Tomislav Mihaljevic, President of Cleveland Clinic

Read an article by Dr. Mihaljevic regarding his visit. 

Read the reflection article by Writing Fellow Sohini Mukherjee.

Taking the Job No One Wants: Lessons in Leadership

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Tom Mihaljevic, MD, is CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic. He leads an $8 billion medical system that includes a main campus, 10 regional hospitals, 18 family health centers, and facilities in Florida, Nevada, Toronto, Abu Dhabi and London.

Representing a new generation of leadership for American’s #2 ranked hospital (U.S. News & World Report), Dr. Mihaljevic seeks to build on Cleveland Clinic’s reputation for medical expertise, to enhance the patient experience, and expand access to clinical services.

Dr. Mihaljevic joined Cleveland Clinic in 2004 as a surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. He has performed almost 3,000 operations over the course of his career, specializing in minimally invasive and robotic-assisted procedures, valve replacement and repair, image-guided surgery, heart failure and cardiac transplantation.

He earned his medical degree at the Medical School, University of Zagreb, Croatia. He trained in cardiac surgery at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. In the United States, he did residencies in general and cardiothoracic surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and was chief resident in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Before coming to Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Mihaljevic was director of the Cardiac Surgery Research Laboratory and an associate surgeon in the Division of Cardiac Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Mihaljevic held a seven-year academic appointment to Harvard Medical School as a Clinical Fellow in Surgery. He was also Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.