Robert Wyllie, MD
Robert Wyllie, MD, is currently Chief Medical Operations Officer, Professor, Lerner College of Medicine and Vice Chair of the Office of Professional Staff Affairs. He is former Physician-in-Chief of the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, former Chair of the Pediatric Institute, and Calabrese Chair of Pediatrics and former Interim Chair of the Digestive Disease Institute. He also founded and led for many years the Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology, a premier program with one of the only active bowel, liver, and pancreas transplant services in the country. He has authored over 150 scientific publications and edits Pediatric Gastroentestinal Disease, a standard text in the field, now in its fourth edition. Dr. Wyllie is listed in “Best Doctors in America” and “America’s Top Doctors”, and has been recognized for many years as one of the “Top Doctors” in Northeast Ohio and in Cleveland.
Since Dr. Wyllie took the helm of the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital in 2006, he recruited 100 pediatric medical and surgical physicians and integrated three hospitals and over a dozen community health centers into a regional Children’s Hospital Health Care System. He founded a pediatric transport system which brings in over 1000 children a year, doubled the number of outpatient visits to 500,000 per year, and grew the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital to be the largest provider of pediatric care in northeast Ohio - with twice of volume of pediatric visits and 50% more surgical procedures than average children’s hospitals throughout the United States.
Dr. Wyllie’s other innovations include building a special delivery unit for infants with health problems identified in utero, establishing one of the few pediatric pain programs in the country, opening a new autism school, and developing a pediatric intensive care unit with one of the highest observed-to-expected survival rates in the country. Under Dr. Wyllie’s leadership, the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital became the provider rated highest in Northeast Ohio by US News and World Report.