The Cleveland Clinic's
world-renowned heart program is in need of a new leader.
Dr. Bruce Lytle, 68, will continue to serve as the chairman of the Clinic's Heart & Vascular Institute—a role he's held for the past seven years—while his successor is identified and then will “pursue other opportunities,” according to an internal announcement from Clinic Chief of Staff Dr. Joseph Hahn that was provided to Crain's.
The Clinic is forming a committee to conduct a national search for Lytle's replacement.
“Bruce has been a dedicated teacher, surgeon and colleague to many, and I consider it a distinct privilege to have worked with him,” Hahn said in the announcement. “Please join me in thanking him for his exceptional service, clinical excellence and outstanding leadership to the HVI team and to Cleveland Clinic.”
Lytle, who has been with the Clinic for 38 years, is credited with launching the Heart & Vascular Institute in 2007 as a team of 1,000 caregivers, including 130 physicians, according to Hahn's announcement. He also extended the institute's reach throughout the country by launching the health system's first successful clinical consulting team. To date, the institute has forged 10 affiliations nationwide. Lytle also grew the Clinic's regional cardiovascular medicine practice to 43 cardiologists in 20 locations in Northeast Ohio.
Last month, U.S. News and World Report named the Clinic as the nation's No. 1 heart center for the 20th year in a row."Dr. Bruce Lytle to step down as chairman of Cleveland Clinic's Heart & Vascular Institute" originally appeared on the website of Crain's Cleveland Business.