Donald W. Fisher, PhD, CAE, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of AMGA, a trade association that represents medical groups and other organized systems of care, including some of the nation’s largest, most influential integrated health care delivery systems. Dr. Fisher has been CEO of the organization (formerly the American Medical Group Association) since October 1980. Under his leadership, AMGA has become the premier voice for medical groups in the U.S., with its membership currently responsible for delivering health care to one out of every four Americans. AMGA advocates for multispecialty medical groups and other organized systems of care and for the patients served by these systems by continuously striving to improve patient care through innovation, information sharing, benchmarking, the creation of sound public policy and leadership development. The 430 medical group members of AMGA, representing 160,000 physicians, deliver health care to more than 120 million patients. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, AMGA is the strategic partner for medical groups providing a comprehensive package of benefits, including political advocacy, educational and networking programs and publications, benchmarking data services, and financial and operations assistance.
Dr. Fisher serves as Chair of the Board of AMGA’s subsidiary Anceta, LLC, a health informatics company engaged in the development and utilization of a national data warehouse comprised of comprehensive, longitudinal patient health care information. In this capacity, he has been instrumental in the conception and development of the project and in securing the partners and funding to further its realization. Dr. Fisher also serves in various capacities on all of AMGA’s subsidiary organizations. In 2014, the AMGA Consulting Services, LLC was established with Dr. Fisher serving as Chair of the Board. Prior to becoming the CEO of AMGA, Dr. Fisher served as the first Executive Director (1973-1980) of the American Academy of Physician Assistants in Alexandria, Virginia.
Dr. Fisher is very active in other organizations, in particular those dealing with health care. He is a member of the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors, and former Chair of the American International Health Alliance; a member of the American Association of Medical Society Executives; a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives; a member of the American Society of Association Executives; and serves on the IAMMM Center for Health as Social Equity Senior Fellows Advisory Council. In 2009 he was elected to the Board of Directors of Alliance Bank, appointed Chair of the Board in February 2011, and when Alliance merged with WashingtonFirst Bank the end of 2012, he was appointed a Director of the new Board. Dr. Fisher also serves on the Board of Advisors for Maestro Strategies (since 2012) and Inventurus Knowledge Solutions, Inc. (IKS) (2014).
In addition, Dr. Fisher has been appointed as Senior Fellow, Martin Luther King, Jr. Center Society of Fellows (2009-present); appointed to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Health Equity Program Section Head for Advanced Health Information Technology and appointed as Member, Editorial Board – Health Equity and Disparities Policy Blog (2010-present).
Dr. Fisher has received numerous honors for his work on behalf of the health care professions. In 1990 he received the Russell V. Lee Lectureship Award for outstanding service to the group practice of medicine, and in 1989 he received the Presidential Award from the American Academy of Physician Assistants for service to the Physician Assistant profession while serving as the Academy’s First Executive Director. Other honors include being elected to Who’s Who in Health Care, being named to Distinguished Leaders in Health Care and named by Modern Health Care as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Health Care.