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Daniel Lessler

Clinical Professor, Health Systems and Population Health
Clinical Professor, Medicine – General Internal Medicine

Chief Medical Officer, Medicaid and Public Employee Benefits Programs, Washington State Health Care Authority

360-725-1612 | dlessler@uw.edu

Washington State Health Care Authority, 626 8th Avenue SE, PO Box 45502, Olympia, WA 98504

Research Interests

Chronic disease management; clinical quality improvement; behavior change counseling in chronic disease


Daniel Lessler is chief medical officer for the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA), which administers the state’s Medicaid and Public Employees Benefits programs. He is also a clinical professor of medicine and health services. Lessler’s research and administrative interests have focused on the design and operation of programs that promote high-quality, cost-effective medical care. He has a particular interest in improving preventive and chronic illness care for underserved and vulnerable populations and using health information technology as a means of achieving such improvement. Prior to joining the Washington State HCA, Lessler maintained an active primary care practice and served as an attending physician at Harborview Medical Center. A native of Connecticut, he earned his medical degree at the Stanford University School of Medicine and an MHA at the University of Washington.


MD Medicine, Stanford University, 1986
MHA University of Washington, 1992
AB Human Biology, Stanford University, 1980