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J. Michael Henderson, MD

Cleveland Clinic
Chief Quality Officer

In 2005, Dr. Michael Henderson embarked on an expansion of quality and patient safety for Cleveland Clinic, which led him to his current role as Chief Quality Officer. His interest in quality was initially triggered in the surgical arena in the early 2000s, when he implemented standardized approaches to perioperative processes and became a champion for the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program of the American College of Surgeons.

The establishment of Cleveland Clinic’s Quality and Patient Safety Institute provides a central coordinating focus for all quality, regulatory and risk-management activities across the Cleveland Clinic health system. The institute supports and collaborates with the clinical and support departments to align quality outcomes and patient safety into daily practice for the entire healthcare team. The focus of this work is to make quality and safety patient-centric, clinically relevant, operationally effective, regulatory compliant and academically appealing.

Dr. Henderson came to the United States in 1978, initially to Emory University in Atlanta. In 1992, he joined Cleveland Clinic as Chairman of General Surgery and Director of the Transplant Center. His main clinical interest has been in portal hypertension, with an extensive bibliography and record of presentations in this field. National Institutes of Health funding for his clinical and laboratory studies in portal hypertension has spanned more than 10 years.

Dr. Henderson received his medical degree from St. Andrews University, Scotland, and he completed his surgical training in Edinburgh, Scotland.