March 19, 2021/News Releases

Supporting our Asian and Asian American colleagues, patients and neighbors

A statement from Cleveland Clinic CEO and President Tom Mihaljevic, M.D.

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“Racism and violence are dangerous threats to public health. They cause unnecessary suffering and have no place in our world.

Cleveland Clinic condemns violence and incidents of hate against Asians and Asian Americans, especially during this pandemic. The horrific shootings in Atlanta this week have disturbed us all and these hurtful events have touched many of our patients, colleagues and neighbors.

Our mission is caring for life, researching for health and educating those who serve. Inclusion is our core value. Caring for the community has been our priority for 100 years.

We are stronger when we work together and support each other as a global community. As we help shape the future of healthcare, the world needs to be unified in advancing health for every person in need.

We will continue to give voice to those who experience unfair treatment and disparities.”

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic – now in its centennial year – is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 70,800 employees worldwide are more than 4,660 salaried physicians and researchers, and 18,500 registered nurses and advanced practice providers, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic is a 6,500-bed health system that includes a 173-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 19 hospitals, more than 220 outpatient facilities, and locations in southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2020, there were 8.7 million total outpatient visits, 273,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 217,000 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at Follow us at News and resources available at

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