(Chicago, July 19, 2014) — Cleveland Clinic executive Robert S.
Juhasz, D.O., who has been instrumental in helping develop the Ohio
University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s soon-to-open
Cleveland campus, was installed Saturday as president of the
American Osteopathic Association. Dr. Juhasz, who in 2011 was
awarded the Heritage College’s Phillips Medal of Public Service,
gave the commencement address to the college’s Class of 2014 in May.
AOA is the professional membership organization for the nation’s
more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians and osteopathic medical
students. Dr. Juhasz was sworn in as the organization’s 118th
president during its annual House of Delegates meeting in Chicago.
Heritage College Executive Dean Kenneth H. Johnson, D.O., applauded
“Bob Juhasz has been a longtime friend and champion of the Heritage
College, and obviously we’re excited to see him installed as AOA
president,” Johnson said. “I can’t think of a better leader for the
osteopathic medical profession during this time of enormous change
and new possibilities.”
Throughout his four-decade career, Dr. Juhasz, an AOA
board-certified internist, has always strived for professional
growth, working his way up from an after-school job as a dishwasher
to president of what is now Cleveland Clinic’s South Pointe Hospital
in Warrensville Heights.
“Out of all the positions I held at the hospital, I really enjoyed
being an orderly because it was an opportunity to help patients meet
their basic needs, and I always felt the appreciation of not only
the patients but their families as well,” he said. “Many of my
mentors taught me that we could improve health care by treating
patients the way we would want ourselves and our families to be
treated. As AOA president, I want to ensure D.O.s have the resources
they need to provide the best care for their patients.”
Dr. Juhasz has been instrumental in helping the Heritage College, in
partnership with Cleveland Clinic, create its new Cleveland campus
on the South Pointe Hospital site, which will welcome its inaugural
class next July. The new campus is meant to improve access to
primary care physicians in northeast Ohio. Dr. Juhasz recently
served as associate dean for the Heritage College’s northeast Ohio
campus and is an associate clinical professor of medicine at the
college. He is also assistant clinical professor at the Cleveland
Clinic’s Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western University.
A pioneer in the adoption of electronic health records, Dr. Juhasz
was actively involved with implementing the electronic medical
record system at the Cleveland Clinic before many physicians were
using these systems. In 2005, he participated in a panel with
then-President George W. Bush to discuss the benefits of electronic
medical records. Dr. Juhasz uses electronic health records as a tool
to educate patients and to engage them as partners in their care.
He has been named a “Top Doc” by Cleveland Magazine for several
years and appeared in the former Northern Ohio Live – Best Doctors
in Cleveland listing. He has received the Ohio Osteopathic
Association’s Trustee Award and was named an Honorary Alumnus of the
Heritage College in 2008.
After graduating from the Kansas City (Mo.) University of Medicine
and Biosciences’ College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Juhasz
completed his internship and internal medicine residency training at
what is now South Pointe Hospital. He is a fellow and diplomat of
the American College of Osteopathic Internists and a fellow of the
American College of Physicians.
The AOA’s House of Delegates, with more than 500 delegates
representing osteopathic state medical associations, specialty
societies, interns, residents and students from throughout the
country, meets annually in July to set organizational policies and
elect new officers.