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Lisa Yerian, MD - Cleveland Clinic. Cleveland, OH, US

Lisa Yerian, MD

Medical Director, Continuous Improvement Director, Hepatobilliary Pathology; Assistant Professor of Pathology | Cleveland Clinic


An expert in continuous improvement in healthcare and continuous improvement tools including business intelligence dashboards





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Lisa Yerian, MD: Leading Change and Organizational Culture Webinar: Continuous Improvement in Healthcare



Lisa Yerian, MD, joined the Department of Anatomic Pathology at Cleveland Clinic in 2004 after training in gastrointestinal and liver pathology at the University of Chicago.

At Cleveland Clinic, she serves as Director of Hepatobiliary Pathology and shares a joint appointment in the Transplantation Center. She is also a member of the Gastrointestinal Pathology service and an Assistant Professor of Pathology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.

Board-certified in anatomic pathology, Dr. Yerian has many clinical interests, including the histologic diagnosis of liver and gastrointestinal diseases. Her specific research interests include fatty liver disease and the development of cancer in chronic hepatitis. Dr. Yerian has a longstanding commitment to pathology education and directs national courses in Liver Pathology and Gastrointestinal Pathology.

A member of several national education committees, Dr. Yerian is a frequent lecturer on continuous improvement processes and projects.

Industry Expertise (4)

Health Care - Services

Health Care - Providers

Health Care - Facilities

Health and Wellness

Areas of Expertise (4)

Leading Change and Organizational Culture

Continuous Improvement in Healthcare

Organizational Learning and Improvement

Application in Continuous Improvement Principles

Education (2)

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine: MD, Medicine 2000

University of Notre Dame: Bachelor, Biology 1996

Affiliations (4)

  • Cleveland Clinic
  • United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
  • University of Notre Dame

Event Appearances (7)

The Journey Towards Excellence: Improving Quality and Creating Value at an Academic Medical Center

UCSF LivingPRIDE Institute  San Francisco, California


Application and Rollout of Business Reviews to Break Down Silos, Support Alignment, and Create Efficiencies in a Large Healthcare Organization

6th Annual Leadership Summit on PI in Healthcare  Chicago, Illinois


Applying Continuous Improvement in Healthcare

Cleveland Clinic Academy  Cleveland, Ohio


How Healthcare Organizations Learn and Improve

USCAP Annual Meeting  Vancouver, British Columbia


Piloting a Continuous Improvement "Model Cell"

New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation  New York, New York


Continuous Improvement in Healthcare

Association for Manufacturing Excellence  Dallas, Texas


What are the Current Best Practice Models and Opportunities for Improving Efficiency (revenue/cost, work/product/time) of our Care?

Cleveland Clinic Health Care Quality Innovation Summit  Cleveland, Ohio


Sample Talks (1)

Continuous Improvement in Healthcare

Dr. Yerian explains various continuous improvement tools including Six Sigma, Lean, FasTrac and business intelligence dashboards and how to apply them to healthcare, while retaining a philosophy of serving leadership and respect for the worker. She also outlines the basic steps for improvement and shows how to repeat and sustain them. Finally, Dr. Yerian gives myriad examples of how Cleveland Clinic has used continuous improvement tools to create major efficiencies and reduce cost.


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