April 11, 2024/News Releases

Cleveland Clinic Appoints Lisa Yerian, M.D., as Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical and Operational Improvement Officer

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Cleveland Clinic has named Lisa Yerian, M.D., as the new Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical and Operational Improvement Officer, effective April 15.

Portrait of Lisa Yerian, M.D.
Lisa Yerian, M.D.

“Over the last decade, Dr. Yerian’s team has engaged and led many initiatives that span our organization, including our integrated system of tiered daily huddles and an enterprise-wide improvement training program,” said Tom Mihaljevic, M.D., CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic and the holder of the Morton L. Mandel CEO Chair. “In her new role, she will lead more than 1,000 caregivers in building an improvement culture and driving strategic improvements in safety, quality, patient experience, continuous improvement, and patient access throughout Cleveland Clinic.”

Since July 2023, Dr. Yerian has served as the Interim Chief Clinical Transformation Officer.

In 2021, she launched Access Transformation to effectively connect patients with care across digital, virtual and traditional channels.

Dr. Yerian received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1996 and a medical degree from the University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine in 2000. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology and a fellowship in gastrointestinal and liver pathology at the University of Chicago. She has authored more than 150 manuscripts, articles and book chapters in the fields of pathology and improvement.

She joined the staff in Anatomic Pathology in 2004 and has held several pathology and health system leadership positions. She has served as Director of Hepatobiliary Pathology and Section Head of Surgical Pathology. Lisa holds a joint appointment in the Transplantation Center. She is a former member of the Board of Governors.

Dr. Yerian will report directly to Dr. Mihaljevic.

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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