Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Fifth Avenue Place
120 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3019
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Donald Fischer, MD, is senior vice president of health affairs and chief medical officer at Highmark Inc. Among his responsibilities are clinical strategy, medical management and policy, care management services, quality management, pharmacy affairs, and preventive health services. Dr. Fischer is a 1973 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and received his MD degree from the University of Illinois in 1977. After completing a pediatric residency and pediatric cardiology fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in 1981, he joined the full-time faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology. He was promoted to full professor in 1995. He held the position of medical director at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh from July 1996 through December 2000. Dr. Fischer also holds an MBA degree from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business. He joined Highmark in 2001.
Dr. Fischer is board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology and is a fellow in both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Cardiology. He is a certified physician executive in the American College of Physician Executives and is a member of the boards of Gilda’s Club of Western Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative, and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. He also is president of the Board of the Western Pennsylvania chapter of the American Heart Association.