Title and Organization:
Thomas Fisher is a board-certified emergency medicine physician at The University of Chicago. He advises startups, venture capital firms, and government agencies through Headwaters Consulting LLC. Tom is a former health insurance executive and the prior president of NextLevel Health, a Medicaid managed care health plan. Responsible for the operation of NextLevel Health, Tom integrated clinical operations, network management, regulatory adherence, and community relations to deliver health outcomes for Cook County’s Medicaid population. Previously, he served as vice president of health delivery transformation at Health Care Service Corporation. There he led Affordable Care Act preparation for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Montana. Thomas served as a 2010-11 White House Fellow at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As the special assistant to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, he worked on ACA regulations and led the development of the HHS Action Plan for Reducing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. Before working in the federal government, Thomas was an assistant professor at The University of Chicago, where he built partnerships to improve care for patients with ambulatory care-sensitive conditions. Tom continues to deliver care at The University of Chicago Medical Center, where he serves the same South Side Chicago community where he was raised. Tom was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, holds a BA in Biology from Dartmouth College, an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health, and an MD from The University of Chicago. He was named Crain’s Chicago Business 40 under 40 and Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors and Distinguished Alumni at The University of Chicago. His forthcoming book on restructuring the health care system will be published by One World, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Tom is a Fellow of the third class of the Health Innovators Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.