University Hospitals and Northeast Ohio Medical University Announce Newly Expanded Affiliation Agreement

Thursday, June 09, 2022

Broadens collaboration and expands clinical opportunities for students to address the health care workforce shortage

University Hospitals (UH) and Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) have announced a new affiliation agreement that supports the joint aim of developing leadership and deploying a transformational workforce who heal, teach and discover, and care for the underserved populations within both Cuyahoga County and other Ohio counties.

The agreement expands an affiliation that began in 2012 and has included clinical rotations for NEOMED students enrolled its Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy, and among various specialties such as Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Ob-Gyn, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Surgery. UH also supports programs in NEOMED’s College of Graduate Studies including its Master of Medical Science in Anesthesia and Master of Leadership in Health Systems Science.

The new five-year agreement, effective July 1, 2022, establishes joint oversight of financial investment and program development in six key areas of collaboration that include and extend beyond providing program rotations and other learning experiences for NEOMED students: educational activities, leadership and faculty development, innovation, research, clinical activities and workforce development.

“Collaboration, with a focus on diversity and innovation, is the only way to improve health for all communities, particularly in Ohio where health disparities continue to be a critical problem,” said NEOMED President John Langell, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., M.B.A. “This new level of collaboration between UH and NEOMED will allow us to provide a better educational experience, conduct more impactful research, and deliver better service to our communities.”

Under the agreement, UH will increase the number of clinical rotation opportunities and practice experiences for NEOMED students at UH locations and invest in onsite facilities for students and faculty at the UH Cleveland Medical Center main campus.

“Through this new affiliation agreement, more NEOMED students will have exposure to deep, rich learning experiences that are possible within our expansive UH health system and nationally acclaimed UH Cleveland Medical Center, where we have many leading health care professionals who are dedicated to teaching our next generation of clinicians,” said Daniel Simon, M.D., president, academic & external affairs and chief scientific officer, Ernie and Patti Novak Distinguished Chair in Health Care Leadership.

Together UH and NEOMED view the new affiliation as a means to bring positive change to the health care workforce shortage that is impacting access to care locally and nationally.

“We expect NEOMED students who complete their rotations at UH will be more likely to join our health system or practice here in Northeast Ohio following their graduation,” Dr. Simon added.

An Innovation Advisory Committee, comprised of leaders of UH, NEOMED and joint faculty who are engaged in innovation, will be formed to identify best practices and opportunities to innovate further across the key areas of collaboration, including advances in education for students and care for patients.

UH and NEOMED will also collaborate on research to grow and enhance their respective research portfolios and establish a robust joint research enterprise. The two institutions will develop practices and procedures that optimize research funding, including grant sponsorship, submission and compliance functions for joint research.

“University Hospitals is honored to be selected by NEOMED as their major affiliate. We are excited to work with them on broader aspects of the evolving future of health care and growing our community of caregivers to serve Northeast Ohio,” said Dr. Simon.

In addition to NEOMED, UH has academic affiliations with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Oxford University and the Technion Israel Institute of Technology.

NEOMED collaborates with many major health systems and pharmacies in Northeast Ohio to provide clinical training and practice experiences for its students.

”By training even more health professionals, we will advance access to care and improve quality — which is everyone’s business. University Hospitals’ commitment to education, discovery and service helps make that possible. And the scope of the agreement makes them a major affiliate for NEOMED,” said Dr. Langell.

Founded in 1973, Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) harnesses diversity, innovation, and collaboration to create transformative leaders and improve health through education, discovery and service. NEOMED values leadership, excellence, advocacy, diversity, equity and respect. The University has three Colleges — Medicine, Pharmacy and Graduate Studies — and offers Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degrees, as well as master’s and doctoral degrees and research opportunities in other medical and life science areas. In addition to the basic sciences at its Colleges, NEOMED conducts research to advance innovation and research in health care through six research focus areas of excellence. NEOMED’s unique areas of service include Coordinating Centers of Excellence which disseminate best practices for treating mental illness; online didactics and onsite training through several programs; and patient services through its centers at NEOMED Health Care and its award-winning Student-run Free Clinic. Learn more at
About University Hospitals / Cleveland, Ohio
Founded in 1866, University Hospitals serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of 23 hospitals (including 5 joint ventures), more than 50 health centers and outpatient facilities, and over 200 physician offices in 16 counties throughout northern Ohio. The system’s flagship quaternary care, academic medical center, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Oxford University and the Technion Israel Institute of Technology. The main campus also includes the UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation; UH MacDonald Women's Hospital, Ohio's only hospital for women; and UH 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, with more than 3,000 active clinical trials and research studies underway. 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 19 Clinical Care Delivery and Research Institutes. UH is one of the largest employers in Northeast Ohio with more than 30,000 employees. Follow UH on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. For more information, visit

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