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Lisa Soleymani Lehmann, MD, PhD, MSc: Executive Director

Dr. Lisa S. Lehmann

Dr. Lisa Soleymani Lehmann is a primary care physician and bioethicist. In addition to her position as NCEHC Executive Director, she is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

Dr. Lehmann is a graduate of Cornell University, where she was a College Scholar studying philosophy, chemistry and near eastern studies. After receiving her BA, she spent two years studying Talmud. She received her MD and PhD in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University, completed her residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and was a fellow in the HMS Fellowship in General Medicine and Primary Care and the HMS Fellowship in Medical Ethics. She received a Masters of Science in clinical epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Prior to joining NCEHC, Dr. Lehmann practiced primary care and was Director of Bioethics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. There, she helped develop a robust clinical ethics consultation service and a strong program in ethics education for trainees and hospital staff, developed hospital ethics policy, taught and mentored medical and graduate students, and had an active program of grant-funded empirical and normative research in bioethics.

Her research focuses on how to improve care for patients and families at the end of life, the relationship between moral courage, speaking up and patient safety, how to responsibly integrate genomics into clinical medicine, and the intersection of ethics and health policy. Dr. Lehmann was Chair of the Society of General Internal Medicine Ethics Committee, Chair of the Framingham Heart Study Ethics Advisory Board, and Chair of the HMS Scholars in Medicine Medical Humanities Advisory Committee. She is a member of the American College of Physicians Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee.