Robert Wyllie

Chief Medical Operations Officer at Cleveland Clinic

Robert Wyllie

Robert Wyllie

Chief Medical Operations Officer at Cleveland Clinic


Biographical Sketch

Robert Wyllie, MD, is Chief of Medical Operations at Cleveland Clinic since 2011. In this position he is responsible for the activities of a variety of units including Business Intelligence, Pharmacy, Continuous Improvement, Hospital Throughput, Surgical Operations, and Critical Care Transport. Dr. Wyllie also oversees the operations of Service Line Performance Management, driving down the cost of health care while improving quality and enhancing patient experience.

Cleveland Clinic is a world leader in hospital transfers, with nearly 2000 transfers per month from 48 states and 22 countries. Cleveland Clinic’s Main Campus is among the largest and busiest hospitals in the United States, with 55,000 admissions in 2012. As a large academic medical center, Cleveland Clinic’s surgical operations are ranked among the most efficient in the United States, with 80% utilization. Cleveland Clinic has been recognized by the University Hospital Consortium for its outstanding work in quality and efficiency, winning an award as the Most Improved Hospital among academic medical centers in the United States in 2012. To discuss these activities and accomplishments, Dr. Wyllie is invited each year to the World Conference of Health Care.

Before Cleveland Clinic’s President and CEO, Dr. Delos Cosgrove, brought him onto his Executive Team, Dr. Wyllie was Chief of Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, Chairman of the Pediatric Institute, and the first holder of the Calabrese Endowed Chair in Pediatrics. During his five years in the position, Dr. Wyllie recruited 160 physicians and tripled the number of pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists at Cleveland Clinic. Under his leadership, every pediatric specialty became ranked nationally by US News & World Report, and Cleveland Clinic’s became the highest rated Children’s Hospital in northern Ohio. He built a system for pediatric care across northeast Ohio, with three level 3 neonatal intensive care units staffed 24/7 by pediatric neonatologists and community hospitals staffed at all times by on-site pediatricians. Under Dr. Wyllie’s leadership, Cleveland Clinic’s Children’s Hospital grew to be the largest provider of pediatric services in northeast Ohio.

Dr. Wyllie is also a world renowned pediatric gastroenterologist with subspecialty interest in inflammatory bowel disease and complex endoscopic procedures. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, and has been repeatedly named among Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors, Best Doctors in America, and Consumers’ Checkbook Guide to Top Doctors. Other prominent roles at Cleveland Clinic include Member of the Board of Governors, Vice Chair of the Office of Professional Staff Affairs, and Past President of the Professional Staff.

Dr. Wyllie is a member of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterological Association, the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. He is editor of a major textbook in pediatric gastroenterology, starting on its fifth edition, and has authored over 130 articles in scientific journals including New England Journal of Medicine, Pediatrics, Journal of Pediatrics, Clinical Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, American Family Physician, Journal of Nuclear Medicine, Hepatology, and the American Academy of Pediatrics update. He has presented at more than 185 national and international scientific meetings and has delivered more than 135 presentations at hospitals and medical centers.

Dr. Wyllie graduated with honors from the Indiana University School of Medicine, where he also completed a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition. Dr. Wyllie earned membership in Phi Beta Kappa while pursuing his undergraduate degree at Indiana University and received the Lyman Mieks Award as the outstanding student in pediatrics. His wife, Dr. Elaine Wyllie, is a world renowned pediatric epileptologist at Cleveland Clinic, and their two sons are pursuing exciting careers in science and technology.

Professional Highlights

* Calabrese Chair of Pediatrics, 2007
* America’s Top Doctors, 2001-2012
* Best Doctors in America,1996-2012
* Phi Beta Kappa, Indiana University
* Graduated with Honors, Indiana University School of Medicine

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Indiana University Medical Center
Indianapolis, IN USA
Residency - Indiana University Medical Center
Indianapolis, IN USA
Internship - Indiana University Medical Center
Pediatric Internship
Indianapolis, IN USA
Medical School - Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN USA
Undergraduate - Indiana University
Bloomington, IN USA


* Pediatrics
* Pediatrics- Pediatric Gastroenterology

Specialty Interests

Crohn's Disease, inflammatory bowel disease, pediatric gastroenterology, Ulcerative Colitis, Diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, Inflammatory bowel disease

Awards & Honors

* Calabrese Chair of Pediatrics
* America’s Top Doctors since 2001
* Best Doctors in America since 1995
* Lyman Mieks Award, Indiana University School of Medicine (Outstanding student – Pediatrics)
* Graduated with Honors, Indiana University School of Medicine
* Phi Beta Kappa, Indiana University

Innovations & Patents

The use of biologic therapies in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Developed advanced endoscopic techniques for the closure of tracheo-esophageal fistulae and foreign body removal.


