The Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati Foundation Names Mercy Health - West Hospital’s Creighton Wright, MD

(CINCINNATI; September 10, 2015) – Mercy Health – Cincinnati, which provides advanced, quality, compassionate care in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that Mercy Health – West Hospital’s Vice President of Medical Affairs Creighton Wright, MD will receive the 2015 Daniel Drake Award from the Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati Foundation.

The Academy of Medicine Foundation gives the award annually to physicians who have given generously of themselves to both their patients and their community. Dr. Wright will collect the award at a recognition dinner taking place this evening, Tuesday, September 29.

“I can’t think of a more deserving recipient of this terrific honor,” said Mike Stephens, Mercy Health West Market President and CEO. “Creighton’s entire career has been marked by his generous spirit toward his patients, community and country and he’s an extremely popular and well-liked member of our team. On behalf of everyone at Mercy Health, I congratulate him on receiving this award.” 

Dr. Wright joined Mercy Health – Cincinnati after serving as President of Cardiac, Vascular and Thoracic Surgeons, Inc. He was the Medical Director of Cardiovascular Services for The Health Alliance of Cincinnati and founded and continues to serve as Medical Director of the Cincinnati State Medical Ultrasound Diagnostic Vascular Program. He is a Founding member of the Board of UC Health and was a member of the staffs of Christ Hospital and The Jewish Hospital in 1981 and served as Director of the Department of Surgery and Program Director for the General Surgery Residency at The Jewish Hospital from 1988-2002. The Jewish Hospital’s trustees elected him to the Board of Trustees and he has served on the Executive Committee of the Medical Staff and the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees. 

A native of Washington, D.C., Dr. Wright graduated from Duke University where he was an Angier B. Duke Scholar and an honor graduate, Alpha Omega Alpha, from Duke University Medical School. He completed his general and cardiovascular-thoracic surgical residencies at the University of Virginia before serving in Vietnam as a member of the Department of Surgery and Vascular Surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Colonel Wright then served in the US Army Reserve as commander of the 73rd Combat Support Hospital and then 256th General Hospital USAR. He was Chief of Professional Services for the 803rd Medical Group at King Khalid Military City in Saudi Arabia during The Gulf War. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Kuwait Liberation Medal and the Units under his professional guidance were awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation. Dr. Wright  has previously received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the National Defense Medal (with bronze star), the Southwest Asia Service Medal with two service stars, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal. Dr. Wright attained his MBA from Xavier University.

Recognized as a scientist and educator, Dr. Wright has over 200 publications, including four books, to his credit. He has received awards for excellence in teaching at The University of Virginia, Georgetown University and The Jewish Hospital. The American Heart Association (AHA) recognized him with The Kaplan Visionary Physician Award and The Award of Excellence. Dr. Wright has received the Francis Service Award from the Friars Club and the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. He is a Fellow or Member of many professional societies and has been President of the Association for Academic Surgery, The William H. Muller Surgical Society, The Cincinnati Surgical Society, The Greater Cincinnati Vascular Society and the AHA of Southwest Ohio. He presently is President of the AHA Great Rivers Affiliate Board and Past-Chair of Leadership Development. Dr. Wright is in Who’s Who in America and several specialty Who’s Who listings. Dr. Wright has served on the faculties of The George Washington University, The University of Iowa, The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and currently is Professor of Clinical Surgery at The University of Cincinnati.