Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital Announces New Chief Medical Officer


David Peter, MD.

Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital is pleased to announce that David J. Peter, MD, MBA, FACEP, will join the leadership team as Chief Medical Officer. 

Dr. Peter started at Akron General Hospital in 1994, handling documentation and reimbursement for General Emergency Medical Specialists. He went on to serve as vice president for GEMS; Associate Medical Director of Hospice; Chief Medical Officer for Research; Chief Medical Information Officer; Chief Medical Officer for Care Management and Clinical Resources; and beginning in 2012 in his current position as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital.

Dr. Peter received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati Medical College, earning Alpha Omega Alpha honors, and completed his emergency medicine residency at the University of Cincinnati. He earned his MBA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Isenberg School of Management, and a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Thomas More College.

Dr. Peter was instrumental in Akron General’s integration with Cleveland Clinic, providing critical guidance to the health system throughout the process. Dr. Peter’s experience will be a tremendous asset for Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital as they embark upon their integration journey.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 52,000 employees are more than 3,600 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 14,000 nurses, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic’s health system includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 15 regional hospitals (11 in Ohio, four in Florida), more than 150 northern Ohio outpatient locations – including 18 full-service family health centers and three health and wellness centers – and locations in Las Vegas, Nev.; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2017, there were 7.6 million outpatient visits, 229,000 hospital admissions and 207,000 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at Follow us at News and resources available at

 About Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital

Founded by Garnett Radin, R.N., in 1932, Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital is a 332-bed, not for profit hospital offering comprehensive medical services to the Treasure Coast community. The Welsh Heart Center, Scully-Welsh Cancer Center and Scully Endoscopy Center offer full-service programs and a multidisciplinary approach. Healthcare professionals represent specialties including orthopedic services, minimally invasive vascular surgery, neurosurgery, stroke services, robotic surgery, a state-of-the-art wound healing center, bariatric surgery and the only maternity wing in the community. The hospital features all private rooms and is the largest private-sector employer in Indian River County.

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