Lee A. Fleisher, M.D.

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Emeritus Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care
Chair, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Member, Medical Board of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Vice-Chair, 2012-2014; Chair, 2014-2016)
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics (Member, Executive Committee)
Chair, Committee on Professional Liability, Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania
Member, Managed Care Contracting Advisory Committee of the Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Vice-Chair (2014-present)
Member, Contracting team with Blue Cross, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Affiliated Faculty, Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice of the University of Pennsylvania Law School
Member, , Medical Alumni Advisory Committee( MAAC), Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Member, Advisory Council for the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, Penn Medicine
Member, IBC/Penn Medicine Delegated Care Mgmt Workgroup, IBC/UPHS Product Deep-Dive Workgroup, IBC/Penn Medicine Episodes Workgroup
Clinical Program Lead, Penn Med-Vinmec Alliance
Department: Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Contact information
Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care
University of Pennsylvania Health System
3400 Spruce Street
6 Dulles Building
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 662-3738
Fax: (215) 349-5341
B.A. (Molecular Biology)
University of Pennsylvania, 1981.
M.D. (Medicine)
State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1986.
M.Law (Law)
University of Pennsylvania Carey School of Law, 2024.
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Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Fleisher's research focuses on perioperative cardiovascular risk assessment and reduction, evidence-based medicine, measurement of quality of care and health policy. For the past 10 years Drs. Fleisher and Silber have collaborated on numerous projects related to health services research and quality measurement in the Medicare population. Most recently, he has been studying the influence of culture and innovation on care delivery. He has received numerous federal, industry and foundation grants related to these subjects. He has authored over 300 articles, chapters and books.

Description of Clinical Expertise

General anesthesia

Description of Other Expertise

Dr. Fleisher is immediate Past-President of the Association of University Anesthesiologists. He is Vice-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. He is also a member of the Medical Advisory Panel of the Technology Evaluation Center of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association. In 2007, he was elected to membership of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Selected Publications

Silber JH, Rosenbaum PR, Ross RN, Ludwig JM, Wang W, Niknam BA, Mukherjee N, Saynisch PA, Even-Shoshan O, Kelz RR, Fleisher LA.: Template Matching for Auditing Hospital Cost and Quality. Health Serv Res. 49: 1446-74, Mar 2014

Weisberg R, Speck R, Fleisher LA: Fostering innovation in medicine: A conceptual framework for Medical Centers. Healthcare 2: 90-93, 2014.

Onuoha OC, Arkoosh VA, Fleisher LA: “Choosing Wisely” in Anesthesiology: The Gap Between Evidence and Practice. JAMA Intern Med 174: 1391-5, 2014.

Flynn DN, Speck RM, Mahmoud NN, David G, Fleisher LA.: The impact of complications following open colectomy on hospital finances: a retrospective cohort study. Perioper Med (Lond). 3: 1, Mar 2014.

Glance LG, Fleisher LA.: Anesthesiologists and the Transformation of the Healthcare System: A Call to Action. Anesthesiology 120: 257-9, Feb 2014.

Speck RM, Foster JJ, Mulher VA, Burke SV, Sullivan PG, Fleisher LA: Culture Change: Establishment of a Professionalism Committee Within an Academic Medical Center. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 40: 161-7, April 2014.

Fleisher LA, Trey B: Turning Mission-Based Academic-Department Leaders into a Leadership Team: A Case Study in Creating Value N Engl J Med Leading Healthcare Innovation HBR Insight Center 2013 Notes: http://images.nejm.org/editorial/supplementary/2013/hbr16-fleisher.pdf.

Fleisher LA: Evidence based practice of Anesthesiology 3rd edition. Fleisher LA (eds.). Elsevier, 2013.

Fleisher LA, Beckman J: Anesthesia and noncardiac surgery in patients with heart disease, 9th edition. Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicien. Bonow RO, Mann DL, Zipes DP, Libby P (eds.). Elsevier, 2011.

Fleisher LA, Roizen MF: Essence of Anesthesia Practice, 3rd edition. Elsevier Fleisher LA, Roizen MF (eds.). Elsevier, 2011.

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