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David W. Rowan

Chief Legal Officer; Chief Governance Officer and Secretary at Cleveland Clinic

David W. Rowan

David W. Rowan has served as Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of Cleveland Clinic since June 2005. In 2006 he was appointed to a newly-created position of Chief Governance Officer and serves on Cleveland Clinic’s Board of Governors.

Mr. Rowan received his JD 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. He left Squire, Sanders to become the Chief Legal Officer of Cleveland Clinic in 2005. The law department that Mr. Rowan leads is responsible for all legal matters of Cleveland Clinic and its health system.

Mr. Rowan is a frequent speaker on health law and governance topics and has served on many not-for-profit boards. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Diversity Center, which is committed to social justice.

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