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Lisa Yerian, M.D.

Lisa Yerian, M.D.

Chief Improvement Officer, Cleveland Clinic

Lisa Yerian, MDis Chief Improvement Officer and a Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Pathologist at the Cleveland Clinic. She received a BS from the University of Notre Dame in 1996 and completed her medical degree, residency training in Anatomic Pathology and a fellowship in gastrointestinal and liver pathology at the University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine. She joined the Cleveland Clinic in 2004 where she has held several pathology and health system leadership positions. In 2010 Dr. Yerian accepted the newly-created role of Medical Director of Continuous Improvement and in 2019 was named Chief Improvement Officer. She now leads a team of continuous improvement professionals engaged in building a culture of continuous improvement across the Cleveland Clinic Health System. Under her leadership the Cleveland Clinic Improvement Model (CCIM, www.clevelandclinic.org/improve) was developed, tested and refined as a roadmap for the entire organization to pursue a culture of improvement.

Dr. Yerian has authored over 150 manuscripts, articles and book chapters in the fields of pathology and continuous improvement. Her efforts have been recognized in multiple awards including the Association of American Medical Colleges Clinical Care Innovation Challenge Award (2016), and the Smart Culture Conference Buffalo Award (2018). She serves on the Board of Directors for the Lean Enterprise Insitutes and also for Catalysis. She speaks nationally and internationally on pathology and on the pursuit of continuous improvement in healthcare.

Articles by Lisa Yerian, M.D.
Are You Ready for the Next Crisis?
We think the presence of a robust, socio-technically balanced lean management and operating system—based on the Lean Transformation Framework—was invaluable in helping Cleveland Clinic handle the challenges arising from the pandemic, write John Shook and Lisa Yerian. More »