Dr. Lisa Kern received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and then completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Johns Hopkins, where she also earned a master’s degree in Public Health. She joined the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College in 2002.
Dr. Kern is an expert in the evaluation of interventions designed to improve ambulatory care quality. One of these interventions is health information technology (health IT), which includes electronic health records and other electronic methods for managing and exchanging clinical data. She also studies related interventions, such the patient-centered medical home. She is Deputy Director of the Health Information Technology Evaluation Collaborative (HITEC), an academic collaborative that has been awarded nearly $11 million to evaluate New York State’s investment in health IT. She has methodological expertise in quality measurement, community-based participatory research, and analysis of large datasets. Dr. Kern is a principal investigator on several grants that evaluate the effects of interoperable health IT on quality, cost, patients, providers and policy. She has twice been honored with the Nanette Laitman Clinical Scholar award in Public Health. Dr. Kern has first-author publications in journals including Health Affairs, Annals of Internal Medicine, and the Journal of General Internal Medicine. She has been very active in the Society of General Internal Medicine, most recently serving as a regional president. She is currently directing a new fellowship program in quality and medical informatics.