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2011 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Lee A. Fleisher, MD is Robert D. Dripps Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology and Critical Care and Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He received his MD from SUNY Stony Brook after which he completed a residency in anesthesiology at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Prior to his current appointment, he was Professor and Vice-Chair for Clinical Research at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He is considered an expert on perioperative quality of care and his research interests fall primarily in two areas: (1) perioperative risk assessment and risk reduction strategies and (2) health services research including comparative effectiveness.

His primary interest involves the assessment of risk and defining best practices for patients undergoing noncardiac surgery and he is the Chair of the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Task Force on Guidelines on Perioperative Cardiovascular Evaluation. His recent work has focused on risk assessment related to outpatient surgery and the value of performance measurement. He has published 99 peer-reviewed original articles, 145 chapters and reviews, and edited or co-edited 14 books including Evidence Based Practice of Anesthesiology and is an Associate Editor of Miller’s Anesthesia.

He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1999. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Task Force for Faculty Innovations for the American Association of the Medical Colleges and has served as co-chair of the Main Patient Outcomes Steering Committee of the National Quality Forum.

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