Elliott Fisher, MD, director of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI) at Geisel, is one of the nation’s leading health-policy experts. Over the course of his career, he has published a number of groundbreaking studies, often calling into question conventional wisdom in health care. Both in his academic research and his work to disseminate that research through the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, Fisher has shown that more care is not necessarily better care.
Fisher is also director for population health at TDI, and the James W. Squires Professor of Medicine and of Community and Family Medicine at Geisel. He received his MD from Harvard University in 1981 and completed his internal medicine residency and public health training at the University of Washington. He earned an MPH at the University of Washington in 1985. Among the many honors he has received is his election to the Institute of Medicine.
In recent years, Fisher has been translating his research findings on health care into policy. His work has helped with the creation of the Accountable Care Organization(ACO) model of care. The goal of the model is to move away from the current fee-for-service model to one that will do more to promote population health and sustainable health-care costs.