Akram Boutros

President and CEO, The MetroHealth System

Since 2013, Akram Boutros has piloted an unprecedented transformation of Cuyahoga County’s public health care system.

Under his leadership, MetroHealth has expanded to create an Integrated Delivery System that provides care at more than 20 community health centers, four emergency departments, four clinics in Discount Drug Mart stores, five MetroExpressCare locations and nine pharmacies in addition to the hospital on its main campus. Now a $1 billion operation, MetroHealth caregivers treat patients at more than 1.2 million visits a year.

Over the past three years, The MetroHealth System has improved Cuyahoga County by creating more than 1,000 additional jobs, sending doctors into a dozen Cleveland schools and constructing an $82 million addition to its Critical Care Pavilion. Annual operating revenues have grown from $783 million in 2012 to $934 million in 2015. In 2015, MetroHealth returned $223 million – 24.6 percent of its operating expenses – to Cuyahoga County in free care and community benefit programs. That is 2.8 times the national average.

This year, MetroHealth plans to begin a complete transformation of its main campus including the rebuilding of its hospital, replacing it with a state-of-the-art facility surrounded by green space that is open to the community. The public hospital system plans to fund that project on its own, without any taxpayer support.

An internist with a 25-year record of successful hospital leadership at academic medical centers, community hospitals and specialty hospitals, Dr. Boutros cultivates personal relationships throughout the hospital system and the community along with a climate of personal excellence for everyone he works with.

A graduate of St. John’s University, SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program, he has led organizations through strategic repositioning, operational redesign, clinical and physician integration and population-health and risk-contracting programs. He sees collaboration with other health systems, organizations and local residents as a key driver in fulfilling MetroHealth’s mission of leading the way to a healthier community.

His community service includes chairing the American Heart Association 2015 Cleveland Heart Ball, the most successful in the city’s history, and serving on the boards of:

  • America’s Essential Hospitals

  • American Hospital Association Section for Metro Hospitals Governing Council

  • Cleveland Ballet

  • Cuyahoga Community College Foundation

  • Greater Cleveland Food Bank

  • Greater Cleveland Partnership

  • Global Center for Health Innovation

  • The MetroHealth Foundation

  • Select Assurance Captive

  • United Way of Greater Cleveland

  • Vizient

Some of his recent awards include being named:

  • The American Red Cross 2016 Community Leader

  • One of the 100 Physician Leaders of Hospitals and Health Systems by Becker’s Hospital Review

  • EY 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year for Community Impact in Northeast Ohio

  • A 2015 nominee for Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare

  • One of Northeast Ohio’s Power 150 by Crain’s Cleveland Business

  • To Inside Business Magazine’s Power 100 list