Pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Cleve­land Clinic

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“One day, the guy be­low deck an­nounced that it was a sewer and he wasn’t go­ing down there any­more, so I took his job. My nick­name was Sewer Man, and ever since, Amer­ica’s Cup boats have that po­si­tion.”

“We had 100 beds and two doc­tors and evac­u­ated 22,000 sick and wounded. On my days off, I flew com­bat mis­sions and worked in a Viet­namese hos­pi­tal.”

“I was a pretty good stu­dent in a not very aca­dem­i­cally in­clined high school.”

“I was a history ma­jor. It was the only thing I could ma­jor in, be­cause my grades were so bad in ev­ery­thing else.”

“One day I was read­ing the news­pa­per to a teacher I was dat­ing, and she said, ‘You’re dyslexic.’ She was right.”

“Heart surgery is an ath­letic event, and I was get­ting to the point where per­haps I needed to stop. I was con­sid­er­ing ven­ture cap­i­tal, and then the CEO an­nounced his re­tire­ment and asked me to throw my hat in.”

“They were do­ing 3,000 coro­nary by­passes a year, so I in­stantly be­came one of the busiest heart sur­geons in the coun­try.”

Per­form­ing surgery at the Cleve­land Clinic, 2006

Demon­strat­ing the blood con­ser­va­tion tech­nol­ogy he in­vented, 1980. To­day, Cos­grove has 30 patents for sur­gi­cal prod­ucts.

Pro­vid­ing health ser­vices to fam­i­lies in Viet­nam, 1968

With his wife and daugh­ters, 2000

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