Delos M. Cosgrove, MD

Delos M. Cosgrove, MD, is President and CEO of Cleveland Clinic, where he presides over a $6.7 billion healthcare system.

End-of-Life Care: Who Will Speak for You?

No one wants to consider their own mortality. Eventually, though, it’s something we all must face, so it’s best to make some hard decisions now, to guide our loved ones and healthcare providers about what we want at the end of life. Today is National Healthcare Decisions Day, which hopes to encourage everyone to put … Read More

Healthcare ROI: We Are Living Longer Lives Worldwide

Humanity got a wonderful gift between 1990 and 2013 — six years of extra life. While the average person born in 1990 could expect to live to age 65.5, those born in 2013 can look forward to a 71st birthday. That’s an enormous leap. Many factors contributed to this immense gain for humanity, but the … Read More

Why We Should Make Way for the Military in Healthcare

We think of the Armed Forces as our nation’s powerful defenders, but they are also outstanding educators, training young people in hundreds of fields like finance, administration, mechanics, technology and computers. Many of these skills learned in military life translate easily into civilian careers – especially in healthcare. There is tremendous opportunity to hire veterans … Read More

Do You Know What Viral Disease Is Truly an Imminent Threat?

Imagine if an infectious disease were to strike the United States tomorrow. Caused by a virus, it is easily spread from one person to another. It can lead to serious health complications, even death. In fact, as many as 3,000 to 49,000 Americans could die of this highly contagious disease in the next four to … Read More

As Your Medical Care Advances, Is There a Price?

In many ways, the rising cost of healthcare is the price of a job well done. American medicine has made astonishing strides over the past 50 years. It’s given people longer, better lives. Training, research and technology advancements have enabled us to lengthen the average person’s life by nearly a decade. We’ve also improved quality … Read More

Healthcare’s Finest Hour: Technology Drives Advances

It’s a whole new world. The old way of practicing medicine is just that — an old way of doing things. While it took us a while to get to this point, I can say confidently this new world of healthcare will be better for all of us. Patients, doctors, and the people who pay … Read More

The Day of the Passive Patient Is Over

Healthcare is a team sport. And you – the patient – are the No. 1 draft pick. It’s your body, your health, your life. Why shouldn’t you have a voice – and a strong one – in your own care? The day of the passive patient is over. It’s time to take charge of your … Read More

Medical Lessons From the Vietnam War

Six months after finishing medical school, I was made a captain in the Air Force and sent off to Vietnam. It was 1968 and the war was in full force. Everyone had to do their part. I was sent to Da Nang and put in charge of the 22 Casualty Staging Flight at Da Nang … Read More

Medical Cost Control Is a Patriotic Duty

In 1960, President John F. Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Now, as 2013 winds down, we’re all wondering:  What will the government do for healthcare – and what will healthcare do for the people of the United States. We’ve gotten ourselves … Read More

Taking Expense, Unpredictability Out of Healthcare

Americans talk about our healthcare “system.” But it’s not really a system at all. It’s a hodgepodge. We have about 800,000 doctors in the United States. Some doctors work in hospitals. Some work in groups. About 40 percent are on their own. These small-scale practitioners deliver healthcare as kind of a cottage industry: intimate, craftsmanlike, … Read More