Tomislav Mihaljevic, M.D., Named Cleveland Clinic CEO, President


I am pleased to be with you today to announce the appointment of the next President and CEO of Cleveland Clinic, who will assume office on January 1, 2018. After I announced my transition in May, a Nomination Committee was formed that included members of the Board of Directors and Board of Governors. Following an extensive review of highly qualified physicians, the Nomination Committee completed their deliberations on August 31st. They submitted their unanimous recommendation to the Board of Directors and the Board of Governors. The committee recommended the candidate that is most qualified to lead this great organization and ensure its future success. Today, September 1st, the Board of Directors and the Board of Governors unanimously accepted the Nomination Committee’s selection of Dr. Tom Mihaljevic. Dr. Mihaljevic joined Cleveland Clinic in 2004 as a cardiothoracic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive cardiac surgery. His expertise helped build Cleveland Clinic into the world’s largest robotic surgery practice. Since 2015, Dr. Milaljevic has been serving as the CEO of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, overseeing the hospital’s strategy and operations. I am pleased to introduce you to Dr. Mihaljevic. Thanks Toby. It is an honor and privilege to be selected as the next President and CEO of Cleveland Clinic. Toby’s leadership has earned our organization an international reputation for patient centered care that encourages clinical excellence, medical research, education and innovation. I am very grateful for an opportunity to carry on his legacy. I am confident that with your support we will continue to lead the transformation of healthcare and further the mission of Cleveland Clinic. I’m excited to work with you and continue the momentum of “The Power of Everyone” Campaign. I look forward to working with Tom during the transition. He will serve you and Cleveland Clinic with distinction. Your contributions have made a difference to Cleveland Clinic. I want to thank you for your support. I know you will work with Tom as he leads the Cleveland Clinic to new heights.

6 thoughts on “Tomislav Mihaljevic, M.D., Named Cleveland Clinic CEO, President

  1. We came from Dallas to visit Tom in Cleveland seven years ago. We will never forget it. November 26, 2010, a day after thanksgiving day, Tom operated on me and gave me a new St.Jude mitral valve, model 29MECJ-502, a new life, so I can do great things. It was a cold, snowy thanksgiving week but our hearts and hands were warm and Thank you Tom and God bless you!

  2. It has been 7 years since my Robotic minimally invasive MVP repair done by Dr. Mihaljevic. Doing well and i am forever gratefully.

  3. I am not an American and certainly not a Croatian. This is why America is the greatest country in the world. Dr.Mihaljevic came to the USA from Zagreb, Croatia, after spending a brief period of his career in Switzerland. He is a first generation immigrant and now he is a CEO of the greatest medical enterprise in the world! In my country, and most others, you can hardly hit that high without family, money or politics as a backup. And especially as a foreigner. Hat down.

  4. I had OHS with him 8 years ago unfortunately I had to have it replaced with a mechanical valve I was told by the new surgeon that the pig valve was to big for my smaller heart I almost died because of the valve he placed!

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