Charles Modlin, Kidney Transplant Surgeon from Cleveland Clinic
The Lakeside community will have a rare opportunity on Wednesday, July 13, when Dr. Charles Modlin, M.D., M.B.A., speaks at Orchestra Hall at 1:30 p.m. Modlin is the first and only Black Kidney Transplant Surgeon in the history of the Cleveland Clinic, and one of only approximately 20 Black transplant surgeons in the nation. He will address the subject of his new book It Isn’t Difficult to Do It if You Know How to Do It.
Modlin is currently the Medical Director of Inclusion Diversity Equity at Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland. A native of Chicago, Modlin has overcome enormous odds, roadblocks and trials. In this book, he provides an extensive compilation of the successful strategies used to overcome challenges and accomplish his goals in hopes of encouraging high school and college students whose ambition is to succeed in life. His book also offers navigation around many of the pitfalls that entrap youth and prevent success in college.
Modlin graduated from Northwestern University and Northwestern University Medical School, completed a six-year residency in urology at New York University and a three-year fellowship in kidney transplantation surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. He joined the Cleveland Clinic in 1996.
Modlin is a noted national leader for eliminating health disparities as well as a strong national proponent for educating and informing minority communities regarding the importance of organ donation and increasing minority access to kidney and organ transplantation.
Modlin and his wife, Dr. Sheryl Modlin, an Anesthesiologist at the Cleveland Clinic, have four young adult children.