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Karen Fisher, JD

Chief Public Policy Officer

Karen Fisher, JD
Karen Fisher, JD, leads the AAMC’s public policy and advocacy efforts to sustain the missions of the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals.

Karen Fisher, JD, is the AAMC’s Chief Public Policy Officer. In that role she is responsible for ensuring the association fulfills its responsibility to be the “voice of academic medicine” to federal policymakers. She leads the AAMC policy and advocacy efforts on federal policies affecting the “health of all,” particularly those involving AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals missions of education, research, clinical care and community collaborations.

An expert on health care policy analysis, development, and implementation, Ms. Fisher has more than 25 years of legislative and regulatory expertise gained in both the public and private sectors. From 2011 - 2016, Ms. Fisher served as senior health counsel for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, where she played a key role in the drafting and passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, including its creation of a new Medicare physician payment system. She also served as lead advisor to committee members on a broad range of issues affecting health care financing, delivery, and quality.

Before moving to the Senate in 2011, Ms. Fisher served as AAMC senior director in the association’s Health Care Affairs cluster where she focused on teaching hospital regulatory and policy issues. Previously, Ms. Fisher was a senior health policy analyst and general counsel of the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission (PROPAC) – the predecessor of today’s Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).

Ms. Fisher earned her bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pittsburgh twice, for a total of eight years, including chairing the Board’s Health Sciences Committee.  She is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Board of Surgery, as well as being a member of the Board of Trustees for ECRI, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness of care across all healthcare settings worldwide.

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More medical research = better patient care

Karen Fisher, JD, Chief Public Policy Officer
Congress recently approved a funding increase for the National Institutes of Health and reauthorized the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Here’s wh
January 23, 2020
Health Care

Academic health centers save millions of lives

Karen Fisher, JD, Chief Public Policy Officer
Medical schools and teaching hospitals educate the next generation of physicians, conduct live-saving research, and care for the most medically complex patients
June 4, 2019
Insights

Effective Advocacy: Applying What I Learned on the Hill

Karen Fisher, JD, Chief Public Policy Officer
Successful advocacy depends on continuous engagement and ongoing relationships, AAMC Chief Public Policy Officer Karen Fisher, JD, writes in a Viewpoint.
June 23, 2017