Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic (CCF) is one of the largest and most respected health care centers in the world, and is ranked among the top five hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report.

Patient Care

It is a multi-specialty academic–medical institution that seamlessly integrates clinical treatment with research and education. Cleveland Clinic was founded in 1921 by four physicians (Drs. Crile, Bunts, Phillips and Lower) who recognized that medical practice could only advance if interwoven with investigational and educational efforts. Today, Cleveland Clinic is a not-for-profit academic medical center which consists of the following: 1) a central integrated campus on the near east side of Cleveland, which consists of comprehensive inpatient and outpatient facilities; 2) more than 180 outpatient care locations, including 18 full-service family health centers that comprise the Cleveland Clinic Regional Operations Institute; 3) Cleveland Clinic regional hospitals, including 12 regional hospitals in Northeast Ohio, which together with the Cleveland Clinic central campus, comprise the Cleveland Clinic Health System; and 4) an integrated medical campus of 5 hospitals in Southeast Florida; 5) Cleveland Clinic Nevada, comprised of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute; 6) Cleveland Clinic Canada, comprised of offices in Toronto; and 7) Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, which opened a new hospital in 2015. A new hospital is opening in London in 2021 and a facility is planned for Shanghai, China.

In the 99 years since its inception, CCF has emerged as one of the nation’s largest and most active medical centers. The Cleveland Clinic Hospital is a quaternary care center with 1400 beds (one-third intensive care), 100 operating rooms, and 7 hybrid surgical suites. The healthcare system worldwide is comprised of 5,000 beds. The professional staff of the Cleveland Clinic includes 3,953 physicians, 2,678 advanced practice providers and 14,710 registered nurses. In 2018 total admissions to Cleveland Clinic Hospitals numbered 237,587 and total surgeries and procedures 220,352. Across the Cleveland Clinic Health System total outpatient visits were 7.9 million.

Now known as a leading comprehensive care medical center, the Clinic services are organized into patient- focused institutes aligned for efficiency and better care. The Cleveland Clinic has been ranked No. 1 in heart care by U.S. News and World Report yearly for 21 years since 1995. The Cleveland Clinic was ranked among the top 10 U.S. institutions in 13 specialty areas (Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Cancer, Urology, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Kidney Disorders, Rheumatology, Gynecology, Orthopedics, Pulmonology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, and Geriatrics). Other nationally ranked specialties included Ear, Nose & Throat.

In addition to its EHR, The Knowledge Program® (KP) is a scalable electronic platform to systematically collect patient-reported data through a mobile ready web-based data collection system. Started in 2007, the goals of KP are to incorporate the collection and tracking of patient reported outcomes (PRO) into existing clinical workflows, and to use PROs and health information technology to help optimize healthcare management and delivery, as well as research applications. KP provides the ability to communicate and obtain information from Cleveland Clinic patients at the time of their clinic visit, and remotely at pre-specified time-points independent from clinical encounters. Invitation(s) to complete questionnaires are sent to patients’ email with a link to questionnaire content individualized to the patient and the project. The system is independent of, but integrated with, Cleveland Clinic’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) through Health Level 7 (HL7) and web services feeds.

Glickman Urologic and Kidney Institute (GUKI): GUKI houses both the Departments of Urology and Nephrology and Hypertension, ranked fourth and fifth in the country by US News and World Report, respectively. GUKI offers comprehensive evaluation and both medical and surgical treatment of kidney and urologic disorders.

Hematology and Medical Oncology (HEMO): HEMO is home to the Cleveland Clinic’s benign hematology program. The benign Hematology Program offers evaluation, treatment, and consultative services in the field of benign hematologic disorders. The benign Hematology Program encompasses four major classes of non- cancerous hematologic disorders:

  • Anemia, thrombocytopenia, leukopenia or leukocytosis
  • Hemostasis and thrombosis
  • Genetic disorders including thalassemia, porphyria, and enzymatic disorders
  • Diagnostic evaluation of symptomatic presentations, such as fevers, lymphadenopathy, and complications of solid organ transplantation

Lerner Research Institute

The Lerner Research Institute at Cleveland Clinic (LRI) is one of the largest research institutes in the nation, with over 1500 researchers and support personnel across 12 departments. The LRI is consistently ranked in the top ten research institutes in NIH funding, a benchmark of research success. Although the 12 departments in the LRI house mainly laboratory-based scientists, the LRI also supports translational and clinical research throughout the Cleveland Clinic, and many clinician scientists have laboratories and joint appointments in LRI departments. The LRI houses many basic science and translational support cores, which offer services to investigators city-wide, including the KUH-TN training faculty, through the Cleveland Clinical and Translational Sciences Collaborative