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One of Cleveland Clinic’s top docs to retire at the end of this year

Cleveland Clinic Chief of Staff Joseph Hahn, M.D., will retire at the end of this year after nearly four decades as a neurosurgeon, the health system said. Brian Donley, M.D., the current president of the community hospitals and family health centers, will assume the chief of staff position the next day. Dr. Hahn joined the Cleveland […]

Cleveland Clinic Chief of Staff Joseph Hahn, M.D., will retire at the end of this year after nearly four decades as a neurosurgeon, the health system said.

Brian Donley, M.D., the current president of the community hospitals and family health centers, will assume the chief of staff position the next day.

Dr. Hahn joined the Cleveland Clinic staff in 1976 in the Department of Neurosurgery, becoming chairman in 1981. He was named chairman of the Division of Surgery in 1987 and served in that role until 2003. He is  the longest-serving chair in the organization’s history.

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In 2003, Dr. Hahn launched Cleveland Clinic Innovations, establishing a means by which Cleveland Clinic doctors could commercialize their medical discoveries. In 2005, he was appointed chief of staff.

Dr. Donley joined Cleveland Clinic’s Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute in 1996, serving in various roles over time, including vice chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics, director of the Foot and Ankle Center, director of the Foot and Ankle Fellowship, and director of Research and Education for Foot and Ankle Surgery.