Jeffrey C. Lerner, Ph.D.
Dr. Jeffrey C. Lerner has served since 2001 as President and Chief Executive Officer. ECRI Institute (formerly the Emergency Care Research Institute, founded in 1968) is the world’s largest independent nonprofit health technology assessment organization that researches the best approaches to improving patient care. It is designated as an Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and is listed as a Patient Safety Organization (PSO) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ECRI Institute maintains a full time staff of 400 in offices in North America, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific. Six vice presidents report to the president.
Prior to this, he held the position of Vice President for Strategic Planning for 17 years. He played the key role in setting the course for ECRI Institute’s transition from its origins as a medical device evaluation laboratory to a broader health research organization that assesses clinical procedures and drug therapies in addition to medical devices, worldwide.
He has conceived of, secured funding for, and implemented numerous programs in technology assessment. For example, he was the first Center Director of ECRI Institute’s Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) under the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and Coordinator of the Technical Expert Panel of the National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (a project sponsored by AHRQ in cooperation with the American Medical Association and the American Association of Health Plans). He also served as a member of the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee (MCAC) until 2003 and is currently on the Advisory Board of the U.S. Cochrane Collaboration Center.
Dr. Lerner maintains a special interest in assistive technology for the disabled and has served as principal investigator on projects for the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Easter Seals Society. He was the first Director of ECRI Institute’s Center for Healthcare Environmental Management™, which offers programs worldwide. He developed ECRI Institute’s annual technology assessment educational conference. In 1992, the Society for Strategic Healthcare Planning and Management of the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania selected him for the Dorinson Award.
Dr. Lerner was a member of the Technical Board of the Milbank Memorial Fund in New York and is a member of the United States Pharmacopeial Convention in Rockville, Maryland. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Academies, Inc., a program for high school students living in poverty areas and is a former President of the Board of the Health Strategy Network, a society of healthcare planners and managers. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Ambulatory Care Management. He is an Adjunct Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics of the University of Pennsylvania and a Population Health Associate of the Jefferson School of Population Health. Dr. Lerner is on the Board of the Life Sciences Congress in Philadelphia, and is also a member of the National Advisory Council for the California Health Benefits Review Program (CHBRP).
Over the past 27 years, Dr. Lerner made major presentations to government agencies and professional organizations worldwide and has written articles such as “The Case for a National Patient Library™” which appeared in the October 2010 issue of Health Affairs and “The Consequences of Secret Prices: The Politics of Physician Preference Items,” also published in Health Affairs in November 2008. Dr. Lerner has authored editorials, book chapters and book reviews, such as the Journal of Legal Medicine’s Book Review Essay “Rescuing Science from Politics, Regulation and the Distortion of Scientific Research,” edited by Wendy Wagner and Rena Steinzor. Dr. Lerner also reviews for journals such as JAMA, Health Affairs, the Journal of General Internal Medicine and the Journal of Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.
Dr. Lerner received his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University, where he was awarded three University President's Fellowships and other honors. His B.A. is from Antioch College, and his business training is from the Wharton School. He also studied abroad at St. Andrew's University, Scotland. Dr. Lerner is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School, New York.