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Dr. Fleisher graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 1973, winning the Edward Moore Pediatrics Prize, and obtained his postgraduate training at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he served as Chief Resident and as a Fellow in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. He achieved certification from the ABMS in Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Emergency Medicine, and Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM). Currently, Dr. Fleisher is the Chairman of the Department of (Pediatric) Medicine and the Physician-in-Chief at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Egan Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School (HMS).
Dr. Fleisher is one of the founders of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. He co-developed the first academic program in this field in 1979 and co-initiated the first fellowship program in 1981. In addition, he is the senior editor of the first textbook of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, co-edits Pediatric Emergency Care, the first journal in the field, and serves as the senior pediatric editor of Emergency Medicine for UpToDate. He was a founding member of the certification committee in Pediatric Emergency Medicine for ABP and has been an examiner for ABEM.
Dr. Fleisher's research has focused on basic and clinical aspects of common infectious diseases encountered in children. Funded by NIH, WHO, and industry, his investigations have led to a better understanding of pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment for several diseases, particularly bacterial infections of the bloodstream and meningitis. He is the author of over 150 original publications, appearing in high impact journals including the NEJM, JAMA, and JCI. He has served the academic pediatric community as President of SPR, President of the APS, and through membership on NIH Study Sections.
Dr. Fleisher has played an active role in the education of students, residents, fellows and practicing physicians. He has edited several textbooks, and in 1995, received the Janeway Award for Excellence in Teaching from the residents at BCH. In 2001, he was the recipient of the A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award at HMS. Over 100 fellows graduated from the programs in Pediatric Emergency Medicine in Philadelphia and Boston during his tenure at those institutions, many of whom have become department chairs, division chiefs, or senior investigators in academic pediatrics.
Dr. Fleisher has a longstanding and deep commitment to national and international child health. He serves as the commander of Pediatric Specialty Team I, a response team of the National Disaster Medical Service that responds to domestic and foreign disasters. His deployments have included medical missions following Hurricane Marilyn in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 1996, the bombing of the World Trade Center in New York in 2001, an earthquake in Bam, Iran, in 2003, Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi in 2006, and the Haitian earthquake in 2010. In 2014, he deployed to Arizona to provide medical care to unaccompanied minors immigrating to the United States.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”