T. Clifford Deveny, 1982
B.S., Denison University
M.D., Medical College of Ohio
Medical Doctor, Healthcare Executive
B.S., Denison University
Cliff Deveny is known for his track record as a leader in the challenging field of population health. As CEO of Summa Health System, a nonprofit integrated health system in Akron, Cliff is leading more than 8,000 employees focused on improving the value of care by improving access to health and wellness resources while reducing costs for the people of Ohio’s Summit County and the surrounding region.
A graduate of Akron’s Firestone High School, Cliff has succeeded in building a strong career while supporting the region where he was raised.
At Denison, he participated in the varsity swimming and diving program, the water polo club, Beta Theta Pi fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa leadership society, and Mortar Board Society for Scholarship, Leadership, and Service. His B.S. in chemistry is the centerpiece of an impressive undergraduate résumé from his time on The Hill, which he remembers fondly for practicing the balance of heavy personal responsibilities aimed toward impact-focused growth.
After Denison, Cliff enrolled in the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, where he earned his M.D. in 1986 and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology in 1990. He launched a long career based in obstetrics and gynecology while also making a tangible impact on the healthcare industry beyond his role as a physician. He spent more than two decades at Summa Health, and in those foundational years, he handled clinical duties and senior leadership roles: president of Summa Physicians, vice president of clinical services and service lines, and chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Cliff’s professional record is accented by his community-oriented pursuits, which were sparked as an aspiring leader at Denison. He has since demonstrated a lifelong commitment to improving access to healthcare with an emphasis on patient population health outcomes. In 2011, he moved to Colorado, where he spent five years as senior vice president of physician services and clinical integration at Catholic Health Initiatives. In that role, he supported the integrated establishment of 12 regional medical groups, national clinical service lines, and a national population health operational platform. After that, as president of Locus Health in Virginia, he guided the development of software solutions for healthcare organizations working to improve population health for pediatric patients.
Cliff is recognized for his passion for improving access to healthcare and overall community wellbeing, particularly in Northeast Ohio. In addition, Denison appreciates the enduring impact made possible by Cliff’s history of generous contributions to the Annual Fund.