The Institute of Medicine announced Monday that Cleveland Clinic Chief Executive Dr. Toby Cosgrove has been newly elected into its membership ranks. Becoming a member is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. The institute is a national advisory board for Congress and its projects during the past year include studying the benefits of physical activity in the school environment, regional variations in Medicare spending, and how to improve the delivery of cancer care.
Cosgrove was named chief executive of the Clinic in 2004. Previously, he worked as a cardiac surgeon performing more than 22,000 surgeries and filed 30 patents for developing medical and clinical products used in in surgery.
In a printed statement, Cosgrove said becoming a member of the IOM is not only an honor but also "a tremendous responsibility.”
“The IOM has great influence on public policies and programs that can shape the health and lives of millions of people around the world," Cosgrove said.
Two other Clinic physicians have been elected to the IOM in previous years. That includes Dr. Charis Eng, chair and founding director of Cleveland Clinic's Genomic Medicine Institute; and George Stark, a researcher in the Clinic's Lerner Research Institute's department of molecular genetics.