CINCINNATI – The Mayfield Education & Research Foundation is pleased to welcome two Cincinnati healthcare leaders to its Board of Directors: Dr. John R. Robinson, Senior Vice President of Hospital Operations at TriHealth, and Victor DiPilla, Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer at The Christ Hospital. Their addition to the Board follows a Foundation tradition of appointing representatives from regional hospital partners and reinforces the Foundation's commitment to collaboration in neuroscience research and education.

Victor DiPilla

The Mayfield Foundation was established in 1978 to honor the Mayfield Clinic's founder, the late Dr. Frank H. Mayfield. It carries forward his vision that all hospitals—community and academic—should work together to further research and care for patients in the most effective, efficient, and compassionate manner. The composition of the Foundation Board is designed to support vigorous debate and requires a consensus of major institutional stakeholders.

"We are pleased to welcome Vic and John, both longtime colleagues and personal friends, as they take a leadership role in our growing network of supporters," said Dr. William Tobler, Foundation Chair and a neurosurgeon with the Mayfield Clinic. "Their integral roles within their own institutions and as contributing members of the regional healthcare community will ensure that the Mayfield Foundation continues to build upon its growing reputation as a centralized resource for excellence in neuroscience research and education."

Dr. Robinson and Mr. DiPilla join six other health and community leaders, including Mayfield Clinic physicians based at The Christ Hospital (Dr. Tobler), University of Cincinnati Medical Center (Dr. Mario Zuccarello and Dr. Andrew J. Ringer), and Mercy Hospital (Dr. Arthur G. Arand). Also on the Foundation Board are James J. McGraw, Jr., a partner at Keating Muething and Klekamp LLC, and R. Glen Mayfield, Managing Director at River Cities Capital Fund and one of Dr. Mayfield's sons.

Mr. DiPilla has served in various roles at The Christ Hospital since 1984, including Interim Senior Vice President/CEO, Chief Operating Officer, Interim Chief Financial Officer, Assistant Vice President, and Director of Corporate Services. Prior to joining The Christ Hospital, he worked for Dubois Chemical. Mr. DiPilla received his MBA from Xavier University and his BBA in accounting from the University of Cincinnati. He resides in Wyoming with his wife, Carol, and two children.

Dr. John R. Robinson

Dr. Robinson is a cardiothoracic surgeon who has practiced at most of Greater Cincinnati's hospitals, including St. Elizabeth Hospital, Mercy Hospital, Jewish Hospital, The Christ Hospital, Bethesda North Hospital, and Good Samaritan Hospital. He served most recently as Medical Director and Division Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Good Samaritan from 2006-2008. Dr. Robinson made a career change to hospital administration at Good Samaritan in 2008 and was appointed Senior Vice President of TriHealth Hospital Operations in 2012. A native of Texas, Dr. Robinson earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma and his MD from the University of Texas Southwestern. He completed residencies in general and cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio. Dr. Robinson and his wife, Sue, live in Anderson and have three adult children.

About the Mayfield Education & Research FoundationThe Mayfield Education & Research Foundation exists to advance the care of patients with brain and spine disorders through leading-edge education and research. The Mayfield Foundation supports and sustains the legacy of the Mayfield Clinic by promoting innovative research and development alongside accessible, relevant education for physicians, residents, and fellows, patients and their families, and the community at large.

The Foundation was established in 1978 and for thirty years supported the research and education of local physicians and residents with modest grants. In 2008 the Mayfield physicians determined that the fund held great potential to more widely serve the community, and began donating a percentage of their income to build the Foundation's endowment. The Foundation is taking an increasingly visible role as it expands its Board, grant making, and impact on the local community.

About the Mayfield ClinicFounded in 1937, the Mayfield Clinic enjoys deep historical relationships with all major regional hospitals. From the founding of Good Samaritan Hospital's Department of Neurosurgery by Dr. Frank H. Mayfield, to the establishment of the neurosurgical residency program at the University of Cincinnati, to the presence of Mayfield physicians at nearly every hospital in a 60-mile radius, Mayfield Clinic has a ubiquitous presence in the community.

Over time the neurosurgeons at Mayfield have built a long and distinguished tradition through a commitment to innovation in the laboratory and the operating room. Today, Mayfield neurosurgeons continue their pursuit of life-changing and life-saving techniques through multidisciplinary, collaborative research in the areas of spinal disorders and deformities, brain tumors, strokes and aneurysms, traumatic injury, epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, facial pain, back pain, Chiari malformations, and more.

Supported by 20 neurosurgeons, the Clinic treats more than 20,000 patients from 35 states and 13 countries in a typical year while continuing a long history of excellence, innovation, and compassionate care. For more information, visit

For immediate release:
December 20, 2013

For more information contact:
Deborah Livingston
Development Director
Mayfield Education & Research Foundation
(513) 569-5277