Robert S. Juhasz, DO, an AOA board-certified internist from Concord Township, Ohio, is the 118th president of the AOA.
Dr. Juhasz serves as president of Cleveland Clinic’s South Pointe Hospital in Warrensville Heights, Ohio, where he worked his way up from an after-school job as a dishwasher. “Out of all the positions I held at the hospital, I really enjoyed being an orderly because it was an opportunity to help patients meet their basic needs and I always felt the appreciation of not only the patients but their families as well,” says Dr. Juhasz. “Many of my mentors taught me that we could improve health care by treating patients the way we would want ourselves and our families to be treated. As AOA president, I want to ensure DOs have the resources they need to provide the best care for their patients.”
One of Dr. Juhasz's goals as president is to facilitate more osteopathic medical research, which, he says, would provide DOs fact-based research to communicate their distinctiveness to their patients, their colleagues and the world.
Putting Patients First
A pioneer in the adoption of electronic health records, Dr. Juhasz was actively involved with the implementation of the electronic medical record system at the Cleveland Clinic before many physicians used these systems. In 2005, he participated in a panel with President George W. Bush to discuss the benefits of electronic medical records.
Another project Dr. Juhasz has been instrumental in is the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM), Cleveland Clinic Extension Campus, which will welcome its inaugural class next year on the South Pointe Hospital campus. The extension campus will improve access to primary care physicians in northeast Ohio. Dr. Juhasz served as an associate dean at OU-HCOM, where he is an associate clinical professor of medicine. He is also assistant clinical professor at the Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western University in Cleveland.
Dr. Juhasz has made a difference in his community serving as the co-chair of the physician section of the professional division of the cabinet for United Way of Lake County in Ohio in 2011 and is a Lake County Medical Reserve Corps volunteer. He also is a member of the Tri-City Chamber of Commerce and the St. Gabriel Parish community in Concord Township.
Honors and Awards
Dr. Juhasz’s commitment to providing excellence in patient care has not gone unnoticed. He has been named a “Top Doc” by Cleveland Magazine for several years, including in 2013, and appeared in the former Northern Ohio Live – Best Doctors in Cleveland listing. In addition, he was awarded the Phillips Medal of Public Service by OU-HCOM, received the Ohio Osteopathic Association’s Trustee Award and was named an Honorary Alumnus of OU-HCOM in 2008.
Upon graduating from the Kansas City (Missouri) University of Medicine and Biosciences’ College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Juhasz completed his internship and internal medicine residency training at what is now South Pointe Hospital. Dr. Juhasz is a fellow and diplomat of the American College of Osteopathic Internists, and a fellow of the American College of Physicians.