Dr. Fisher goes to Washington
Sarah Irving / The Dartmouth Staff
Although research from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice has long been center stage in the health care reform debate in Washington, it now appears Dartmouth researchers are even getting a seat at the negotiating table.
Dartmouth Medical School professor Elliot Fisher, the director of TDI’s Center for Health Policy Research, is included in the 1,600 visitor records released by the White House on Wednesday (Click here for the full list).
Fisher visited the White House for almost two hours on March 25, according to the records, in connection with a “Meeting of Physicians for Health Care Reform.” The records indicate his contact at the White House was Ezekial Emanuel, the brother of Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and the current special advisor for health policy to Peter Orszag, the director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Fisher is known for his work on regional variations in health care across the United States through “The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care.”
Fisher took part in a New England Journal of Medicine roundtable discussion on “The Costs of Health Care,” moderated by Harvard University professor and author Atul Gawande, that was posted online earlier this month.