Brian Donley, M.D., is Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian. In this role, he is responsible for directing the strategy and operations of NewYork-Presbyterian, developing the healthcare system’s patient-centered culture and strategic vision along with achieving the operating targets across the enterprise.
Dr. Donley, an orthopedic surgeon, has extensive expertise in clinical medicine and integrated healthcare delivery system operations. He is an experienced leader, guiding teams through uncertain and complex situations with a strong focus on empathy, culture, quality, and innovation. Prior to joining NYP in 2023, he served for over 25 years in numerous leadership positions at Cleveland Clinic. As CEO of Cleveland Clinic London from 2018-2022, he led a team in pushing through historic challenges posed by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Together they developed and opened Cleveland Clinic’s first hospital in Europe, a state-of-the art, 184-bed inpatient and ambulatory facility.
Previously Dr. Donley served as Cleveland Clinic’s Chief of Clinical Enterprise, leading the team of 45,000 people responsible for all clinical operations throughout North America. Before that, he was President of Cleveland Clinic’s Regional Hospitals and Family Health Centers. He also served as Vice Chair of its Department of Orthopedic Surgery, and is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons.
Dr. Donley attended the University of Notre Dame, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Michigan. He also attended Harvard Business School, completing the Advanced Management Program.