Dr. Jeffrey C. Lerner, PhD, is currently President Emeritus of ECRI Institute, having served as its President and Chief Executive Officer from 2001 until December 31, 2017.
Previously, 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.
He has conceived of, secured funding for, and implemented numerous programs in technology assessment. 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™. He served as a member of the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee (MCAC) until 2003, and also developed ECRI Institute's annual health policy conference on the use of evidence in policy and practice.
Lerner was a member of the technical board of the Milbank Memorial Fund in New York and is a member of the United States Pharmacopeia 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. 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). Lerner is currently on the Advisory Board of the U.S. Cochrane Collaboration 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. Lerner 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 the Journal of 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 studied abroad at St. Andrew's University, Scotland and is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School in New York City.