Dr. Delos M. Cosgrove, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cleveland Clinic, will present Health Care Model for the 21st Century at 3 p.m. Friday, April 26 in the Natalie and Lansing B. Lee Jr. Auditorium on the Georgia Regents University Health Sciences Campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Cosgrove, who was appointed President and CEO of the $5 billion health care system in 2004, is credited with a $1.25 billion capital campaign and the construction of clinical facilities in Palm Beach, Fla., and the United Arab Emirates. Under his leadership, Cleveland Clinic has experienced improved clinical outcomes and increased patient satisfaction, and continues to be recognized among the top five hospitals in the country by U.S. News and World Report.
A cardiothoracic surgeon by trade, Cosgrove joined Cleveland Clinic in 1975 and was named Chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in 1989. He performed more than 22,000 operations, including the first minimally invasive mitral valve surgery, before retiring from practice in 2006. During his tenure as Chairman, Cleveland Clinic’s heart program was rated number one in the country for 10 consecutive years by U.S. News and World Report.
Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, Cosgrove was a surgeon in the United States Air Force and served as Chief of Air Force Casualty Staging Flight in Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam.
Cosgrove holds 30 patents for medical products and devices used in surgical settings. He is co-author of “Infant and Child Care in Heart Surgery” and has published nearly 450 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.
He is the recipient of Cleveland Clinic’s Master Clinician, Innovator of the Year and Lerner Humanitarian Awards. He is an inductee of the Cleveland Medical Hall of Fame and Cleveland Business Hall of Fame and was voted Cleveland Executive of the Year in 2007 by the city’s sales and marketing executives. That same year, he was named Castle Connolly’s National Physician of the Year.
Cosgrove received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville and completed his clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital and Brook General Hospital in London.