Leader in Medicine

David McConoughey


The American Health Council has warmly welcomed Dr. David McConoughey, DO, as “Best in Medicine.” Working in the healthcare industry for over 10 years, Dr. David McConoughey, DO, from West Lake, Ohio, is highly regarded for his expertise in Critical Care and Emergency Medicine.

Dr. McConoughey first became involved in his profession at a young age. When he was in elementary school, Dr. McConoughey’s mother brought home science and health books from the fair and he would draw organs and gross his brothers out with them. From that moment, he knew he wanted to become a doctor. His mother was a receptionist at the Cleveland Clinic and gave her input on the profession.

Dr. McConoughey went to college and worked in the cafeteria of a hospital where he then got a job in the emergency room department before medical school. The doctors at that hospital took him under their wings and solidified his desire to become a doctor.

Having attained his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) from the Chicago School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007, Dr. McConoughey went on to complete his Internship and Residency at St. John Medical Center, followed by a Fellowship in Critical Care Medicine – Shands at The University of Florida. He also became Board Certified in Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. McConoughey is currently acting as Medical Director at University Hospital St. John Medical Center, where his day-to-day responsibilities include working in the intensive care unit. Dr. McConoughey is on call 24/7 for 10 shifts a month. He treats many different conditions and always comes up with individualized plans of treatments.

University Hospital developed a new vision, a new strategy, and a new model for healthcare delivery in 1993. This new vision called for University Hospitals to better meet the healthcare needs of a significant portion of northeast Ohio through geographic expansion and an increase in the types of services they offer. In the process University Hospitals was transformed from a traditional, single-site academic medical center into broad-based University Hospitals. Today, University Hospitals is one of the nation’s leading health care systems, providing high-quality, patient-centered medical care at locations throughout Northeast Ohio. More than 24,000 physicians and employees constitute University Hospitals and its partnership hospitals, ranking it Northeast Ohio’s second largest private sector employer. UH performs more than 4.5 million outpatient procedures and nearly 63,000 inpatient discharges annually.

Key services provided include; Cancer Services, HealthCare, Medicine, Nursing, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Neurology, Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Otolaryngology, Pediatrics, Rehabilitation Services, Sports Medicine, Surgery, Transplant, and Urology.

Reflecting on his career to date, Dr. McConoughey attributes his success to his perseverance and passion for what he does, as well as to his family who continue to help him to this day. Amongst his many achievements, Dr. McConoughey has held the position of Physician Lead of High Reliability Medicine Project at UH St John Medical Center, has been a Member of the Code Blue Committee, and has resided on both the Faculty of the Emergency Medicine Residency and the Faculty of the Internal Medicine Residency. He was also Chair of the Critical Care Committee and the Code Blue Committee.

Keen to remain at the forefront of his profession, Dr. McConoughey remains affiliated with The Society of Critical Care Medicine, The American College of Chest Physicians and The American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians.

Over the next 5 years Dr. McConoughey hopes to continue growing in the field he loves. When not busy working, Dr. McConoughey enjoys traveling, playing golf, running marathons, and taking care of his mind. He loves spending time with his family in his free time and actively supports GreenPeace.

Medical Director of the Intensive Care Unit at University Hospitals – St. John Medical Center