Dr. John P. Conomy, MD JD
John Paul Conomy is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and educated in that city (Cleveland Public and Parochial Schools, St. Joseph High School) and graduated with honors from John Carroll University. He studied Medicine at St. Louis University where he received his MD degree in 1964. After serving as Medical House Officer at the University, Veteran’s Administration and City Hospitals in St. Louis, he returned to Cleveland and was trained in Neurology (Professor Joseph M. Foley) and Neuropathology (Professor Betty Q. Banker) at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital (MetroHealth Medical Center) and Case Western Reserve University. After decorated service in the United States Air Force during the Viet Nam era, Dr. Conomy served as a Career Research and Teaching Fellow at the Institute of Neurosciences at the University of Pennsylvania (Professor James Sprague, Philadelphia) prior to returning to Cleveland as an Assistant then Associate Professor of Medicine (Neurology) at Case Western Reserve University. In 1975 Dr. Conomy was appointed Chairman, Department of Neurology, at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Chairman of Clinical Research and Director of its Neurology Residency Program, positions he held until 1992. Dr. Conomy is a specialist in Neurology and Legal Medicine and serves as an examiner for several medical and surgical specialty boards. Dr. Conomy attended the Schools of Law at Case Western Reserve University and Cambridge University (England) and received his JD in 1992. Dr. Conomy has served as Professor of Clinical Neurology and Adjunct Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University Schools of Medicine and Law and has held faculty positions at the Universities of Texas (Southwestern, San Antonio) and Pennsylvania State University. He has held consultancies in the Tower Hamlets District of London (England) and has served as a lecturer and Visiting Professor in Law and Medicine in ninety countries throughout the world. He is the Founder of the Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment and Research at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Founder of the International Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers. Dr. Conomy holds deep interests in the history of medicine, medical ethics, health law and human rights and is the past Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Legal Medicine. Dr. Conomy has held numerous research and clinical investigative grants and awards in the fields of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, epilepsy, brain injury and multiple sclerosis. He is a Fellow of the American Neurological Association, the American Academy of Neurology, the American College of Legal Medicine and The Royal Society of Medicine (England) as well as an active principal in many organizations related to adult and childhood disorders of the nervous system and to medical law and ethics. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, the World Association of Medical Law, Who’s Who in America and an Honorary Fellow of Medical Societies in Canada, Mexico and England. He is the author of more than 150 peer-reviewed publications and more than a dozen books. He is cited among America’s Top Physicians and lectures widely on matters of health and law. He is engaged in the planning and operational design of comprehensive treatment, educational and research facilities dealing with diseases of the nervous system and systems of health delivery in the USA and internationally. Dr. Conomy directed the Brain Injury Program at University Hospitals of Cleveland’s Extended Care Campus from 2003 to 2008. Dr. Conomy practices Neurology in Cleveland. He is the President of Health Systems Design and CompEval Corporations. He is the father of three adult professionals and of Francesca Maria, now age 17 years. Dr. Conomy is married to Dr. Jill Mushkat Conomy, a Psychologist and a specialist in the field of chronic pain management. Dr, Conomy has served upon the Governing Board of the Cleveland Medical Library Association in the 1980’s, and again since 2014. He is an avid bibliophile (having haunted the Allen Memorial Library since the age of 16 years), traveler, cyclist, skier, music lover and photographer, and has a notably low threshold for breaking into Irish Songs, occasionally in Irish.