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Robert A. Salata, MD, Named Chair of Medicine at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

News Release

September 20, 2016

Alicia Reale, University Hospitals


CLEVELAND – Following a national search, Robert A. Salata, MD, has been named Chair of the Department of Medicine at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and Physician-in-Chief for the entire UH system. An internationally renowned expert in infectious diseases and global health, Dr. Salata has served as Interim Chairman of the Department of Medicine for the past year. Robert A, Salata, MD

“Bob emerged as the clear choice during an extensive search for a permanent department leader,” said Dan Simon, MD, President of UH Cleveland Medical Center. “He will apply his vast experience and impeccable leadership qualities to enhance alignment of clinical operations, new program development, research collaboration and educational programs with University Hospitals strategic priorities.”

Dr. Salata joined UH in 1985 and served as Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases & HIV Medicine for nearly 20 years as well as Executive Vice-Chair of the Department of Medicine for seven years. He also is Medical Director of Infection Control and Prevention. He is Professor of Medicine, International Health, Epidemiology/ Biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Dr. Salata’s research activities focus on the epidemiology of infectious diseases, clinical trials of new therapeutic agents for emerging infections and clinical HIV/AIDS research. He is internationally recognized as a researcher in clinical trials and has received continuous funding for these activities from the National Institutes of Health.

His clinical interests include the evaluation and management of infections in immunocompromised patients and infections in health care settings. With 28 years of collaboration with colleagues at Mulago Hospital and Markerere University in Uganda, Dr. Salata is a renowned expert in global health and has facilitated activities in Africa beyond infectious diseases to cardiovascular medicine, oncology, neurology and genetics.

Dr. Salata has been recognized as a consummate clinician and educator with a Department of Medicine Teacher of the Year award and as a Master Clinician Educator. He is also the inaugural recipient of the Master Clinician in Infectious Diseases at UH Cleveland Medical Center.

A graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Dr. Salata furthered his medical education with an internal medicine residency at UH, followed by a fellowship in the Divisions of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine at University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.

As Chairman of the Department of Medicine, he oversees the largest department at UH Cleveland Medical Center. There are over 285 full-time physicians and 10 divisions, including cardiovascular medicine, hematology/oncology, gastroenterology and liver disease, infectious disease and HIV Medicine, pulmonary/critical care /sleep medicine, endocrinology, rheumatology, general internal medicine, geriatrics/palliative care and nephrology.


About University Hospitals / Cleveland, Ohio
Founded in 1866, University Hospitals serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of 18 hospitals, more than 40 outpatient health centers and 200 physician offices in 15 counties throughout northern Ohio. The system’s flagship academic medical center, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, located on a 35-acre campus in Cleveland’s University Circle, is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The main campus also includes University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation; University Hospitals MacDonald Women's Hospital, Ohio's only hospital for women; and University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. UH is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research programs in the nation, including cancer, pediatrics, women's health, orthopedics, radiology, neuroscience, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, digestive health, transplantation and urology. UH Cleveland Medical Center is perennially among the highest performers in national ranking surveys, including “America’s Best Hospitals” from U.S. News & World Report. UH is also home to Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals – part of The Harrington Project for Discovery & Development. UH is the second largest employer in northern Ohio with 26,000 employees. For more information, go to