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Faculty

The Executive Visitors’ Program is conducted by a diverse faculty of Cleveland Clinic physician, nurse and administrative leaders who possess first-hand experience and knowledge in such areas as operations, finance, information technology, medical education and research, construction, government relations, patient experience, donor development and more.

Because the faculty members are involved in the day-to-day operations of leading one of the largest academic medical centers in the United States, they understand the internal and external issues involved in managing in today’s highly competitive healthcare landscape. And because each faculty member has wrestled with the challenges and opportunities of system integration, each offers perspectives and insights from the “front lines,” providing attendees with an authentic peer-learning experience.

Our anticipated faculty includes:

 

Delos (Toby) M. Cosgrove, MD

CEO and President

As CEO, Dr. Toby Cosgrove presides over a $5 billion healthcare system that comprises Cleveland Clinic, nine community hospitals, 15 family health and ambulatory surgery centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Toronto and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. His leadership has emphasized patient care and patient experience, including the reorganization of clinical services into patient-centered, organ and disease-based institutes. He launched major wellness initiatives for patients, employees and communities.

Joining Cleveland Clinic in 1975, Dr. Cosgrove was named chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular surgery in 1989. Under his leadership, Cleveland Clinic’s heart program was ranked number one in America for 18 years in a row (U.S. News & World Report), and continues to be ranked first in the nation today.

Dr. Cosgrove received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville and completed his clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital and Brook General Hospital in London. His undergraduate work was at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.

He was a surgeon in the U.S. Air Force and served in Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam, as the Chief of U.S. Air Force Casualty Staging Flight. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal.

He has published nearly 450 journal articles, book chapters, one book and 17 training and continuing medical education films. He performed more than 22,000 operations and earned an international reputation for expertise in all areas of cardiac surgery, especially valve repair. As an innovator, Dr. Cosgrove has 30 patents filed for developing medical and clinical products used in surgical environments.

The recipient of Cleveland Clinic’s Master Clinician Award, Innovator of the Year Award and Lerner Humanitarian Award, Dr. Cosgrove is a member of Cleveland Medical Hall of Fame and Cleveland Business Hall of Fame. In 2007 he was named Castle Connolly’s National Physician of the Year. He also received the Woodrow Wilson Center Award for Public Service as well as Harvard Business School’s Award from HBS Alumni, Cleveland, and the Humanitarian Award of the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio. Dr. Cosgrove topped Inside Business’s “Power 100” listing for Northeast Ohio and is highly ranked among Modern Healthcare’s “100 most powerful people in healthcare” and “most powerful physician executives.”

Robert (Rob) W. Coulton Jr., MBA

Executive Director of Staff Affairs
Robert Coulton

In his more than 35 years at Cleveland Clinic, Rob Coulton has held a number of managerial positions throughout the organization. Currently, he is the Executive Director of Staff Affairs in the Office of Professional Staff Affairs, overseeing the recruitment, retention, compensation, benefits and policies of Cleveland Clinic’s professional staff.

Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, he served as an assistant administrator in a nursing home in Euclid, Ohio. In 1973, Mr. Coulton joined Cleveland Clinic as an Administrative Services Coordinator. In 1987, following managerial positions in the hospital and serving six years as Administrator for the Department of Neurology, he was appointed as Executive Director of Professional Staff Affairs.

Mr. Coulton completed his undergraduate degree at Rio Grande College, Texas, and holds an MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio.

Paul E. DiCorleto, PhD

Sherwin-Page Chair, Lerner Research Institute
Chair, Department of Molecular Medicine, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Dr. Paul DiCorleto

Dr. Paul DiCorleto is Chair of Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute, which is home to more than 180 principal investigators and 1,500 total employees, many of whom are performing biomedical research that ranges from cellular and molecular biology to biomedical engineering. The Lerner Research Institute (LRI) also is home to the Center for Clinical Research, which provides infrastructure support and oversight for all human subjects research at Cleveland Clinic. Research funding from external sources to the LRI totaled $190 million in 2009, with $109 million coming from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal agencies.

Dr. DiCorleto has been with Cleveland Clinic since 1982, having served previously as Chairman of the Department of Cell Biology and as an Associate Chief of Staff. He is currently a member of Cleveland Clinic’s Board of Governors and Board of Trustees.

