Jeffrey C. Lerner has served as president and chief executive officer of ECRI Institute since 2001.
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.
Lerner has conceived of, secured funding for, and implemented numerous programs in technology assessment. For example, he was the first 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™. He also served as a member of the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee until 2003. He developed ECRI Institute's annual health policy conference on the use of evidence in policy and practice, now in its 23rd year.
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 is an adjunct senior fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics of the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the Committee on Advocacy and Public Policy (CAPP) of AcademyHealth in Washington, DC. Lerner is on the board of the Greater Philadelphia Life Sciences Congress, and is also a member of the National Advisory Council for the California Health Benefits Review Program (CHBRP). He currently serves on the advisory board of the U.S. Cochrane Center and he participates in various initiatives at the National Academy of Medicine.
Over the past 36 years, Lerner has made major presentations to government agencies and professional organizations worldwide. He has authored articles and written book chapters and book reviews. Lerner also reviews for journals such as JAMA, Health Affairs, the Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Ambulatory Care Management.
In 1992, the Society for Strategic Healthcare Planning and Management of the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania selected him for the Dorinson Award. He is among the top 50 leaders in patient safety, according to Becker’s Hospital Review.
Lerner received his MA, MPhil, and PhD from Columbia University, where he was awarded three University President's Fellowships and other honors. His BA is from Antioch College, and his business training is from the Wharton School. He also studied at St. Andrew's University in Scotland and is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School in New York City.