Thought Leadership

Case Western Reserve and Cleveland Clinic are at the forefront of medical education and innovation. Our leaders are reshaping the way people view health care. Read what they have to say.

Cleveland Clinic Thought Leaders

A Computer that Allows Doctors to be More Human

With 43,000 medical journals, 79,000 clinical trials and more than 25 million citations for biomedical literature on PubMed, the abundance of medical information is exploding. It’s more knowledge than any one physician could ever fully assimilate, while also managing the complex cases – including diagnoses, blood tests, histories, DNA tests, algorithms, treatment plans and x-rays, CAT scans and other images – of hundreds of their patients. Read more.


Taming Cancer

There’s no getting around it. Cancer is a formidable foe. Every new discovery reveals new complexities. We now know that cancer is no single disease, but many diseases. Lung cancer is different from prostate cancer, which is unlike leukemias and sarcomas. Read more.


Healthcare’s ‘Magic Bullet’ Still Working

It’s no secret that healthy lifestyle choices – eating right, exercising and not smoking – lead to healthier people. The challenge, though, is getting people to make the right choices. As a nation, we have to do better. And we can; it just takes some incentive. Read more.


‘Super Campus’ to Promote Medical Teamwork

For most of human history, healthcare disciplines have trained in separate silos. Doctors, dentists, nurses and physician assistants rarely crossed paths until they met in the patient care arena. Professional isolation, however, is no longer acceptable. No single profession rules the new environment of value-based care, population health and outcomes-based reimbursement. Read more.


The Medical Breakthrough Nobody’s Talking About

The latest medical breakthrough hasn’t gotten much press, but it’s changing medicine even as we speak. It’s the dawning realization that healthcare is not about how many patients you can see, how many tests and procedures you can order, or how much you can charge for these things. Read more.

Dr. Cosgrove on MSNBC

Cleveland Clinic CEO: Patients must be active participants in health care

As the Affordable Health Care Act continues to be rolled out this year and in early 2014, patients will need to think about the ways they insure themselves so they don’t have to pay a penalty and receive appropriate insurance. Read more.

Forum on Healthcare Innovation

Delos M. Cosgrove, MD, is president and CEO of Cleveland Clinic, where he presides over a $6 billion healthcare system comprised of the Cleveland Clinic; nine community hospitals; 16 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. Read more.

Committing to a Modern, International Approach to Medical Education

Patient care, of course, is a hospital’s No. 1 priority. That’s why we’re here: to treat the sick, mend the injured, and nurture a healthier community. However, without research to unearth new discoveries and education to train future physicians, medicine would wither. Read more.

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Case Western Reserve University Thought Leaders

Cleveland’s place in the Cancer Moonshot: Stanton L. Gerson (Opinion)

Two weeks ago, President Barack Obama announced that Vice President Joe Biden would take on the “moonshot” against cancer. This is welcome news. Certainly, the medical community has been improving diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients since President Richard Nixon announced a war on the disease in 1971. Read more.


Wrongly feeding U.S. anxieties over Ebola: Michael M. Lederman (opinion)

Are you afraid of Ebola? Well, I am. The ongoing Ebola epidemic has killed more than 5,000 in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone and will likely kill tens of thousands or more before it’s over. I am far less worried about what Ebola infection will do in the United States, but I am very uneasy about how we are responding to it. Read more.


Making a Difference

Some of you may have seen the Sunday New York Times article that used the example of MIT scientist Robert Langer to explore what it called the “slippery territory” of “the intersection of academic research and the commercial market.” Slippery? Not so much. Bumpy? Bedeviling? Full of false starts and interminable delays? Absolutely. Read more.

Returns on Collaboration

It’s news to no one that we are well into the time of team science, the era when national funders and experts agree that interdisciplinary approaches offer the best path to solving our most vexing problems. Read more.

Educating Doctors of the Future

We launched the Western Reserve 2 curriculum six years ago. The class that graduates this spring will be just the third to experience its full swath of offerings. And yet, as fresh as that program feels to many of us, we must look at it anew. Read more.

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