The Cleveland Clinic has selected Dr. Brian Harte to serve as the new president of Cleveland Clinic Akron General and the Clinic's southern region beginning Sept. 26.

The Clinic's southern region includes family health and wellness centers in Stow and Tallmadge, as well as express care clinics in Kent, Hudson and Cuyahoga Falls.

The decision was reached after a thorough review by a search committee, with unanimous endorsement by the executive committee of the Akron General Board of Trustees.

"Brian is uniquely qualified to bring transformational leadership to Akron and throughout the southern region," said Dr. J. Stephen Jones, president of Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals and Family Health Centers. "The integration of Cleveland Clinic and Akron General is succeeding at a rapid pace. I'm confident with Brian's experience and proven successful leadership we will continue to drive positive change and to actualize true regionalization and grow our services for the benefit of the Akron community."

Harte, of Shaker Heights, has been with the Cleveland Clinic since 2004, serving in numerous leadership roles. For the past three years, he has served as president of Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital. Prior to Hillcrest, Harte was president of Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital.

Harte has been instrumental in leading Hillcrest Hospital through improvements in safety and quality, while establishing a patient-centered culture of care and clinical alignment, according to a Sept. 7 release from the Cleveland Clinic.

In addition, he has continued to build strong community collaboration and developed a leadership curriculum throughout the hospital.

"I look forward to joining Cleveland Clinic Akron General and working together to continue the momentum in growing and supporting services and programs in the Akron community," Harte said. "Akron General is an incredible health system which provides robust healthcare, and I am honored to serve in this role and expand access for patients throughout Northeast Ohio."

Harte is a practicing hospitalist and the former chairman of the Department of Hospital Medicine and the Medicine Institute at Cleveland Clinic.

He earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and was in private practice for five years prior to joining Cleveland Clinic in 2004.

He is an associate professor of medicine in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. He also currently serves as the President of the Society of Hospital Medicine.