Institute of Medicine elects Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove

Dr. Delos 'Toby' Cosgrove, chief executive of the Cleveland Clinic.  (Courtesy the Cleveland Clinic).
Dr. Delos 'Toby' Cosgrove, chief executive of the Cleveland Clinic. (Courtesy the Cleveland Clinic).

Cosgrove was named chief executive of the Clinic in 2004. Previously, he worked as a cardiac surgeon performing more than 22,000 surgeries and filed 30 patents for developing medical and clinical products used in in surgery.

In a printed statement, Cosgrove said becoming a member of the IOM is not only an honor but also "a tremendous responsibility.”

“The IOM has great influence on public policies and programs that can shape the health and lives of millions of people around the world," Cosgrove said.

Two other Clinic physicians have been elected to the IOM in previous years. That includes Dr. Charis Eng, chair and founding director of Cleveland Clinic's Genomic Medicine Institute; and George Stark, a researcher in the Clinic's Lerner Research Institute's department of molecular genetics.

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