* American Academy of Pediatrics
* American College of Gastroenterology
* North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
* American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
* American Gastroenterological Association

Treatment & Services

* Colonoscopy
* Diagnostic Endoscopy
* Egd
* Therapeutic Endoscopy

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

* Crohn's Disease
* Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
* Ulcerative Colitis

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. The Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, the Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 10/15/2013, Dr. Wyllie has reported no financial relationship with industry that

Career Highlights

Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for Rehabilitation

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Chair of Department of Community Pediatrics, Willoughby Hills Family Health Center at Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for Rehabilitation

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Chair, Department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology at Cleveland Clinic

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Director & Chairman-Government Relations at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

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Chief Financial Officer at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

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Chairman, Department of Community Internal Medicine at Cleveland Clinic

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Chief Research & Academic Officer at Cleveland Clinic

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President Emeritus at Keybank NA

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Former Vice Chairman at National City Corp.

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Specialty Chemicals at Resilience Capital Partners LLC

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Former Professional at Hall Financial Group, Inc.

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In The News
Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio)
November 26, 2020
Tracing reveals how health care workers contracted virus
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)
November 24, 2020
Hospitals struggle as COVID-19 cases reach new heights; COVID-19
Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio)
November 24, 2020
Hospitals tell of staffing strain as cases surge
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Robert Wyllie
Chief Medical Operations Officer at Cleveland Clinic
MD with Honors
Class of 1976

Indiana University School of Medicine is a school.

Undergraduate Degree, Phi Beta Kappa
Class of 1972

Indiana University is a major multi-campus public research institution, grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, and a world leader in professional, medical, and technological education. Indiana University’s mission is to provide broad access to undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education for students throughout Indiana, the United States, and the world, as well as outstanding academic and cultural programs and student services. Indiana University seeks to create dynamic partnerships with the state and local communities in economic, social, and cultural development and to offer leadership in creative solutions for 21st century problems. Indiana University strives to achieve full diversity, and to maintain friendly, collegial, and humane environments, with a strong commitment to academic freedom.


American Academy of Pediatrics operates as a professional association of pediatricians to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. The company was founded on June 23, 1930 and is headquartered in Elk Grove Village, IL.


American Gastroenterological Association is a private company headquartered in Bethesda, MD, that engages in science and practice of gastroenterology.The company says this about itself: The American Gastroenterological Association is the trusted voice of the GI community. Founded in 1897, the AGA has grown to more than 16,000 members from around the globe who are involved in all aspects of the science, practice and advancement of gastroenterology. The AGA Institute administers the practice, research and educational programs of the organization.


American College of Gastroenterology is a nonprofit company headquartered in Bethesda, MD. The firm operates as medical association of gastroenterologists.The company says this about itself: Founded in 1932, the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) is an organization with an international membership of more than 14,000 individuals from 86 countries. The College's vision is to be the pre-eminent professional organization that champions the evolving needs of clinicians in the delivery of high-quality, evidence-based and compassionate health care to gastroenterology patients. The mission of the College is to advance world-class care for patients with gastrointestinal disorders through excellence, innovation and advocacy in the areas of scientific investigation, education, prevention and treatment.

Career History
Chief Medical Operations Officer

Cleveland Clinic operates multispecialty academic medical center and hospitals. It offers outpatient care, primary care, numerous subspecialties and numerous locations. The company was founded in 1921 and is headquartered in Cleveland, OH.

Fellow in Gastroenterology
1977 - 1980

Indiana University Medical Center, a subsidiary of Indiana University Health, Inc., is an American company located in Indianapolis, IN. The firm provides radiology, surgical oncology and plastic surgery services.

Chairman, Pediatric Institute

Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for Rehabilitation provides healthcare services. The company is headquartered in Cleveland, OH.

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Governors

Cleveland Clinic operates multispecialty academic medical center and hospitals. It offers outpatient care, primary care, numerous subspecialties and numerous locations. The company was founded in 1921 and is headquartered in Cleveland, OH.

Tenure Unconfirmed


Awards & Honors
Indiana University School of Medicine - Lyman Mieks Award, Outstanding Student in Pediatrics
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