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July 12, 2023/News Releases

Cleveland Clinic Announces Regional and Main Campus Leaders

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Cleveland Clinic has named a new main campus president as well as three physicians who will lead regional strategy in Ohio.

These roles are part of Cleveland Clinic’s initiative to evolve its operating model to better support its current footprint and plan for tomorrow’s growth. The operating model changes aim to better align services and enhance quality, safety and patient experience across all locations.

As part of this work, Cleveland Clinic has formed four submarkets in Ohio – the east, west, south and main campus – which will work with hospital and clinical leaders to meet the needs of our communities in these regions.

Leading these submarkets will be:

Scott Steele, M.D., MBA – President, Main Campus

Since 2016, Dr. Steele has served as the Chairman for the Department of Colorectal Surgery and holds the Rupert B. Turnbull, MD Endowed Chair in Colorectal Surgery. He will now serve as the president of the main campus in Ohio.

He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and served 25 years in the Army, including four combat deployments. He earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School. Dr. Steele completed his general surgical residency at Madigan Army Medical Center, in Tacoma, Washington and his Colon & Rectal Surgery Fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He is a Professor of Surgery through the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Prior to coming to Cleveland Clinic, he served as Vice Chairman for Clinical Affairs and Division Chief, Colon & Rectal Surgery at University Hospitals of Cleveland. Dr. Steele has authored more than 350 publications in peer reviewed journals. He has been on staff at Cleveland Clinic since 2016. He also received his MBA from Case Western University Weatherhead School of Business and Management in 2018.

Brian Harte, M.D. – President, South Submarket

Dr. Harte, who currently serves as President of Akron General, which he has led since 2016, will dual lead the South submarket and continue to serve as President of Akron General. He previously served as president of both Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest and South Pointe hospitals. Dr. Harte is a practicing hospitalist. He earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of California.

The South submarket includes Akron General, Lodi Hospital, Mercy Hospital, Medina Hospital, and Union Hospital, as well as many Family Health Centers and outpatient facilities.

Richard Parker, M.D. – President, East Submarket

Dr. Parker, who has served as President of Marymount Hospital from 2015-2017 and President of Hillcrest Hospital since 2017, will dual-lead the East submarket and continue to serve as President of Hillcrest and Mentor hospitals. Dr. Parker has dedicated his clinical practice to the field of sports medicine, sports-related injuries and knee surgery.

He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine, the Arthroscopic Association of North America and the International Society of Arthroscopic, Knee and Sports Medicine. Dr. Parker joined Cleveland Clinic in 1993, served as Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery from 2008 until 2015 and was the Head Team Physician for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2000-2018. He has more than 235 publications in peer-reviewed journals and is a Professor of Surgery in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Dr. Parker earned his medical degree from The Ohio State University and completed internship and orthopaedic residency training at the former Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland. He also completed a sports medicine fellowship at the Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital in Salt Lake City.

The East submarket includes Hillcrest, Mentor, South Pointe, Marymount and Euclid hospitals, as well as many family health centers and outpatient facilities.

Neil Smith, D.O. – President, West Submarket

Dr. Smith who currently serves as the President of Fairview Hospital, which he has led since 2013 will dual lead the West submarket and Fairview Hospital. Previously, Dr. Smith was Vice President of Medical Operations at Fairview Hospital. He’s also held roles as the Chief of Staff and Assistant Chief of Staff at Fairview Hospital. Dr. Smith maintains an active private practice in internal medicine. Dr. Smith graduated from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio. He completed a residency in at Mt Sinai Medical Center.

The West submarket includes Fairview Hospital, Avon Hospital and Lutheran Hospital, as well as many Family Health Centers and outpatient facilities.

“These leaders will play an important role as we shape healthcare for the future,” said Tom Mihaljevic, M.D., CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic. “Our goal is to deliver consistent care everywhere that we serve patients, and we are always pursuing better ways to serve others while staying true to our mission.”

Drs. Steele, Harte, Parker and Smith will report to Donald Malone, MD, Executive Vice President for the Northeast Ohio Market.

“These physicians are all experienced, proven leaders who care deeply about their communities,” said Dr. Malone. “The formation of these submarkets will allow them to oversee more strategic coordination of care and services to better serve patients in these regions.”

Most of the hospital president roles will transition to the new Vice President and Chief Medical Officer role and continue to be responsible for running their individual hospitals.

These roles will be effective on August 1st.

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. Cleveland Clinic is consistently recognized in the U.S. and throughout the world for its expertise and care. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 81,000 employees worldwide are more than 5,743 salaried physicians and researchers, and 20,160 registered nurses and advanced practice providers, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic is a 6,690-bed health system that includes a 173-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 23 hospitals, 276 outpatient facilities, including locations in northeast Ohio; Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2023, there were 13.7 million outpatient encounters, 323,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 301,000 surgeries and procedures throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 132 countries. Visit us at clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at twitter.com/CleClinicNews. News and resources available at newsroom.clevelandclinic.org.

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