University of Pittsburgh

Donald R. Fischer, 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Honoree

Donald R. Fischer

Senior Vice President of Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, Highmark Inc.
Pittsburgh, Pa.

After completing a pediatric residency and pediatric cardiology fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in 1981, Donald R. Fischer (MBA '98) returned to the classroom-as a faculty member in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Rising to positions of increasing leadership and ultimately filling the role of medical director for the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Fischer came to understand that the business of medicine involved far more than caring for patients' physical needs. He returned to the classroom once again, this time to acquire the business acumen he'd need to navigate the remainder of his career. In 2001, he joined Highmark Inc., where he currently is responsible for clinical strategy, medical management and policy, care management services, quality management, pharmacy affairs, and preventive health services. He is a certified physician executive in the American College of Physician Executives and president of the board of the Western Pennsylvania chapter of the American Heart Association. Fischer also serves on the boards of directors of Gilda's Club Western Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative and on the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.