On a national level, Dr. DiCorleto has chaired multiple NIH and American Heart Association review panels as well as several national conferences on research into heart and vascular disease. His research focuses on the molecular and cellular basis of atherosclerosis. He has published more than 100 articles in his field and serves on the editorial board of multiple scientific journals. He has served as President of the North American Vascular Biology Organization and is currently a member of the Scientific Advisory Board. He also serves as a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Advisory Panel on Research. He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007.

Dr. DiCorleto received his undergraduate training in chemistry at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, and his doctorate in biochemistry from Cornell University, New York.

A community board member of the Cleveland State University Board of Trustees, Dr. DiCorleto has served as a consultant to and board member of multiple companies. He currently is a Director of Cleveland BioLabs, Inc., a publicly traded company.

Steven (Steve) C. Glass

Chief Financial Officer
Dr. Paul DiCorleto

Steve Glass joined Cleveland Clinic in 2002 as the Controller and Chief Accounting Officer, and served in that role until 2005, when he assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer. Cleveland Clinic is a premier provider of health services, generating combined revenues of more than $5.8 billion annually.

Mr. Glass began his career with Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore Maryland in 1988. After Good Samaritan merged with Helix Health System in 1994, he assumed the role of Vice President of Finance. Over the next four years, Helix Health continued to grow and merge with additional hospitals, ultimately becoming MedStar Health, a seven-hospital health system with more than $2.5 billion in annual revenues. In 1999, Mr. Glass was named Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of MedStar Health, a role he held until he joined Cleveland Clinic.

Mr. Glass received a BS in accounting from Towson University, Maryland, and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the Ohio Society of CPAs, the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Health Management Academy. He is a Board Member of Team NEO, a regional organization focused on economic growth and jobs creation in Northeast Ohio.

Katherine (Kelly) Hancock, MSN, RN

Executive Chief Nursing Officer
Chief Nursing Officer, Main Campus

Katherine Hancock was named Executive Chief Nursing Officer of Cleveland Clinic health system in August 2012. As such, she is responsible for directing the daily clinical, academic and operational activities of the nursing staff, as well as the focus of nursing throughout the various institutes on the main campus. She administers and directs nursing operations, as well as the financial, regulatory and business activities of nursing.

Ms. Hancock’s 18 years of nursing experience began at Cleveland Clinic. She upholds a strong administrative and clinical atmosphere that promotes staff education, staff development and cohesion among all disciplines, professional nursing care and world-class patient care.

Ms. Hancock obtained her MSN from Ursuline College, Ohio. She is a board-certified Nurse Executive through the American Nurse Credentialing Center, and a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and Honor Society of Nursing - Sigma Theta Tau International. She is a recipient of the Bruce Hubbard Stewart Fellow Award and two-time recipient of the Abbie Porter Leadership Award, which highlights Nursing Leadership.

C. Martin Harris, MD, MBA

Chief Information Officer 
Chairman, Information Technology Division

In addition to his responsibilities as Chief Information Officer and Chairman of the Information Technology Division, Dr. Martin Harris serves as Executive Director of e-Cleveland Clinic, which is a series of e-health clinical programs offered over the Internet.

Dr. Harris’s interest and expertise in the area of improving the practice of medicine through the innovative application of information technology is reflected in his serving on numerous national policy and technology organizations. He was appointed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Information Technology Standards Committee, which is charged with making recommendations to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for the electronic exchange and use of health information. He serves as Chairman of the Board for the Health and Human Services Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine, which acts as an advisory body to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. He also is Chairman-elect of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

Dr. Harris received a presidential appointment to the Commission on Care for America’s Wounded Warriors and to the Congressional Commission on Systemic Interoperability, which studies the steps required to develop a national health information network. He also is the former Advisor to the Director of the National Institutes of Health.

After receiving his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Dr. Harris completed his residency training in general internal medicine at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar fellowship in general internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and holds an MBA in healthcare management from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

J. Michael Henderson, MD

Chief Quality Officer
Michael Henderson

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.

Linda McHugh, MBA

Executive Administrator
Linda McHugh

Linda McHugh has been the Executive Administrator for the office of the CEO and Board of Governors since 2005. She also serves as the Assistant Secretary for the Board of Trustees and Directors. In this capacity she serves on more than 30 enterprise wide committees.

