The Cleveland Clinic has announced Brian Donley as CEO of its London business.

Donley, who is currently chief of staff and chief of clinical operations at the US healthcare giant’s Ohio base, will lead the opening of its new 205-bed hospital in central London, which is due to open in 2020. He takes up the role with immediate effect but will continue in his existing role, commuting between London and Cleveland, until a successor is found.

As with all of the Cleveland’s senior management team, Donley is a qualified clinician. He joined the company in 1986 as an orthopaedic surgeon and has held numerous leadership positions within the organisation, including president of regional hospitals and family health centres. He also is a professor of surgery in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.

Commenting on his new role, Donley said: ‘I’m confident in our collective ability to introduce our unique model of care into the London healthcare landscape. Our mission, vision and values translate well to all areas of the globe.’

The new hospital at 33 Grosvenor Place will cover 198,000sqft spread over six floors. It will include eight operating rooms as well as a full imaging suite, endoscopy and catheterisation labs and will focus on general surgery, cardiology and neurology.

Cleveland Clinic CEO and president Tom Mihaljevic said Donley was ‘exceptionally qualified’ to take on the role. ‘His deep understanding of Cleveland Clinic’s operations and culture will enable him to bring this vision to life, offering Londoners a new model of patient care that is innovative, research-based, and physician-led. Our goal is to provide patients with access to outstanding clinical care that is delivered efficiently and puts patients at the centre of everything we do,’ he added.