Akram Boutros Bio
In his six years as the President and CEO of MetroHealth, the public health system in Cleveland, Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE, has galvanized political leaders, entrepreneurs and the public around supporting community-wide health care many had taken for granted.
With his unwavering commitment to delivering high-quality health care to everyone, Akram Boutros has achieved what many thought was impossible. Under his leadership, The MetroHealth System went to market on its own credit in 2017 and sold $946 million in bonds to rebuild its hospital, revitalize its main campus and resurrect its West Side neighborhood. On April 15, 2019, it broke ground on that 270-room, 11-floor hospital. Two months later, it announced a more than $60 million investment in its Clark-Fulton neighborhood that includes three apartment buildings with shops, restaurants and other amenities.
That hospital is just one piece of the unprecedented transformation of Cuyahoga County’s public health care system Dr. Boutros has piloted since he arrived at MetroHealth in 2013.
In the six years since, he has created an Integrated Delivery System that provides care at more than 20 community health centers, four emergency departments, four clinics in Discount Drug Mart stores, four MetroExpressCare locations and nine pharmacies. Those are in addition to MetroHealth’s main-campus hospital, which is home to the area’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, Ohio's only Ebola Treatment Center and the only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center in the state.
With $1.3 billion in annual revenue, MetroHealth treats more than 300,000 patients at more than 1.4 million visits a year.
In the past six years, The MetroHealth System has also created more than 1,800 additional jobs, sent doctors into a dozen Cleveland schools and constructed an $82 million addition to its Critical Care Pavilion. And last year, MetroHealth returned $219 million – 19.1% of its operating expenses – to Cuyahoga County in free care and community benefit programs. That is nearly two times the national average.
Dr. Boutros’ collaborative spirit has led to dozens of partnerships, including working with the Cleveland public schools to open what is believed to be the only high school inside a hospital. Its first class of seniors will graduate in June 2019, and 100% were accepted to college.
An internist with a 25-year record of successful hospital leadership at academic medical centers, community hospitals and specialty hospitals, Dr. Boutros cultivates personal relationships throughout the hospital system and the community along with an atmosphere of personal excellence for everyone he works with.
Dr. Boutros is a graduate of St. John’s University, SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. He has received an honorary Doctor of Medicine degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University and an honorary doctor of humane letters from Baldwin Wallace University.
His community service includes serving on the boards of:
- America’s Essential Hospitals
- American Hospital Association Section for Metro Hospitals Governing Council
- Blockland Cleveland 1.0
- Blockland Cleveland 2.0
- Cuyahoga Community College Foundation
- Global Center for Health Innovation
- Greater Cleveland Partnership
- The MetroHealth Foundation
- Select Assurance Captive
- Unify Project
Some of his recent awards include being named:
- Recipient of the 2018 George V. Voinovich Municipal Service Award from The Cuyahoga County Mayors & City Managers Association
- Recipient of the 2018 Richard H. Adler Community Leadership Award from the American Jewish Committee Cleveland
- Recipient of the Stokes Leadership Award
- A Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEO to Know
- EY 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year for Community Impact in Northeast Ohio
- A 2015-2018 nominee for Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare
- To Northeast Ohio’s Power 150 by Crain’s Cleveland Business
- Inside Business Magazine’s Power 100 list