NewYork-Presbyterian Appoints Leader of International Initiatives

Dr. Kenneth Ouriel, Former Chairman of Surgery at Cleveland Clinic and CEO of Clinic's Sheikh Khalifa Medical City Project Abu Dhabi

May 13, 2008


A leader in global health care initiatives, Dr. Kenneth Ouriel, former chairman of the Division of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic and CEO of the Clinic's Sheikh Khalifa Medical City project in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, will join NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital on June 2 as senior vice president for International Operations, a newly created position.

NewYork-Presbyterian, which ranks sixth on the U.S.News & World Report "America's Best Hospitals" survey, is consistently approached by governments and private industry interested in establishing international collaborative ventures. The Hospital already has long-standing relationships in France, Korea, Qatar, the Philippines and Turkey.

"In our increasingly interconnected world, there are important new opportunities for international collaborations that will advance education, research and medical care for patients everywhere," says Dr. Herbert Pardes, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian. "As we look to forge new relationships globally in collaboration with our academic partners, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Weill Cornell Medical College, it is vital to have physician leadership with the experience and vision to lead us there. Dr. Ken Ouriel is an excellent addition to our senior management team, and I welcome him to NewYork-Presbyterian."

"Dr. Ouriel will help us to identify, evaluate, and implement international joint ventures that best meet the long-term goals of NewYork-Presbyterian's global strategy," adds Dr. Steven J. Corwin, executive vice president and chief operating officer.

"I am delighted to join NewYork-Presbyterian's international team, and I look forward to expanding the reach and awareness of the Hospital and its affiliated medical schools in strategic locations worldwide," says Dr. Ouriel.

About Dr. Kenneth Ouriel

Dr. Kenneth Ouriel was recruited to the Cleveland Clinic in 1998 as chairman of vascular surgery at Cleveland Clinic and was subsequently promoted to chairman of surgery. In April 2007, he was selected to lead Cleveland Clinic's hospital management activities in Abu Dhabi, where he assumed the role of CEO of Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, a 758-bed complex that includes a 550-bed acute care hospital, an 88-bed rehabilitation center and a 120-bed psychiatric institute. He received his medical degree at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed his specialty training in vascular surgery at University of Rochester—Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, based in New York City, is the nation's largest not-for-profit, non-sectarian hospital, with 2,242 beds. The Hospital has nearly 2 million patient visits in a year, including more than 230,000 visits to its emergency departments — more than any other area hospital. NewYork-Presbyterian provides state-of-the-art inpatient, ambulatory and preventive care in all areas of medicine at five major centers: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Allen Pavilion and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division. One of the largest and most comprehensive health care institutions in the world, the Hospital is committed to excellence in patient care, research, education and community service. It ranks sixth in U.S.News & World Report's guide to "America's Best Hospitals," ranks first on New York magazine's "Best Hospitals" survey, has the greatest number of physicians listed in New York magazine's "Best Doctors" issue, and is included among Solucient's top 15 major teaching hospitals. The Hospital's mortality rates are among the lowest for heart attack and heart failure in the country, according to a 2007 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) report card. The Hospital has academic affiliations with two of the nation's leading medical colleges: Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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