In her position as Executive Administrator, Ms. McHugh has been the driving force behind the development and implementation of several innovative programs across the enterprise including the Art & Medicine Program, the Office for a Healthy Environment and a centralized contact center. She is actively involved in the development and implementation of the strategic priorities of the enterprise.

Prior to her position with the office of the CEO, Ms. McHugh helped to manage and nationally expand the cardiac surgery affiliate program model. This model provided a method to leverage the reputation, clinical expertise and nationally recognized program into a new business venture that provided management income with minimal associated incremental cost. This model also served to broaden the reach of the heart program brand.

Ms. McHugh started her career at Cleveland Clinic as a medical technologist in microbiology. She later held several administrative positions of increasing responsibility in several specialties and was involved in the recruitment and integration of physician practices in the region through the Division of Surgery.

She holds an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and a BS degree in Medical Technology from Bowling Green State University, Ohio.

James (Jim) I. Merlino, MD

Chief Experience Officer
Vice-Chairman, Digestive Disease Institute
James I. Merlino, MD, FACS, FASCRS

As Chief Experience Officer for Cleveland Clinic since July 2009, Dr. Jim Merlino has been working on several initiatives to ensure that all aspects of the patient experience meet the highest standards.

Additionally, Dr. Merlino is leading efforts to positively impact employee experience to ensure that employees are engaged and satisfied, because positive employee engagement positively influences patient experience.

Dr. Merlino also is the Vice Chairman of the Digestive Disease Institute and a staff colorectal surgeon, specializing in the treatment of colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and minimally invasive surgery. He is certified by the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery and the American Board of General Surgery and is a fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Merlino received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland. He completed his fellowship training at Cleveland Clinic and received the Clinical Fellow of the Year award in 2005. He completed his residency training at University Hospitals of Cleveland and his undergraduate studies in business administration at Baldwin-Wallace College, Cleveland.

The author and co-author of numerous articles in medical and peer-reviewed scientific journals, Dr. Merlino’s research focuses on postoperative ileus, screening for colon and rectal cancer, and the treatment of intra-abdominal infections.

William H. Morris, MD

Associate Chief Information Officer

Dr. William Morris has been a staff member of Hospital Medicine at Cleveland Clinic since 2006. He was named Director of Clinical Informatics in 2007 and promoted to Associate Chief Information Officer for the Cleveland Clinic health system.

Dr. Morris also serves as chairman of the Cleveland Clinical Medical Records Committee and is active on numerous advisory committees including medical/legal, and quality and safety. In addition to his clinical role as a Hospitalist within the Medicine Institute, he is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

A prolific inventor and innovator, Dr. Morris started and currently directs the Clinical Solutions Center at Cleveland Clinic. This highly specialized team brings experts in computer science, and hardware and software engineers and clinicians to develop the next generation of clinical care tools.

In 2008, Dr. Morris was named Innovator of the Year for his work in implementing physician order entry for Cleveland Clinic. He also received innovator awards in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2013, he co-published mHealth: Global Opportunities and Challenges, a book reviewing his work on mobile and distance health.

Dr. Morris earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and completed training in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School.

William (Bill) M. Peacock, MS

Chief of Operations
Bill Peacock

Bill Peacock joined Cleveland Clinic in 2005 as Executive Director of Facilities Construction and Real Estate. In 2008, he became Executive Director of Operational Support Services and in 2009, Chief of Operations.

During his tenure at Cleveland Clinic, Mr. Peacock developed strategies and tactics for integrating 2,200 employees across Cleveland Clinic’s domestic and international operations. He created more than $1.6 million in savings by developing a single storefront for facilities services. He delivered 3.3 million square feet of new healthcare projects at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus, including a state-of-the-art Heart & Vascular Institute, on time and on budget. He led the planning and design coordination efforts for Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, and he developed the team and processes to manage more than $1.2 billion in capital project execution and $265 million in annual operating funds for Cleveland Clinic’s Operational Support Services.

Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, Mr. Peacock served as Commanding Officer at the US Navy Public Works Center in Yokosuka, Japan; Deputy Division Director, Seabee Readiness Division, Chief of Naval Operations Staff in Washington DC; Chief of Staff, 20th Naval Construction Regiment in Gulfport, Miss.; and Commanding Officer, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion SEVENTY FOUR in Gulfport, Miss.

Mr. Peacock has an MS in electrical engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, and a BS in electrical engineering from the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. He also completed the Advanced Executive Program at the Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Evanston, Ill.

Mr. Peacock is a member of the American Society of Healthcare Executives and the American Society of Healthcare Engineers, and is a board member of the Presidents’ Council, Cleveland. He earned a Legion of Merit award and Meritorious Service Medal from the US Department of Defense.

Brian J. Smith, MBA

Director of Construction
Brian Smith

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Brian Smith has been active in the Cleveland development and construction business for more than 25 years. He led the development of Lexington Village in Cleveland’s Hough Avenue neighborhood as well as numerous office building and hotel construction projects. In 1993, he joined Cleveland Clinic as Director of Construction.

Mr. Smith is responsible for all aspects of construction project development at Cleveland Clinic. In 2007, he became Cleveland Clinic’s Director of Strategic Project Development, which allows him to blend his passion for the economic development of Cleveland neighborhoods and revitalization of the city with the expansion of healthcare access to the community.

Mr. Smith has two undergraduate degrees in construction technology as well as an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. He is active on several not-for-profit boards that provide humanitarian aid to developing countries around the world. The majority of his efforts are focused on Honduras, Central America.

James K. Stoller, MD, MS

Executive Director of Physician Leadership Development
Chairman, Education Institute
James Kevin Stoller

Dr. Jamie Stoller’s organizational development activities include co-directing the Leading in Health Care course for Cleveland Clinic faculty; leading Cleveland Clinic’s Education Institute and the Cleveland Clinic Academy; and organizing the leadership rotation and on-boarding activities for Cleveland Clinic faculty leaders.

A pulmonary/critical care physician, Dr. Stoller is a member of Cleveland Clinic’s Respiratory Institute, where he serves as the Head of Cleveland Clinic Respiratory Therapy. He also has served as the Vice Chairman of Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. He holds the Jean Wall Bennett Professorship of Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and has a secondary appointment as Professor of Organizational Behavior in the Weatherhead School of Management of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland.

Dr. Stoller’s current clinical research interests focus on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and strategies of care delivery, particularly with respect to respiratory therapy. He serves as a reviewer and contributor to a number of national and international publications and has authored more than 15 books, 72 chapters, 227 original peer-reviewed reports and more than 117 abstracts.

He serves as an Associate Editor for the journal Respiratory Care; as a member of the editorial boards of Clinical Pulmonary Medicine, the Journal of Bronchology and Thorax; and on several boards of directors. He is a trustee of the American Respiratory Care Foundation; a member of the Board of Directors of the COPD Foundation; and is a former board member of the Alpha-1 Foundation, Alpha-1 Association, and the National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care. He formerly served on the Board of Medical Advisors of the American Association for Respiratory Care and on the Executive Committee of the COPD Coalition. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Chest Physicians and the American Association for Respiratory Care. He also is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and a fellow and honorary life member of the American Association for Respiratory Care.

Dr. Stoller received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine in 1979, after which he completed an internship and residency at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston. In 1982, he became a fellow in pulmonary medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a year later received a fellowship in pulmonary medicine and funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program to study clinical epidemiology at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Stoller also undertook a fellowship in critical care medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. He is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine. He holds a master’s degree in organizational development and analysis from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Stoller has been invited to speak extensively and has been honored with numerous awards including the 27th Egan Lecturer award and the Forrest Bird MD Lifetime Scientific Achievement Award. He is a recipient of the Dean’s Academic Achievement Award from the Weatherhead School of Management and the Best Morning Report Teaching Attending Award from Cleveland Clinic’s Medicine Institute. Dr. Stoller consistently is included in the “Best Doctors in America” and in “America’s Top Doctors.”

