Vice President of New Consumer Health Strategies and Research, Health Care Service Corp.
Thomas L. Fisher, M.D., M.P.H., leads strategies to improve the value of care for individuals who are gaining new access to health insurance through the insurance marketplaces and government programs. This work entails better understanding through data, improved quality and greater efficiency for Blue Cross and Blue Shield members in five states. He also leads Health Care Service Corp.'s (HCSC) efforts to eliminate health disparities.
Prior to joining HCSC, Dr. Fisher was a 2010-2011 White House Fellow, placed at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the Office of the Secretary. As a White House Fellow, Dr. Fisher worked on various Affordable Care Act regulations, including those that shape Accountable Care Organizations. He also provided leadership for the development of the HHS Action Plan for Reducing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.
Dr. Fisher was previously an assistant professor at the University of Chicago. There, he practiced emergency medicine and studied the roles of race, systems of care and socio-cultural structures in disparities in health and health care. He developed a community medical center partnership called "Community Solutions in Action" to produce research and interventions that transform emergency departments' approaches to vulnerable communities. He also partnered with the New Community Program/Woodlawn in "Ask the Doctor," a monthly community discussion on health.
In the past, Dr. Fisher participated in founding Project Brotherhood, a health care center specifically for African-American men, and he has co-led the University of Chicago-Kenwood Academy program for academic exploration. His medical training included a year as chief resident and a fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program. In 2013, Dr. Fisher was named one of Crain's Chicago Business 40 Under 40. He continues to practice emergency medicine in the community where he grew up.
Dr. Fisher grew up on Chicago's south side and is a graduate of Chicago Public Schools. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College, a Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and a medical degree from the University of Chicago.