Former CEO To Speak At Case Western Graduation

Cleveland - Toby Cosgrove, the innovative health-care leader who extended Cleveland Clinic’s reach from Abu Dhabi to London in 13 years as CEO, will address Case Western Reserve’s graduates Sunday, May 20 as the university’s 2018 commencement speaker.

Cosgrove will address roughly 5,000 graduates, guests and university officials during Case Western Reserve’s convocation at 9:30 a.m. in the Veale Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

Cosgrove, who now serves as the hospital’s executive adviser after stepping down as CEO Dec. 31, also grew the hospital system here into the state’s largest employer, with more than 50,000 caregivers. 

Cosgrove came to Cleveland Clinic in 1975 after serving as a surgeon in Vietnam and training in Boston and London. During his career he performed 22,000 operations and secured 30 patents for products to improve surgical experiences and results. Cosgrove led the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery for 15 years—10 of which saw U.S. News & World Report rank the program the best in the country.

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