About Us

Cleveland Clinic Innovations (CCI) is the commercialization arm of Cleveland Clinic. CCI turns the breakthrough inventions of Cleveland Clinic employees into patient-benefiting medical products. The creation of new business opportunities allows CCI to deliver Cleveland Clinic’s unique capabilities into the commercial market, while aiding in the economic growth of Northeast Ohio and beyond. CCI facilitates an inclusive entrepreneurial environment where invention is fostered as an activity in which all can participate - physicians, nurses, researchers, administrators, etc. CCI’s comprehensive approach includes sophisticated deal teams, domain experts, investment funds, executives-in-residence, allied investors, seed and technology validation funds, incubation, preclinical and prototype facilities - all poised to create companies and commercially deploy new medical technology.

Since 2000, 75 companies have been enabled by Cleveland Clinic technology and expertise; nearly three-quarters of these companies have received more than $910 million in equity investment to date. CCI has transacted over 500 licenses and has more than 2,700 patent applications - with 700 issued patents. These numbers speak to the commitment of medical advancement through innovation as evident by an ever increasing community of collaborators across nearly every aspect of Cleveland Clinic. CCI’s dedication to the successful commercialization of innovative solutions continues to receive international recognition.

In addition to innovative medical devices, therapeutics, and health IT, CCI delivers enterprise solutions to market. This includes robust services around opportunity evaluation, transaction support, business planning and development. CCI has also established the Global Healthcare Innovations Alliance, a coalition that includes some of the most renowned healthcare and research organizations in the U.S. as well as the world. The Alliance aims to combine efforts in research, clinical investigation, technology development and commercialization. This unprecedented approach will ensure that patients benefit from a diverse and collaborative culture of innovation.


Thomas Graham, MD,
Chief Innovation Officer

Thomas Graham, MD  |  Chief Innovation Officer

Thomas J. Graham, MD, is the Chief Innovation Officer of Cleveland Clinic, the technology commercialization and corporate venturing arm of Cleveland Clinic, where he holds the Justice Family Chair in Medical Innovations.  Additionally, Dr. Graham is the Vice-Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery of Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. 
Dr. Graham has extensive clinical expertise in surgery of the hand, wrist and elbow with special concentration on complicated reconstruction after trauma, complex elbow disorders and congenital hand surgery. His practice is recognized as the premier destination for the care of the professional athlete’s hand and wrist, worldwide.
As Chief Innovation Officer, Dr. Graham leverages his experience as a serial entrepreneur and one of the Clinic’s most prolific inventors to grow the success that Cleveland Clinic Innovations has established as a world leader in commercializing the creative thought of global academic innovators. Graham was responsible for establishing the Healthcare Innovation Alliance that promotes collaboration between Academic Medical Centers and Research Universities to develop technologies to improve and extend human life.
Graham has chronicled Cleveland Clinic’s journey to primacy as an innovation crucible in an upcoming book, Innovation the Cleveland Clinic Way: Powering & Practicing Mission-Driven Innovation (McGraw-Hill).  In it, he details the pioneering work the institution has performed to establish the processes that yield breakthrough discovery that improves and extends human life, as well as stimulate community economic development.
A graduate of Williams College, he received his M.D. from the University of Cincinnati. He completed his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at the University of Michigan and a fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at the famed Indiana Hand Center, with additional training in Elbow Surgery at Mayo Clinic. He completed the two-year Executive Program in Healthcare Management, jointly sponsored by Cleveland Clinic and the Weatherhead School of Business of Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Graham is involved in multiple civic initiatives and organizations, especially those which advance innovation, community health and economic development.  These include his Chairmanship of the Executive Advisory Board for the Global Center for Health Innovation and BioEnterprise.  
Dr. Graham is married to his childhood sweetheart, CeCe, and they have two adult daughters, Margaret and Elizabeth.  He enjoys golf, outdoor activities, travel and anatomic drawing. 

Contact Information:

Email: grahamt@ccf.org
Phone: 216-445-2253

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