Lee A. Fleisher, MD

Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine

Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania


Lee A. Fleisher, MD, is the chief medical officer and director of The Center for Clinical Standards and Quality at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and holds a faculty appointment at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Fleisher has an extensive background in health policy as well as experience defining quality-of-care metrics, and he is currently on the board of directors and former chair of the Consensus Standards Advisory Committee and co-chair of the Surgery Standing Committee of the National Quality Forum, and a member of the administrative board of the Council of Faculty and Academic Specialties of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Dr. Fleisher received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is a member of the medical advisory panel for the technology evaluation center of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association and the task force on practice guidelines for the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association. In 2007, he was elected to membership of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine) of the National Academy of Sciences. Throughout his career, Dr. Fleisher has conducted important research focused on perioperative cardiovascular risk assessment and reduction, evidence-based medicine and measurement of quality of care. Over the past decade, he has also collaborated on many projects related to health services research and quality measurement in the Medicare population.

In 2007, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, recognized Dr. Fleisher for his professional accomplishments and service to the field of medicine and health care, and elected him to its esteemed membership of top individuals. Since then, Dr. Fleisher continues to provide leadership to the field through his highly recognized work with federal, industry, and foundation grants. He has also published over 300 articles, chapters, and books.