From Croatia to Boston to Cleveland: One Question that Guides Cleveland Clinic’s New CEO

Cleveland Clinic president and CEO Tom Mihaljevic, M.D., on Linked In:


Tom Mihaljevic, M.D., president and CEO, Cleveland Clinic

Whenever I reflect on why I’ve made important decisions throughout my life, it boils down to a gut feeling and one simple question: “What is the right thing to do?”

Should I leave my native country? Should I move away from a well-regarded surgical position for the same job at the same pay in a smaller city? Should I switch career gears in my late 40s and leave the operating suite for the C-suite?

Each of these decisions required a serious gut check. What is the right thing to do?

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