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October 15, 2010
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Cleveland Clinic CEO to lecture at Upstate Oct. 20

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— Cleveland Clinic CEO Delos Cosgrove, M.D., will discuss innovations in healthcare delivery during a public presentation Wednesday, Oct. 20, at Upstate Medical University.

Cosgrove will speak from 8 to 9 a.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium at Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Ave., Syracuse. Cosgrove’s presentation is the inaugural Frederick B. Parker Jr., M.D., Endowed Lecture, named in honor of Upstate cardiac surgeon and longtime surgery chair. The lecture is free and open to the public.

As CEO, Cosgrove presides over a $5 billion healthcare system comprised of the Cleveland Clinic, nine community hospitals, 15 family health and ambulatory surgery centers, among other institutions. His leadership has emphasized patient care and patient experience, including the re-organization of clinical services into patient-centered, organ and disease-based institutes. He is a sought-after speaker worldwide and has addressed the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting at Davos, Switzerland, and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, in Washington, D.C.

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.

The lectureship in cardiothoracic surgery honors Frederick Parker. M.D., for his decades of service to Upstate, as well as to the Central New York community. Parker’s career at Upstate began in 1971, during the early days of modern cardiac surgery. In the subsequent 30 years, he pioneered Upstate’s cardiac surgery department, training countless residents and fellows, which led to his eventual appointment as chief of the cardiothoracic division and later, as chair of the Department of Surgery. He is currently an emeritus professor in the Department of Surgery and is on the board of directors for the Foundation for Upstate Medical University.

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