalleled career as a dermatologist and as a leader in her specialty. C. William Hanke, MD, (D’78, DS’79), has been awarded the American Academy of Dermatology’s Gold Medal, the organization’s highest honor, for outstanding service to his field and his commitment to the future of teaching and practice of medicine. Dr. Hanke is the Medical Director for the Laser and C. William Hanke, Skin Surgery Center of Indiana and the MD Vice Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind. He served a dermatology residency and surgery fellowship at Cleveland Clinic. Richard Ransohoff, MD (N ’84), Director of the Center for Neuroinflammation Research and a founding member of the Mellen Center staff, has been selected as this year’s John J. Dystel Prize for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Research. The prize is given in recognition of outstanding achievements in MS and is made possible through a special contribution from the Dystel Research Fund at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Dr. Ransohoff is being recognized for his contributions in understanding the immune pathogenesis of MS. The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) has honored Susan Rehm, MD, (IM’81, ID’83), with the John P. Utz Leadership Award, given to individuals who have worked tirelessly in a leadership capacity on behalf of NFID. Dr. Rehm was a member of the NFID Board of Directors from 19882004 and President from 2001-2004. Susan Rehm, MD Since 2004, she has been the face of NFID while serving as its Medical Director, appearing as a spokesperson for the organization. Cleveland Clinic orthopaedic surgeons Richard Parker, MD, and Jack Andrish, MD (GL1 ‘70, S ’71, ORS ’76), were on the team that received the 2012 Kappa Delta Ann Doner Vaughan Award from the American Academy

of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). The Kappa Delta Awards have been presented by AAOS since 1950 to persons who have performed research in orthopaedic surgery that is of high significance and impact. Hubert Fernandez, MD, Center for Neurological Restoration, has been elected Co-chair of the Parkinson Study Group (PSG). The PSG is the most highly respected collaborative research network for Parkinson disease in North America. The group was formed in 1986, prompted by the recognition that clinical research in Parkinson disease requires the participation of large numbers of research patients under the cooperative care of skilled and experienced research physicians. Most NIH and corporate clinical trials are run through the PSG. Dr. Fernandez has been a member of Cleveland Clinic staff since 2010. Joseph Iannotti, MD, Chairman of the Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute, and Wael Barsoum, MD (ORS ’00), orthopaedic surgeon, received the 2011 Sones Innovation Award. It was established to recognize achievements that reflect the spirit of Mason Sones, MD, a Cleveland Clinic pioneer whose discoveries launched the modern era of cardiovascular care. Drs. Iannotti and Barsoum have developed software and virtual bone modeling techniques to improve surgical accuracy and a decreased risk of implant failure. Selva Baltan, MD, PhD, Neurosciences, received a four-year $1.2 million R01 from the National Institutes of Health and National Institute on Aging to study “vulnerability aging white matter to ischemia.” Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States with an enormous cost to national health resources. This proposal is critically designed to include and explore axon injury (white matter) during stroke, considering age as the main risk factor. The study will suggest age-specific therapeutic approaches for stroke victims. Michael Knight (Lerner College Class of 2012) has been named a recipient of the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation’s 2012 Leadership Award. This award provides medical students, residents/fellows and early career physicians from around the country with special training to develop their skills as future leaders in organized medicine and community affairs. The AMA Foundation honored 30 individuals with Leadership Awards at its annual Excellence in Medicine Awards ceremony, presented in association with Pfizer Inc., earlier this year. Recipients are recognized for demonstrating outstanding nonclinical leadership skills in advocacy, community service and education. AMA Foundation President Dr. Owen Garrick presided Michael Knight

