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June 16, 2023/London

Cleveland Clinic London Promotes Professor Richard Cohen to Medical Director and Professor Charles Knowles to Chief Academic Officer

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LONDON: Cleveland Clinic London promotes Professor Richard Cohen to Medical Director and Professor Charles Knowles to Chief Academic Officer. Promotions follow the continued expansion of Cleveland Clinic London, as the organisation brings its doctor-led model of care – that is innovative, empathetic, and based on research and education – to more patients across the UK healthcare market.

Professor Richard Cohen, Medical Director



Appointed to the role of Medical Director at Cleveland Clinic London, Professor Richard Cohen is responsible for the smooth running of clinical services at the hospital. He is involved in continuous improvement, efficiency, and utilization of clinical services along with strategic growth. In addition, he plays a critical role in ensuring that the organization continues its legacy of providing a world-class patient care experience built around the best practices and core values of Cleveland Clinic. He assumed the position May of 2023, alongside his existing roles of Consultant Colorectal surgeon, Chief of Surgery and Chair of the Digestive Disease and Integrated Surgery Institutes.



Professor Cohen is a leading colorectal surgeon and known as a pioneer of introducing new surgical techniques to the United Kingdom. Prior to his leadership roles at Cleveland Clinic London, Professor Cohen held several Divisional Clinical Director roles at UCLH. He is Professor of Surgery at UCL and Clinical Professor of Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Lerner School of Medicine. Alongside this work, his areas of interest include the training, development, and education of junior surgeons as well as several ongoing research projects at UCL.

Professor Charles Knowles, Chief Academic Officer



Professor Charles Knowles assumed the role of Chief Academic Officer (CAO) on June 1, 2023, in addition to his existing roles as Cleveland Clinic London’s Lead for Colorectal Surgery and Clinical Director of Research. In his new role, Professor Knowles seeks to enhance and maximize the impact of the organization’s academic programs as well as research and education partnerships. He works collaboratively with colleagues across the global Cleveland Clinic footprint, contributing to the enterprise’s strategic development and growth across markets.



Professor Knowles is a recognized champion for academics, education and research and has a strong track record of delivering high-quality research and shaping clinical practice for the benefit of patients around the world. In addition to his roles at Cleveland Clinic London, Professor Knowles is Professor of Surgery at Queen Mary University of London and an honorary Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust and St Marks Hospital. He holds honorary chairs at University College of London and the University of Antwerp.

Cleveland Clinic London is the latest location in Cleveland Clinic’s expanding global footprint, which includes Cleveland Clinic London Hospital at 33 Grosvenor Place, the Portland Place Outpatient Centre in Harley Street medical area, and starting in late 2023, the Moorgate Outpatient Centre in the City of London. As one of the world’s top hospital systems, Cleveland Clinic provides patients around the world with an unparalleled care experience that is underpinned by a focus on clinical excellence, research, medical education, technology, and teamwork.

Cleveland Clinic London welcomes bookings from eligible members covered through all major domestic and international insurers, self-pay, and embassy-sponsored patients. A full list of Cleveland Clinic London services and specialities is available here on our website.

To book an appointment, patients can fill out the Request an Appointment form online or contact the Call Centre at +44 (0)20 3423 7500. Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. BST and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. BST. Patients located outside of the U.K. call +44 (0)20 3423 8000.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic 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 72,500 employees worldwide are more than 5,050 salaried physicians and researchers, and 17,800 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, 22 hospitals, more than 220 outpatient facilities, including locations in northeast Ohio; southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2021, there were 10.2 million total outpatient visits, 304,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 259,000 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at twitter.com/ClevelandClinic. News and resources available at newsroom.clevelandclinic.org.

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About Cleveland Clinic London

Cleveland Clinic London is the latest location in Cleveland Clinic’s expanding global footprint, allowing Cleveland Clinic to extend its model of care to more patients than ever. Cleveland Clinic London hospital opened on March 29, 2022. It has 184 inpatient beds, including 29 ICU beds; eight operating rooms; a full imaging suite; endoscopy and cardiac catheterization laboratories; day case rooms for surgery; and a full neurological suite with rehabilitation. In addition to comprehensive cardiovascular and thoracic services, it offers orthopedics, digestive diseases, urology, neurosciences, ear, nose and throat, general surgery, general practice, and executive health. Cleveland Clinic London consists of a hospital and an outpatient center. Cleveland Clinic Portland Place Outpatient Centre, a six-story, 28,000-square foot building at Portland Place, in the Harley Street Medical Area. Visit us at clevelandcliniclondon.uk/. Follow us at twitter.com/clecliniclondon. News and resources available at newsroom.clevelandclinic.org/tag/london.

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