Cleveland Clinic President and CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove announces plans to step down in 2017

Toby Cosgrove, MD, president and CEO of Cleveland Clinic, revealed plans to transition out of his executive roles later this year. He will reportedly continue on in an advisory role to the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Cosgrove served as president and CEO of the system for roughly 13 years. The Clinic's board of directors and board of governors plan to jointly select Dr. Cosgrove's successor by the end of 2017. Officials will reportedly search for another practicing physician to lead the organization.

Under his leadership, the Cleveland Clinic launched a number of major wellness initiatives for patients, employees and communities, including a same-day medical appointment policy, the cessation of smoking on all Cleveland Clinic campuses, weekly farmer's markets at the Clinic in the fall and winter months and free memberships to Weight Watchers and various exercise facilities for all employees, among other programs.

Prior to his executive roles with the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Cosgrove practiced as a cardiac surgeon for nearly 30 years.

"It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of an extraordinary and forward-thinking organization that puts patients at the center of everything we do," Dr. Cosgrove said in a statement. "Cleveland Clinic's world-class reputation of clinical excellence, innovation, medical education and research was created and will be maintained by the truly dedicated caregivers who work tirelessly to provide the best care to our patients."

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