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over the awards ceremony and praised the Leadership Award recipients. He said, “These dedicated medical students, residents and physicians are deeply committed to transforming their communities and improving the health of their neighbors.” Mr. Knight is pursuing residency training in internal medicine. As an aspiring academician and future clinician, he hopes to encourage data-driven results, not only to treat chronic diseases, but also to advance communitybased participatory research and eliminate racial and ethnic healthcare disparities. As President of the Student National Medical Association, he also has led national efforts focused on increasing the pipeline of underrepresented minority physicians, increasing cultural competency in medical education and increasing HIV/AIDS awareness in minority communities through the Greater Than AIDS initiative. Cleveland Clinic’s Financial Health is Strong In 2011, Cleveland Clinic saw a record number of outpatient visits, improved patient care through clinical and research achievements, opened new outpatient health and surgery centers, and enhanced the system’s financial health, according to Cleveland Clinic CEO and President Delos M. Cosgrove, MD. During his annual “State of the Clinic” address, Dr. Cosgrove reported that the health system’s total revenue in 2011 increased 5 percent from 2010, reaching $6.18 billion. Operating income rose 22 percent to $305 million, and investments were up 10 percent, reaching $4.3 billion. Dr. Cosgrove says the challenge now is to maintain a strong fiscal presence in the face of decreasing reimbursements, a national trend toward declining inpatient stays, a shrinking local population and growing pressure to cut healthcare costs. In the community, Cleveland Clinic’s services in East Cleveland transitioned from Huron Hospital to the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center, while new family health centers opened in Twinsburg and Avon. Medical Device Solutions Featured in Crain’s Cleveland Business Cleveland Clinic’s Medical Device Solutions unit was prominently featured on the front page of the Jan. 10 issue of Crain’s Cleveland Business. The magazine described the unit’s full machine shop and other manufacturing-related rooms housed in the basement on main campus. The unit, directed by Karl West, employs 32 machinists, fabricators, engineers and researchers who repair and revise surgical tools and turn ideas into new medical devices.

Lerner Students to Participate in Peru Health Outreach Project In June, as part of the Peru Health Outreach Project (PHOP – formerly the Lamay Clinic Project), students from Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM) and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine will travel to the Sacred Valley Region in the Andes mountain range in Peru to work with physicians from Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals, as well as local Peruvian physicians. They participate in a month of clinics, education sessions and a healthcare symposium with Peruvian healthcare professionals. The PHOP ( is a grassroots organization founded by Lerner College of Medicine students Anna Brady (CCLCM’10), Jacqueline Chu (CCLCM’11), Alida Gertz (CCLCM’10), Satoko Kanahara (CCLCM’11), and Rachel Roth (CCLCM’11). It has continued as a student-led organization. The project is committed to empowering and improving the health of the underserved people of the Sacred Valley. For PHOP to continue, it needs financial support. Most of the proceeds for the trip are raised by the annual PHOP gala “A Taste of Peru,” which took place in March. To make an online donation, go to: http://lamayclinic. org/donate.php. The traveling membership has been established for 2012, if you would like to be involved, please go to:

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Campus Clips, continued Collaboration Brings CME Credit to BMJ Articles Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth, and University Hospitals Collaborative Receives $2.5 Million For Heart Failure Research A Cleveland research consortium is the recipient of a seven-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health as part of the National Heart Failure Clinical Research Network. The consortium is led by Drs. W.H. Wilson Tang (Card’03, C/HFT’04) and Randall C. Starling of Cleveland Clinic’s Kaufman Center for Heart Failure, in collaboration with Dr. Mark E. Dunlap of MetroHealth’s Heart & Vascular Center and Dr. James C. Fang of University Hospitals Harrington-McLaughlin Heart and Vascular Institute.

Cleveland Clinic Enters New Innovation Alliance Cleveland Clinic and the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System have entered into an agreement to create an “Innovation Alliance” that will benefit patients through collaborative innovation and commercialization opportunities. Specifically, they will seek to enhance the discovery, development, deployment and commercialization of new technologies originating in North Shore-LIJ’s clinical facilities and its Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, headquartered in Manhasset, N.Y. North Shore-LIJ is the second institution in the country to join Cleveland Clinic’s Innovation Alliance program, the first being MedStar Health, the mid-Atlantic’s largest healthcare system. Cleveland Clinic Innovations will provide extensive support to the Feinstein Institute to help move medical technologies from bench to bedside. Photos, Illustrations Now at Your Fingertips The Education Institute’s Center for Medical Art & Photography has launched an image bank where you can find nearly 2,000 high-resolution photos and illustrations. Go to: The images are in categories, such as campuses, medical professionals and medical specialties. All the images are the property of Cleveland Clinic. They may be used for Cleveland Clinicrelated purposes. You can access the image bank from the Center for Medical Art & Photography Intranet site. No login or password is needed. Go to:

The Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education and the BMJ Group are collaborating to provide CME certification for selected educational content from the BMJ every week. An online module, comprising multiple choice questions based on BMJ research articles, is hosted on the BMJ learning site. Once a user has successfully completed a module, he or she can print out a CME certificate on the Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education site. CME-certified content is open to all readers of the BMJ. For more information, visit Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education and the British Journal of Ophthalmology (BJO) are collaborating to offer continuing medical education (CME) credit for a featured article every month. These articles are offered to all subscribers of BJO. Visit to learn more. The British Journal of Ophthalmology (BJO) is an international, peer-reviewed journal for ophthalmologists and visual science specialists. BJO publishes clinical investigations, clinical observations, and clinically relevant laboratory investigations related to ophthalmology and provides major reviews, as well as published manuscripts covering regional issues in a global context. WPSA’s Women in Healthcare Forum will be held on Friday, Sept. 28, at the Intercontinental Hotel. This daylong forum has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Visit for more information.


