Toby Cosgrove, MD, is president and chief executive officer of Cleveland Clinic. He presides over a $6 billion healthcare system that comprises Cleveland Clinic, 8 community hospitals, 16 family health centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada, Cleveland Clinic Toronto, and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. His leadership has emphasized patient care and patient experience, including the reorganization of clinical services into patient-centered, organ- and disease-based institutes. He has launched major wellness initiatives for patients, employees, and communities. Under his leadership, Cleveland Clinic has consistently been named among America’s top four hospitals (U.S. News & World Report) and one of only two hospitals named among America’s 99 Most Ethical Companies (Ethisphere Institute).
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.
Dr. Cosgrove joined Cleveland Clinic in 1975. He was named chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in 1989. Under his leadership, Cleveland Clinic’s heart program was ranked number one in America for 18 years in a row (U.S. News & World Report).
He has published nearly 450 journal articles and book chapters, 1 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 has addressed the World Economic Forum annual meeting at Davos, Switzerland, and the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee in Washington, DC. He is quoted and featured in national magazines and newspapers, including a cover story in Time, and major articles in Newsweek, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. He has appeared on CNN, Fox, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, The Charlie Rose Show on PBS, and other national media outlets.
The recipient of Cleveland Clinic’s Master Clinician Award, Innovator of the Year Award, and Lerner Humanitarian Award, Dr. Cosgrove is also a member of the Cleveland Medical Hall of Fame and the Cleveland Business Hall of Fame. In 2007 he was named Cleveland Business Executive of the Year by the Sales and Marketing Executives of Cleveland, and Castle Connolly’s National Physician of the Year. He also received the Woodrow Wilson Center Award for Public Service; Harvard Business School’s Award from HBS Alumni, Cleveland; and the Humanitarian Award of the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio. Dr. Cosgrove topped Inside Business’s “Power 100” listing for northeastern Ohio and is highly ranked among Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” and “Most Powerful Physician Executives.”