Lee N. Newcomer, M.D., M.H.A.
Topics: Cancer Treatment and Financing, Innovative Payment Methods for Performance, Physician Performance Profiling (particularly in the difficult area of cancer), Role of UnitedHealth Group in the Changing Health Care Environment, Provider Governance
Lee N. Newcomer, M.D., M.H.A., is a senior vice president at UnitedHealthcare with strategic responsibility for Oncology and Genetics.
Dr. Newcomer is a board certified medical oncologist; he practiced medical oncology for nine years in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Minneapolis (Park Nicollet Clinic). He is the former chairman of Park Nicollet Health Services (now HealthPartners), an integrated system of physicians and hospitals in the Minneapolis and St. Paul metropolitan area. The group is nationally recognized for its leadership in quality, safety and cost-effectiveness.
Dr. Newcomer began his management career as a medical director for CIGNA Health Care of Kansas City in 1990. From 1991 to 2000, Dr. Newcomer was the chief medical officer at UnitedHealthcare where his work emphasized the development of performance measures and incentives to improve clinical care. Dr. Newcomer was a founding executive of Vivius, a consumer directed venture that allowed consumers to create their own personalized health plans. He returned to UnitedHealthcare in 2006 to focus on combining clinical, financial and administrative incentives for improved and affordable cancer care.
Dr. Newcomer earned a B.A. degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University, an M.D. degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, and a masters of health administration from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a fellowship in medical oncology at the Yale University School of Medicine.