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APPOINTMENTS Manaf Afyouni has been named Chief Operating Officer at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD). He replaces Mark McPhee, MD, who is returning to the United States to pursue new opportunities. Afyouni joined CCAD in June 2011 as Chief Integration and Community Affairs Officer. Since then, he has led integration planning with Sheikh Khalifa Medical City and collaborative work with Health Authority – Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Health Services Co. Giovanni Piedimonte, MD, FCCP, has been named Chair of Cleveland Clinic’s Pediatric Institute & Children’s Hospital. Dr. Piedimonte, an international leader in pediatric pulmonology formerly was Chairman of Pediatrics at the West Virginia University (WVU) School of Medicine. Brian Harte, MD, FACP, has been appointed President of South Pointe Hospital. Dr. Harte has served as the Chief Operating Officer at Hillcrest Hospital since late 2010 and has been on the hospital’s medical staff since 2006. He also has served as Medical Director for Cleveland Clinic Enterprise Business Brian Harte, MD Intelligence in the Division of Medical Operations since 2009 and will continue in that role. After joining Cleveland Clinic in 2004, Dr. Harte served three years as Chairman of the Department of Hospital Medicine, and also was Interim Chairman for the Medicine Institute. He has an academic appointment in the Department of Medicine for Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Dr. Harte completed his residency and internship at University of CaliforniaSan Francisco School of Medicine. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine and received an undergraduate degree with honors in history from Yale University.

Joanne Zeroske has been appointed President of Marymount Hospital. Zeroske, a registered nurse, has 30 years’ experience with Cleveland Joanne Zeroske Clinic. She served as Euclid Hospital’s President for the past three years. Under her leadership, Euclid Hospital earned recognition as a top-performing hospital. Frederick Frost, MD, was appointed Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation by the Board of Governors. Dr. Frost joined the staff in 1997 and has served as Interim Chairman. He is an Associate Frederick Frost, Professor of Medicine MD in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and is widely published in the field of spinal cord injury. Elizabeth Salay, MD, is the new Associate Medical Director of the Brunswick Family Health Center in Brunswick, Ohio. Dr. Salay is a native of Copley, Ohio, who attended the University of Dayton (Ohio) as an undergraduate and the University of Cincinnati for medical school. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Vermont, returning to Ohio in 2000. She practiced medicine in the Akron, Ohio, area, until joining Cleveland Clinic in October 2008. David Gurd, MD (ORS ’05), has been named head of the Pediatric Spinal Deformity Surgery Program in the Center for Pediatric Orthopaedics. The position is part of the leadership team for the center, which provides comprehensive care for orthopaedic problems affecting children and young adults, including traumatic injuries and developmental conditions in the bones, joints and muscles. Dr. Gurd,

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who joined Cleveland Clinic in 2006, specializes in the treatment of scoliosis. Rochelle Rosian, MD (RH ’96), has been appointed Director of Regional Rheumatology. In her new role, she will meet with all of the rheumatologists who practice in the region, function as the regional liaison for rheumatology, communicate Rochelle Rosian, with family health MD center medical directors, participate in Orthopaedic & Rheumatology Institute regional planning, participate in rheumatology staff and Leadership Council meetings, and coordinate call and scheduling coverage issues. Dr. Rosian also is a current Copresident of Cleveland Clinic’s Women’s Professional Staff Association. Pelin Batur, MD (IM’01,GIM/WH’03), Community Internal Medicine, has been appointed Education Director for Primary Care Women’s Health. Amy Polster, MD, is the new Associate Medical Director for the Chagrin Falls Family Health Center. Dr. Polster is a board-certified dermatologist. Matthew F. McManus, MD, PhD (ACLPTH’08), has been named President and CEO of PrimeraDx, a molecular diagnostics company, and he also has been appointed to the company’s board of directors. “With Matthew’s recent experience running one of the country’s major reference laboratories at Cleveland Clinic and his training as a physician-scientist, he brings a unique combination of customer perspective, leadership skills, operational expertise and scientific understanding to the company,” says Interim CEO Vincent Miles. At Cleveland Clinic, Dr. McManus expanded the reference laboratory and secured funding for the construction of a major new lab facility.


