Lee A. Fleisher, MD

Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine
Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

Lee A. Fleisher, MD, was named the chief medical officer and director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in July 2020. In this capacity, he is responsible for executing all national clinical, quality, and safety standards for health care facilities and providers, as well as establishing coverage determinations for items and services that improve health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries.  

Dr. Fleisher is also professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, and professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. His research focuses on perioperative cardiovascular risk assessment and reduction, measurement of quality of care, decision making, implementation of cultural change and health policy. He has received numerous federal, industry, and foundation grants related to these subjects and has published 195+ original articles, over 200 editorials, reviews, and book chapters, and 9 books. He collaborates with anthropologists, sociologists, as well as faculty from law, business, and nursing.  

Dr. Fleisher was treasurer of the Board of Directors and chair of the Finance Committee of the National Quality Forum. In 2007, he was elected to membership of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine) of the National Academy of Sciences and served on Committees of the NAM.