Experts Pick the Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2018


Each year the Cleveland Clinic announces what its panel of physicians and scientists believe to be the most important medical innovations that will have the greatest impact in the upcoming year. The panel – made up of nearly 100 experts – debated and whittled down over 150 nominations to decide upon the final 10. 

Last year's number one innovation was the acceleration of microbiome use to prevent, diagnose and treat disease. The 2018 list includes advances in oncology, diabetes, ophthalmology, perioperative care and other therapeutic areas. The criteria for nomination included:

  • The innovation must have significant clinical impact and offer significant patient benefit in comparison to current practices. It must also have high user-related functionality that improves healthcare delivery.
  • Nominated innovations must have a high probability of commercial success.
  • The innovation must be in or exiting clinical trials and be available on the market sometime in the coming year.
  • The innovation must have significant human interest in its application or benefits and must have the ability to visualize human impact.

The above video runs through and describes each of 2018's top 10, which are:

  • Scalp Cooling for Reducing Chemotherapy Hair Loss
  • Centralized Monitoring of Hospital Patients
  • Enhanced Recovery After Surgery
  • Arsenal of Targeted Breast Cancer Therapies
  • Next Generation Vaccine Platforms
  • The Emergence of Distance Health
  • The Unprecedented Reduction of LDL Cholesterol
  • Gene Therapy for Inherited Retinal Diseases
  • Neuromodulation to Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Hybrid Closed-Loop Insulin Delivery System