50s Joyce R. Sumner, MD (AN ’53, AN’56). “It is good to see the Cleveland Alumni Association spring into action with plans to bond us again to our beloved institution. The time spent learning there was most exciting and memorable!” Dr. Summer, who retired in 1986, was married to fellow alumnus Marion “Rod” M. Sumner, MD (S053, IM ’56), who died in November 2006. The couple raised three children, William, Steven and Ann Marin, in Hutchinson, Kan. 70s Yoshinori Mitamura, PhD (RES’76), says, “How nice it is to receive a birthday card four decades after I studied at Cleveland Clinic. Thank you for your kindness. I am now 68 years old and working for Tokai University. I am glad to find that Cleveland Clinic has a good reputation for its excellent health care (according to the Best Hospitals list), and I am very proud of having studied there.” He is at Tokai University, Sapporo, Japan, and can be reached at 90s Yann-Jinn Lee, MD (PDE’90), writes: “How glad I am to receive birthday greetings from you and the Alumni Relations Office. It is wonderful to know that Cleveland Clinic is always making wonderful progress. Thank you so much.” – Lee can be reached at Departments of Pediatrics and Medical

Research, Mackay Memorial Hospital, New Taipei City, Taiwan. Email: Dennis H. Kraus, MD (OTO ’90), has joined the Lenox Hill Hospital as the Director of the Center of Head and Neck Oncology at the New York Head and Neck Institute of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. The New York Head and Neck Institute offers diagnosis, treatment and research expertise in the full spectrum of head and neck medical and surgical conditions afflicting both adults and children. Richard G. Barr, MD, PHD (DR ’90), has been inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Radiology (ACR). This is one of the highest honors the ACR can bestow and recognizes the individual’s history of service to the college, organized radiology, teaching or research. The induction took place during the 2012 89th ACR Annual Meeting and Chapter Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. Dr. Barr is president of Radiology Consultants Inc., a staff radiologist at Northside Medical Center and Southwoods X-ray and Open MRI, and a professor of radiology at Northeastern Ohio Medical University. Approximately 10 percent of ACR members achieve this distinction. P.aul E. Sijens, PhD (RES’91), writes from The Netherlands, “I always appreciate the emails and Alumni newsletter from Cleveland Clinic and recently, also, the very nice birthday card.” Neal E. Krupp, MD (IM ’57, FSP ’95). “I was an alumnus of the Department of Psychiatry at the

Mayo Clinic, where my wife was in training to become a nurse anesthetist. At Mayo, I headed the Residency Training Program. I was recruited to Cleveland Clinic, where I was Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology until retiring at age 65. Both my wife and I practiced our specialties in Florida, allowing our age to reduce the work week. She served at Cleveland Clinic Naples until it was sold to a corporation, for whom she has worked subsequently. I have practiced at a community mental health center. Both of us are considering re-retirement later this year, when she will reach age 74 and I, 81. We enjoyed our time in Cleveland. During the 37 years of our marriage, we have shared 12 children and accumulated (by various phenomena) 18 grandchildren.” 00s Joseph A. Bauer, PhD (RES/I ’00). founder and Chief Scientific Officer for Bnoat Oncology Inc. in Akron, Ohio, recently was awarded the 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award by his alma mater, Walsh University, in North Canton, Ohio. Allen Jeremias, MD (IM ’02), has been named one of 10 national fellows with the inaugural Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) Emerging Leader Mentorship (ELM) Program. Dr. Jeremias is Associate Professor of Medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine and Director of Vascular Medicine and Peripheral Intervention for the Stony Brook University Heart

