Dr. Thomas Graham is leaving the Cleveland Clinic, forcing the institution to replace another leader within its much-praised innovations unit.
Graham, who has been chairman of Cleveland Clinic Innovations since 2010, is taking a leadership position at Lake Nona Medical City, a 650-acre health and life sciences center in Orlando, Fla.
Peter O'Neill is serving as interim executive director of Cleveland Clinic Innovations, which has spun out dozens of medical technology companies over the years. O'Neill previously spent 10 years with the innovations group, including a stint as director of commercialization.
Graham took over some of the executive director's duties this summer, after the FBI told the Cleveland Clinic that the previous executive director, Gary Fingerhut, had made financial transactions that violated the hospital system's internal policies.
Graham, a hand surgeon, also served as vice chair of the Clinic's orthopedic surgery department.
In a statement, the Clinic said Graham “has made numerous contributions to our organization, both as an internationally recognized hand surgeon and as a prolific inventor and entrepreneur.” Under his direction, the statement read, “Cleveland Clinic Innovations has grown and thrived, with the creation of the Global Healthcare Innovation Alliance, and significant growth of our annual Medical innovation Summit.”
A national search is underway for a new executive director.
"Leader of Cleveland Clinic Innovations is leaving for a job in Florida" originally appeared on the website of Crain's Cleveland Business.