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Issue Date: April 2008

The Influentials: Dr. Delos “Toby” Cosgrove

CEO, Cleveland Clinic

This winter, Dr. Toby Cosgrove spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Bono, Prince Charles and Henry Kissinger, before flying to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates to break ground on the branch hospital the Cleveland Clinic is building there. All in an extraordinary few days’ work for Cosgrove, who is leading the Clinic’s global expansion. Here in Cleveland, the famous heart surgeon has been making news as well. The Clinic has a new policy to not hire smokers, and Cosgrove has ousted Pizza Hut and banned trans fat from the campus. Cosgrove’s past is equally impressive: He holds more patents than any other Clinic doctor in history for the medical products he developed, has performed more than 18,000 surgical procedures and was awarded a Bronze Star for his service as a surgeon in Vietnam.
Saturday, January 28, 2012 9:18:17 PM by Colonel David Antoon
I wish Toby Cosgrove would speak to his patients. I was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in Vietnam and then 40 years later permanently injured, along with many others, by a Cleveland Clinic Surgeon who was not even board certified. CMS cited this doctor for informed consent violations, patients rights violations, and "deficiencies cited are significant and limit your hospital's capacity to render adequate care and to ensure the health and safety of your patient[s]." Great marketing but with some devastating outcomes which deserve explanation from CEO Cosgrove.

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