Mercy Health - West Hospital VP of Medical Affairs Creighton B. Wright, MD MBA, FACS, FACPE, on Becker's Hospital Review's List of 100 Hospital and Health System CMOs to Know

(CINCINNATI; March 8, 2016) – Mercy Health – Cincinnati, which provides advanced, quality, compassionate care in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that Becker’s Hospital Review has named Mercy Health – West Hospital Vice President of Medical Affairs Creighton B. Wright, Sr. to its 2016 list of 100 Hospital and Health System CMOs to Know, featuring esteemed clinical leaders from healthcare organizations across the nation.

These chief medical officers and other leaders with equivalent titles, such as Vice Presidents of Medical Affairs, have exhibited dedication to clinical leadership and have contributed to establishing standards of excellence at their respective organizations.

Dr. Wright joined Mercy Health – Cincinnati after serving as President of Cardiac, Vascular and Thoracic Surgeons, Inc. He founded and served as Medical Director of the Cincinnati State Medical Ultrasound Diagnostic Vascular Program. He is a Founding member of the Board of UC Health and had 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. He served as Chief of Staff, Dean for Veterans Affairs at UC and Acting Director of The Cincinnati VA Hospital from 2003-2007.

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 during the Vietnam Era 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 2015 Daniel Drake Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati Foundation, 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. 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 and The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and currently is Professor of Health Sciences at Mount St. Joseph University and Professor of Clinical Surgery at The University of Cincinnati. 

Becker's Hospital Review previously published a version of this list in 2013 and 2014. The full list features individual profiles of all 100 CMOs and is available here: Dr. Wright’s profile is available here:

Note: Individuals did not and cannot pay to be included on the list. CMOs are presented in alphabetical order..