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Lee A. Fleisher, MD

Lee A. Fleisher, MD Physician

Chair, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Professor of Medicine Robert Dunning Dripps Professor of Anesthesia

Dr. Fleisher is employed by Penn Medicine.

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About Dr. Lee A. Fleisher

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009-2010, 2011-2012

Clinical Specialties


  • Anesthesiology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Anesthesiology, 1991

Description of Clinical Expertise

General anesthesia

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: State University of New York at Stony Brook
Residency: University of Minnesota Hospitals
Residency: Yale-New Haven Hospital


AAAHC Institute for Quality Improvement, National Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, National American College of Cardiology - Fellow, National American Heart Association- Fellow, National American Institutes for Research, National American Medical Association, National American Society for Enhanced Recovery, National American Society of Anesthesiologists, National American Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists, National Association of American Medical Colleges, National Association of Anesthesiology Program Directors , National Association of Pharmacoeconomic and Outcome Research, International Association of University Anesthesiologists, National Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, National Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, National Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research , National International Anesthesia Research Society, International International Society for Ambulatory Monitoring - Founding Fellow, International International Society for Technology Assessment in Health Care, International International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcome Research, International Morton Society, National National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine), National National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute, National National Institute of Mental Health, National National Quality Forum, National Physician Leadership Academy (joint venture of Deloitte Consulting and Wharton School), National Physician Quality Reporting System Program, National Physicians Consortium for Performance Improvement, National Rand Corporation/Assistant Secretary of Health for Planning and Evaluation, National Society for Medical Decision Making, National Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology, National Society for Perioperative Assessment and Quality Improvement, International Society of Ambulatory Anesthesia, National Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, International Surgical Care Improvement Project (sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Agency for Healthcare Policy and Research, Centers for Disease Control and 10 other partners) , National Yale New Haven Health Services Corporation/Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (YNHHSC/CORE)/ The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)/ CMS, National Yale/YNHH Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE), Hospital-Wide Mortality Technical Working Group, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Fleisher is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Medicine Radnor: Has privileges to perform procedures.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Dr. Fleisher's research focuses on perioperative cardiovascular risk assessment and reduction, evidence-based medicine and measurement of quality of care. 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.

Selected Publications:

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

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

Onuoha OC, Arkoosh VA: “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: The impact of complications following open colectomy on hospital finances: a retrospective cohort study. Perioper Med (Lond). 3 : 1,2014.

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

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

Fleisher LA: 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.

Evidence based practice of Anesthesiology 3rd edition : 2013.

Fleisher LA: Anesthesia and noncardiac surgery in patients with heart disease, 9th edition Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicien : 2011.

Fleisher LA: Essence of Anesthesia Practice, 3rd edition Elsevier : 2011.

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Academic Contact Info

Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care
University of Pennsylvania Health System
3400 Spruce Street
6 Dulles Building

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-3738

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