Robert (Bob) Wyllie, MD

Chief Medical Operations Officer

In 2011, Dr. Robert Wyllie was appointed Chief Medical Operations Officer with the responsibility of overseeing medical and clinical operations to best position Cleveland Clinic as an integrated delivery network focusing on its patient-centered system of care. In this role, he leads the Medical Operations Division, which comprises more than 1,700 staff and employees and includes Pharmacy, Surgical Operations, Hospital and ICU Operations, Business Intelligence, Clinical Supply Chain, Continuous Improvement, Critical Care Transport and Systems Optimization.

Dr. Wyllie also serves as Vice Chair of the Cleveland Clinic's Office of Professional Staff Affairs and as a professor with the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.

Prior to his role as Chief Medical Operations Officer, Dr. Wyllie served as Physician-in-Chief of Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, Chairman of the Pediatric Institute, Chairman of the Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Chairman of the departments of Medical Subspecialty Pediatrics and Pediatric Surgery.

As head of the Children’s Hospital, he recruited 100 pediatric medical and surgical physicians and integrated three hospitals and more than a dozen community health centers into a regional Children’s Hospital system.  He founded a pediatric transport system that brings in 1,000-plus children annually, doubled the number of outpatient visits to 500,000 per year, and grew the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital to be the largest provider of pediatric care in Northeast Ohio, with twice the volume of pediatric visits and 50 percent more surgical procedures than the average U.S. children’s hospital.

Dr. Wyllie’s other innovations include building a special delivery unit for infants with health problems identified in utero, establishing one of the few pediatric pain programs in the country, opening a new autism school and developing a pediatric intensive care unit with one of the highest observed-to-expected survival rates in the country.  Under his leadership, the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital became the provider rated highest in Northeast Ohio by U.S News and World Report.


His awards from Cleveland Clinic include the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award in Pediatrics and the Chairman’s Award for Pediatric Research. He also holds the Steve and Nancy Calabrese Chair of Pediatrics.

Dr. Wyllie is listed in “Best Doctors in America” and “America’s Top Doctors,” and has been recognized for many years as one of the “Top Doctors” in Northeast Ohio and in Cleveland.

A graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, Dr. Wyllie earned his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, where he won the Lyman Meiks Award as the outstanding medical student in pediatrics. He completed training in pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis and is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in pediatrics and gastroenterology.

During his career Dr. Wyllie has developed new pediatric endoscopy techniques and has published more than 150 articles in scientific journals. He has served on the editorial boards of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and Clinical Pediatrics, and he edits Pediatric Gastrointestinal Disease: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Management, one of the standard texts in the field.

James Young, MD

Executive Dean, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University 
Chairman, Endocrinology & Metabolism Institute

Dr. James Young is Professor of Medicine and Executive Dean of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and Chairman of the Endocrinology & Metabolism Institute. He also serves as the Physician Director of the Philanthropy Institute and is Chairman of the Board of Cleveland Heart, a Cleveland Clinic Innovations spinoff company. He holds the George and Linda Kaufman Chair and is a Medical Director of the Kaufman Center for Heart Failure, which he and a former surgical colleague established in 1998, at Cleveland Clinic.

After joining Cleveland Clinic in 1995, Dr. Young was named Head of Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Medicine in the Department of Cardiovascular Disease. He is an internationally recognized heart failure and heart transplant cardiologist with an interest in mechanical circulatory support devices.

Dr. Young has participated in more than 150 clinical trials as an investigator and has served as the U.S. principal or co-principal investigator for many multicenter clinical trials. He has published more than 650 manuscripts and several textbooks. He currently serves on the editorial boards of theAmerican Heart Journal, Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, Cardiology Today and Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal.

A member of many professional associations, Dr. Young served as a board member and past president of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, and as a board member of the Heart Failure Society of America and the American Society of Transplantation.

Dr. Young earned a BA with honors in biology from the University of Kansas, where he was a resident of Stephenson Scholarship Hall. He matriculated to Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where he was awarded his medical degree, cum laude, and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He completed his clinical training at Baylor Affiliated Hospitals. Subsequently, he joined the faculty and was named Professor of Medicine with tenure. During this time, he served as the Clinical Coordinator and Scientific Director for Dr. Michael E. DeBakey’s Multi-organ Transplant Center at The Methodist Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Young is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians, American Heart Association and the European Society of Cardiology. He was awarded the Gold Medal for Meritorious Service to Yugoslavian Cardiology Society and has been included in the “Best Doctors in America” and “America’s Top Doctors.”