David W. Rowan has served as Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of the Cleveland Clinic since June 2005. In 2006 he was appointed to a newly-created position of Chief Governance Officer and serves on the Clinic’s Board of Governors. From 1995 to 2005, Mr. Rowan served as General Counsel and Secretary of the Cleveland Clinic while remaining a partner in Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP. Mr. Rowan received his J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 1978 and a B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Toledo in 1975. He joined the law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP upon graduation from law school and became a partner in 1987. Mr. Rowan served on the Squire, Sanders & Dempsey Management Committee from 1993-1996. He left Squire, Sanders to become the Chief Legal Officer of the Cleveland Clinic in 2005. The law department that Mr. Rowan leads is responsible for all legal matters of the Cleveland Clinic and its health system.
Mr. Rowan is a frequent speaker on health law and governance topics and has served on many boards. He has worked extensively on international healthcare and other multinational ventures. Mr. Rowan currently serves as a Trustee of the Diversity Center, which is committed to social justice, and as a Trustee on the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the Irish American Law Society of Cleveland.
Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. 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. 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. About 3,400 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 14,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. In addition to its main campus, Cleveland Clinic operates 11 community hospitals and 18 Family Health Centers in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, which is a partnership between Cleveland Clinic and Mubadala Development Company. In 2015, there were more than 6.62 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 164,704 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from 180 countries around the world.