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Karen Fisher, JD, PharmD

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, leads the AAMC’s public policy and advocacy on medical education, health care delivery and medical research. Fisher provides oversight to advance the association’s legislative and regulatory priorities and developing policy proposals that support the work of academic medicine. 

One of the nation’s leading experts on Medicare, Fisher has more than 25 years of experience in legislative and regulatory health care policy. Most recently, she served as senior health counsel for the Senate Finance Committee where she played a key role in drafting the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 and the new Medicare physician payment system. She also served as lead adviser on other Medicare concerns and health care policies. Before moving to the Senate, Fisher spent almost a decade as senior director in health care affairs at the AAMC after serving as senior health policy analyst and general counsel for the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission—the precursor to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).   

Fisher earned both her pharmacy and law degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Patient Care

Academic health centers save millions of lives

Karen Fisher, JD, PharmD, 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, PharmD, 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
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