Chief Caregiver Officer is New Cleveland American Heart Association Board President

Dr. Kelly Hancock helps lead local community health goals

Cleveland Clinic Chief Caregiver Officer, K. Kelly Hancock, DNP, RN, NE-BC, FAAN, has been named Board President of the Cleveland American Heart Association (AHA).

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In her role, Dr. Hancock serves as the association’s medical spokesperson and works alongside Board Chair Nick Liberatore of Parker Hannifin Corporation to accomplish Cleveland AHA’s revenue and health goals. Providing overall direction for the association, including counsel and guidance that will advance the mission and influence of the AHA in the community, Dr. Hancock’s primary focus as Board President is health impact and community health outreach.

With clinical expertise in cardiology and more than two decades in healthcare leadership, Dr. Hancock brings a combination of skills, experience and passion to her AHA position. She began her career as a registered nurse in Cleveland Clinic’s renowned Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute, where she worked for many years, holding senior nursing director and nursing director positions.

“I’ve always had a passion for heart health and am honored to hold this position and further inspire the AHA’s commitment to build a culture of health in our communities,” Dr. Hancock said. “We are on a mission to fight heart disease and stroke and our important work aims to save and improve lives.”

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Dr. Hancock is a long-standing member of the AHA. She has served on the association’s Executive Leadership Committee, the Go Red for Women and STEM Goes Red teams and was a Past Campaign Chair for the Cleveland American Heart Walk, which is held annually in September.

The AHA is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting cardiovascular diseases, with health equity at its core. For the past year, Dr. Hancock served as AHA Cleveland’s President-Elect. She will hold the Board President role through 2023.