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MetroHealth’s Akram Boutros recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives

MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE

CLEVELAND -- MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE, has been named one of America’s 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives by Modern Healthcare.

The honor, from one of the industry’s largest and most respected news outlets, recognizes the top clinicians in health care as selected by their peers and the magazine’s senior editors for extraordinary leadership qualities, innovation, service to patients and community, and achievements inside and outside of their organizations.

Modern Healthcare recognized Dr. Boutros for navigating the system through the pandemic both operationally and financially while also opening new access points for patient care, addressing social determinants of health through the system’s Institute for H.O.P.E.TM, breaking ground on a new affordable-housing project and continuing the on-time-and-on-budget construction of The MetroHealth Glick Center, the system’s new main campus 11-floor hospital scheduled to open in autumn of 2022.

“I'm honored to represent 7,800 colleagues at MetroHealth who have been instrumental in achieving this recognition,” Dr. Boutros said. “We are driven by the relentless pursuit of healthy thriving communities for everyone.”

Since arriving at MetroHealth in 2013, Dr. Boutros has led an unprecedented transformation of Cuyahoga County’s public hospital system, guiding a stunning turnaround in financial performance, an impressive expansion of access and a galvanizing rebirth of mission and culture within the system. During his tenure, long-held perceptions of MetroHealth have crumbled. The system has become one of the most admired public health systems in the nation,  an influential leader in community health and a true peer to Cleveland’s other major health care institutions.

Modern Healthcare’s list of the 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives includes clinicians leading health systems, Ivy League medical schools, corporate health initiatives and more. Others on the list include CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy and Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

“The 2021 class of 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives did not shy away from the challenges of caring for patient populations during a pandemic,” said Modern Healthcare editor Aurora Aguilar. “They found inspiration in knocking down hurdles and fighting for top quality care for their patients and staff.”

The complete list of recipients is featured in the June 21 issue of Modern Healthcare, and profiles of the honorees are available at

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About The MetroHealth System

The MetroHealth System is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.

The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.

As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.

Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.

The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.

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