A leading health care researcher and advocate for improving health system performance, Elliott Fisher is the director of the Dartmouth Institute and the John E. Wennberg Distinguished Professor of Health Policy, Medicine and Community and Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.
In his early work, Fisher explored the causes and consequences of the dramatic differences in health care spending and utilization across the country, research which led him to the conclusion that the United States was wasting a substantial portion of spending on avoidable and potentially harmful care. The landmark research was cited by Peter R. Orszag as President Barack Obama’s administration crafted the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Fisher was one of the originators of the concept of “accountable care organizations” (ACOs) and worked with colleagues to carry out the research that led to their inclusion in the Affordable Care Act. His current research is exploring the determinants of successful ACO formation and performance. He has published over 150 research articles and commentaries and is a member of the Institute of Medicine. His research and opinions have appeared in multiple national media outlets, including The New York Times and 60 Minutes.
Fisher is a strong supporter of locally organized, financed and operated community health collaboratives and is a co-founder of ReThink Health. As the flagship initiative of The Rippel Foundation, ReThink is dedicated to accelerating health system reform and was founded on the provocative theory that because both health and health care are locally produced, communities themselves can and should be key agents of reform.
He earned a BA from Harvard College, a MD from Harvard Medical School, and a MPH from the University of Washington.
Chris Jacobs, Executive Assistant
Lewis VA, Fisher ES, Colla CH
N Engl J Med|2017 Nov 9
Schifferdecker KE, Yount SE, Kaiser K, Adachi-Mejia A, Cella D, Carluzzo KL, Eisenstein A, Kallen MA, Greene GJ, Eton DT, Fisher ES
Qual Life Res|2017 Aug 9
Welch HG, Fisher ES
N Engl J Med|2017 Jun 8
Lewis VA, Fisher ES, Colla CH
Health Aff (Millwood)|2017 May 1
Dealing with Differences: Communication, Negotiation, and Teamwork
Conflict is inevitable – we negotiate our differences every day, whether we are public health practitioners, clinicians, administrators or researchers. Working effectively in public health and health care depends on our ability to manage conflict effectively, learn how to understand others’ perspectives and interests, and both give and receive feedback. If poorly managed or avoided, conflict reduces productivity, undermines trust and leads to worse outcomes. If viewed as an opportunity to explore the concerns and different perspectives that others may have, working through these differences can enable individuals and teams to come up with better solutions and work more effectively. This elective will teach you the basic principles and skills of how to engage effectively with differences and conflicts, understand the strengths and weaknesses of how you tend to approach conflict in your life, and provide you a framework for thinking about both communication and negotiation. You will have the opportunity to practice negotiating a job offer.
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