Husband and Wife on Same Team as Colorectal Surgeons Brooklyn-born Marc Sher, MD, (FCRS’96), and Brazilian-born Cristina Sardinha, MD, (FCRS’98), of Progressive Surgical Care in New Hyde Park, N.Y., are partners in marriage as well as in profession. Something of a rarity in the field, both are colorectal surgeons. They met in training at Cleveland Clinic Florida and now do 99 percent of their surgeries at Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center in New York. Here’s their story, as abridged from the New Standard, LIJ’s employee newsletter: The doctors met at Cleveland Clinic Weston in 1995 when she was doing her research fellowship and he a clinical fellowship in colorectal surgery. They married in 1997 and practiced separately for a time before she joined her husband’s practice in 2004. The key to their happiness and success, they say, is mutual respect. For instance, neither tries to trump the other on whose work day was more stressful. If a case requires Dr. Sher to go out at night, Dr. Sardinha is awake when he comes home and asks how everything went. He’s equally understanding about her time and efforts. Often, the doctors operate together to treat conditions ranging from simple hemorrhoids to diverticulitis and colon cancer. They also are experts in laparoscopy and the treatment of complex fistula. The doctors have one son, Lucas, who also wants to be a doctor – “an eye doctor,” his father notes.

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Have an interesting personal story in medicine to share with the readers of Alumni Connection? Send it to Lois Sumegi, Director of Alumni Relations and Development, at Center. The mission of the SCAI ELM program, in partnership with the American College of Cardiology and the Cardiovascular Research Foundation, is to help physicians become the next generation of leaders in the field of interventional cardiology. The fellows are paired with accomplished mentors who provide highly individualized resources, including dedicated training three times yearly at major scientific conferences over the next two years. Dr. Jeremias, also Director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and Cardiac Acute Care Unit at Stony Brook University Medical Center, is the only New York physician selected for this prestigious national honor. IN MEMORIAM Joseph A. D’Amico, MD (P’83, AN’92), 61, of Broadview Heights, Ohio, died Oct. 6, 2011, following a battle with cancer. Dr. D’Amico was born in Pietransieri, Italy. Immigrating to the United States in the late 1950s, he attended Cleveland South High School and graduated in 1967. He attended Cleveland State University, where he earned a master’s degree in biology; and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where he earned his medical degree in 1982. For many years, Dr. D’Amico practiced internal medicine in Independence, Ohio, and also was a member of the medical staff at Parma Community General Hospital, where he was a practicing anesthesiologist. Dr. D’Amico is survived by his wife, Terri, and three children. Memorial contributions may be forwarded to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 East 185th St., Cleveland, Ohio 44119, or to the City Mission, 5310 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, 44103. Mohammed A. Amiri, MD (IM ’63, H/O ’65, IM ’66), 80, of Lorain, Ohio, died on Feb. 4, from complications following a heart attack. Dr. Amiri was born in Isfahan, Iran, in 1932. He left Iran after high school to attend the University of Geneva, Switzerland, where he graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees and earned his medical degree in 1957. Dr.

Amiri moved to the United States after accepting a medical internship at Uniontown Hospital in Uniontown, Pa., where he met and married his wife of 52 years, Carrie B. Amiri. Dr. Amiri was accepted to the residency program in Internal Medicine and Hematology at Cleveland Clinic, where he trained for six years. In 1966, he moved to Lorain, Ohio, to begin private practice in internal medicine. He was affiliated with St. Joseph’s Hospital and Lorain Community Hospital (Mercy). In addition to his private practice, Dr. Amiri served as the Lorain City Health Commissioner for 10 years. He became a U.S. citizen while living in Lorain. He retired from

ophthalmic physician and surgeon. Dr. Caravona was born in Cleveland and grew up in the St. Rocco neighborhood. He graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1959, attended John Carroll University and received his medical degree from the Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University, in 1966. He completed his fellowship in ophthalmology at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Caravona had a solo practice in ophthalmology in Fairview Park from 1970 to 1998, when he joined the Fairview Eye Centers, from which he retired in 2000. He had been on the staff of Fairview and Lakewood Hospitals and, earlier in his career, the Old St. John’s and Lutheran

Joseph F. Lydon, Sr., MD (S ’51, 55, VS ’64), 88, of Rocky River, Ohio, died Sept. 18, 2011. He practiced medicine in Cleveland’s West Side for more than 30 years. Born in Scranton, Pa., he graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton in 1943 before serving in World War II from 1943 to 1945. He later graduated with honors and his medical degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, after which he interned at Philadelphia General Hospital from 1947 to 1948. This was followed by short terms in practice in Kentucky and Pennsylvania. He became a surgery fellow at Cleveland Clinic in 1950 and trained under George Crile Jr., MD, before again serving in the military for the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1954. He was a lieutenant in the 35th Infantry Regiment and earned the Bronze Star for meritorious service. In 1952, he established a hospital in Iran where he lived with his new wife, Kathleen Kelly, for a year-and-a-half. He later served a second residency at Philadelphia in 1955 and 1956 and then began a private practice in Lakewood, Ohio. He was a Clinical Associate of Cleveland Clinic’s Department of General Surgery from 1959 to 1964 and a Special Fellow in Vascular Surgery. He was preceded in death by his wife and is survived by his five children, 22 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Red Cloud Indian School, 100 Mission Dr., Pine Ridge, S.D., 57770.

