Ian Adler Memorial Healthcare Innovator Award

The Ian Adler Memorial Healthcare Innovator Award gives our attendees, hosts and sponsors an opportunity to recognize outstanding operating executives who, as health industry change agents and Chief Executive Officers, have made a dramatic impact on the success of their individual companies in terms of value creation; the implementation of sector-shaping business models and innovative business practices; culture and team-building; and their individual/organizational impact on the overall healthcare scene.

In nominating and selecting awardees, we have a strong bias for leaders who have achieved these goals within the context of the emerging growth arena, and whose entire body of work across a career in relevant settings can be recognized by our Conference. The healthcare segments represented in a nominee’s background include healthcare services, managed care, and health information.

2017 Award Recipient: Dr. Delos “Toby” Cosgrove

Dr. Toby Cosgrove

Dr. Delos M. “Toby” Cosgrove
CEO & President, Cleveland Clinic

This year, the Healthcare Leaders Conference honors Dr. Delos M. Cosgrove M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Clinic. Under Dr. Cosgrove’s leadership, Cleveland Clinic has consistently been named among America’s top five hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.

As CEO and President, Dr. Cosgrove presides over a $8 billion healthcare system including Cleveland Clinic’s main campus, 10 community hospitals, 18 family health and ambulatory surgery centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Toronto, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and Cleveland Clinic London (opening 2020). His leadership has emphasized patient care and patient experience, including the re-organization of clinical services into patient-centered, organ and disease-based institutes. He launched major wellness initiatives for patients, employees and communities.

Dr. 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. His undergraduate work was at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

He was a surgeon in the U.S. Air Force and served in Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam, as the Chief of U.S. Air Force Casualty Staging Flight. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal.

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Joining Cleveland Clinic in 1975, Dr. Cosgrove was named Chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular surgery in 1989. Under his leadership, Cleveland Clinic’s heart program was ranked No. 1 in America for 10 years in a row (U.S. News & World Report), a ranking it now holds for 22 consecutive years.

He has published nearly 450 journal articles, book chapters, one book and 17 training and continuing medical education films. He performed more than 22,000 operations and earned an international reputation for expertise in all areas of cardiac surgery, especially valve repair. As an innovator, Dr. Cosgrove has 30 patents filed for developing medical and clinical products used in surgical environments.

In 2014, Dr. Cosgrove authored “The Cleveland Clinic Way: Lessons in Excellence from One of the World’s Leading Health Care Organizations,” which takes an in-depth look at today’s healthcare system. It describes the eight trends shaping the future of medicine in this country to be more efficient, more effective and more affordable than it is today. The book acknowledges the challenges facing the industry but takes a “strongly optimistic” view of what lies ahead by illustrating how Cleveland Clinic is helping to shape the future of medicine by working toward one goal: putting patients first.

Dr. Cosgrove is a sought-after speaker worldwide. He has addressed the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting at Davos, Switzerland, and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, in Washington, D.C. He is regularly quoted and featured in national magazines and newspapers, including a cover story in Time, and major articles in Newsweek, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, “The Charlie Rose Show” on PBS, and other national media outlets.

Dr. Cosgrove was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (2013). He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (2015) and Castle Connolly National Physician of the Year.

Recent honors include the Deming Cup and Horatio Alger Award. He is a 2016 Fortune Businessperson of the Year (No. 14), and has topped Inside Business’s “Power 100” listing for Northeast Ohio. He is highly ranked among Modern Healthcare’s “100 most powerful people in healthcare” and “most powerful physician executives,” and is an inductee of the Cleveland Medical Hall of Fame.

Dr. Cosgrove has been consulted by successive presidential administrations, serving on the Veterans Administration Commission on Care (2015) and the current White House Strategic and Policy Forum.

Past Innovator Award Recipients

Quint Studer

Quint Studer

(2016)

Pat Ryan

Pat Ryan

(2012)

April Anthony

April Anthony

(2015)

Senator Bill Frist

Senator Bill Frist

(2011)

Norman Payson, MD

Norman Payson, MD

(2014)

Steve Shulman

Steve Shulman

(2010)

Alan Hoops

Alan Hoops

(2013)

In Memory Of Ian Adler

The Healthcare Leaders Conference Innovator Award is named to honor the memory of Ian Adler, who passed away in February of 2016.

Ian was Senior Managing Director of Healthcare of Marwood Group, and an incredibly generous and thoughtful person who became synonymous with all the best thinking behind and spirit of the Healthcare Leaders Conference.

His passion for this conference embodied the spirit we strive for and we will miss him.