Dr. John Fisher is the chief medical officer (CMO) of MLK Community Healthcare. He has more than 15 years serving as a practicing emergency room physician and is an expert in the implementation of systems to streamline and modernize the coordination and delivery of quality healthcare.
As the CMO, Dr. Fisher works closely with the administrative team and medical staff to further the hospital’s mission by establishing quality standards, providing strategic direction, and facilitating communication. He is also responsible for aligning physician performance and clinical care with the hospital’s goals and objectives so that patients receive the highest quality care and have the best possible patient experience.
Throughout his career as a medical administrator, Dr. Fisher continued in clinical practice as a board-certified and active emergency medicine physician. He has supervised and mentored multidisciplinary clinical staff at multiple hospitals and outpatient facilities, including two Kaiser Permanente-owned facilities in Southern California, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank and Lancaster Community Hospital.
Most recently, Dr. Fisher was chief medical officer of Kern Health Systems in Bakersfield, California, a not-for-profit managed care organization that serves more than 140,000 Medi-Cal beneficiaries. His responsibilities included ensuring the access to, quality of, and proper use of clinical resources for the plan’s members. During his tenure, he established programs that increased patient access to primary care and specialty physician services while simultaneously implementing significant cost-saving measures.
Prior to this, Dr. Fisher was a physician adviser with Executive Health Resources reviewing clinical cases for Medicare, Medicaid, and managed care compliance for numerous hospitals throughout the country. He also served as medical director for a critical care transport service and associate medical director of a hospital emergency department.
Following his service in the United States Marine Corps, Dr. Fisher completed his undergraduate work at North Carolina Central University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He earned his Doctor of Medicine from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in Bronx, New York. While there, he completed an administrative internship with the Greater New York Hospital Association. He subsequently completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Chicago. After starting his clinical career, Dr. Fisher went on to earn a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California – Los Angeles Anderson School of Management.
Dr. Fisher is married with two children. He enjoys weight training and cycling.