practicing medicine in 2000. His life’s work and passion revolved around medicine, his patients and his family. The family of Dr. Amiri extends thanks to the nurses and physicians at New Life Hospice and to the physicians and staffs of Mercy Hospital and Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Amiri is survived by his wife, four children and five grandchildren. Danyal Bhyat, MD, 36, an anesthesiology resident, died April 26. He is remembered as a strong and brave man, full of life and enthusiasm. He cared for his patients with an energy and spirit that belied the fact that he was battling cancer. During Resident Appreciation Week (April 28-May 5), residents wore a yellow ribbon in remembrance of Dr. Bhyat. Ronald D. Caravona, MD (OPH ‘70), 70, died Feb. 29 in his home in Prospect, Ky. He was a dedicated

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Hospitals. Dr. Caravona is survived by his wife of 47 years, Trese Marie, a daughter, two sons and six grandchildren. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Cleveland Sight Center, 1909 E. 101 St., Cleveland 44106. Daniel F. Keller, MD (LMED’64), 78, of Oklahoma City, died on May 12 after an extended illness. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marilyn Fuller Keller, four children and five grandchildren. Dr. Keller graduated from the University of Oklahoma with magna cum laude honors. He earned his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., in 1958 and later served in the United States Army as a captain and physician. Following his service, Dr. Keller completed a fellowship with Cleveland Clinic in Pathology. After serving as Chief of Pathology and Director of Medical


Technology at Wesley (Presbyterian) Hospital, Dr. Keller joined Medical Arts Laboratory, which was founded by his father, Floyd, in 1923. He served there as a physician, partner, and CEO for 27 years before retiring in 1995. During his career, Dr. Keller served as President of the Oklahoma Association of Pathologists and often was sought out by physicians for his expertise. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Casady School Scholarship Fund of Nichols Hills United Methodist Church, or the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.

Francis “Frank” R. Boumphrey, MD (CFS’79, ORS’08), died March 4 at age 69. Dr. Boumphrey graduated from both the University of London and the University of Toronto. He joined Cleveland Clinic in 1979. Dr. Boumphrey founded and was the first director of the Spine Center, which earned international recognition during his tenure. He was known as “Boomer” on the Orthopaedic Surgery Department’s rugby team, the “Magnificent Seven.” He retired in 2008, after serving nearly 30 years on staff. Dr. Boumphrey was an early adopter of the Internet and multimedia in medical education and research. While at Cleveland Clinic, he helped set standards for the Web. He also was a computer programmer and an internationally recognized authority on markup languages and on using the Internet for communication. As well as numerous medical papers, he authored several books on XML, the Internet and related subjects. The doctor is survived by his wife, Rona, three sons, two daughters and five grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that those who are able to do so donate blood to the American Red Cross or register to become potential bone marrow donors through the National Marrow Donor Program.

Richard K. Cavanaugh, MD (CD ’68), 92, passed away April 6 at St. Edward’s Nursing Home in Akron, OH, from complications due to a stroke. The doctor was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. He attended St. Edward’s Elementary School and Rayen High School. Drafted into the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, he served as a meteorologist stationed on Ascension Island in Brazil. His plan was to become a journalist, but after graduating with his undergraduate degree from the University of San Francisco, he completed his medical degree at the University of St. Louis. His internship and residence in Internal Medicine was with St. Mary’s Hospital, San Francisco. He met his wife, Rachel Donnan, while practicing medicine there. After, he received a fellowship at Cleveland Clinic to study the heart. He practiced at Timken Mercy Hospital in Canton, Ohio, as well as in Leesburg, Va., and San Jose, Calif. He settled in Akron, Ohio, to be a physician for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., retiring in 1995. He is survived by three children and one granddaughter. Edward G. Kilroy, MD (TS’59), 85, passed away March 5. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Phyllis, two children and three grandchildren. Dr. Kilroy practiced thoracic surgery for many years in Greater Cleveland and was the Director of the Department of Health for the State of Ohio under Governor George Voinovich. Dr. Kilroy was one of the founders of the National Right to Life Society. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and Korea. Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Ignatius High School, 1911 W. 30th St. Cleveland, OH 44113. Philomena Luczek, MD (P ’66), 82, died April 26 at home after a recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Beloved wife of the late Stephen F. Luczek, MD, she is survived by her son and daughter. Dr. Luczek practiced psychiatry in Bedford, Ohio, for several decades. She grew up in an orphanage with three siblings during the Great Depression. She joined the U.S. Air Force and became a nurse in the early 1950s. After her brother moved to Leuven, Belgium, with his wife to attend medical school, she used the GI Bill to attend medical school herself. She met Stephen in Belgium, and they married in 1964. Dr. Luczek was a popular psychiatrist in Northeast Ohio. She retired with Stephen in 2000

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to their home next to Lake Luczek in Solon. Before she lost her sight, Dr. Luczek loved to read and visit tropical islands. Donations may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor. Stephen A Ockner, MD (FSIM’99), 82, was born in New Kensington, Pa., attended Pomona College and graduated in 1955 from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His internship was served at Philadelphia General Hospital and his residency in Internal Medicine was at the University of California, in San Francisco. Following his training in the U.S. Air Force, he was assigned to various bases in the United States and overseas. In 1975, he began his career at Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Internal Medicine, where he served as Chairman of the Department of General Internal Medicine, Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program and Chairman of the Geriatric Task Force. He retired from Cleveland Clinic in 1999. Dr. Ockner is survived by his wife of 56 years, Paula Seltzer Ockner, four children and seven grandchildren. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (, The Judson Foundation ( or The Musical Arts Association. Jung Min Lee, MD (OBSV ’64, PD ’66) of Russell, Ohio, died on April 25 in Seoul, South Korea, after a brief illness. Jung Min, known as “Minnie” to friends and colleagues, was born in Seoul and graduated from Yonsei University College of Medicine. She was one of only eight women in her class. In 1962, Jung Min immigrated to Cleveland, where she completed her internship at Trumbull Memorial Hospital and her residency in pediatrics at Cleveland Clinic. She then completed a fellowship in pediatric critical care at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital. She married Sang Yeol Lee in 1965 in Cleveland and together they raised four children. She practiced pediatrics for 37 years in Chardon, Ohio, at Geauga Community Hospital while also caring for Amish and Mennonite children in Middlefield, Ohio. Jung Min is survived by her husband, four children and grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to UH Geauga Medical Center for the Jung Min Lee Endowed Fund for Pediatric Care, 13207 Ravenna Rd., Chardon, Ohio, 44024.

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Cleveland Clinic, OU To Develop Med Campus in NE Ohio Cleveland Clinic and Ohio University and its Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) announced recently that they have signed an affiliation agreement to develop a Northeast Ohio regional extension campus of the medical school to be located on Cleveland Clinic’s South Pointe Hospital campus. Through this affiliation, the partners are addressing the shortage of primary care physicians in Ohio and investing a combined $49.1 million into Northeast Ohio. Ohio University’s commitment includes $36 million, which provides support for renovations to a building on the South Pointe Hospital campus and additional institutional commitments for faculty, staff and operations to provide medical education. Cleveland Clinic’s contribution of $13.1 million includes capital improvements and renovations to the building, staff and operational support, as well as medical education support. Cleveland Clinic is also committed to working to expand the number of AOAapproved or dual-accredited post graduate residency and fellowship positions. The investment also includes a $5 million grant to South Pointe Hospital from the Brentwood Foundation to support the new extension campus. In

addition, the Brentwood Foundation is committing $6 million to graduate medical education. The Athens-based medical school has a history of training physicians who stay in Ohio to practice, and this additional site is planned to increase the number of family medicine, pediatric and internal medicine physicians who will remain in Northeast Ohio to practice, particularly in underserved urban and rural areas. “Cleveland Clinic and the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine share a dedication to excellence in patient care, research and medical education,” says Delos M. Cosgrove, MD, Cleveland Clinic President and CEO. “This collaboration will help improve quality for patients, stimulate medical innovation and improve the economic health of our communities.” The first class of 32 medical students is scheduled to begin July 2015, assuming approvals by the college’s accreditation agency, the American Osteopathic Association Council on Osteopathic College Accreditation, and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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