Dr. Oliver Fein is a professor of clinical medicine-emeritus at Weill Cornell Medical College,
where he is co-director of the David Rogers Health Policy Colloquium. He recently retired from
clinical practice and as associate dean responsible for the Office of Affiliations and the Office of
Global Health Education.
Dr. Fein is a past president of Physicians for a National Health Program and board chair of PNHP’s New York Metro Chapter. He is a past vice president of the American Public Health Association, where he served for four years on the executive board.
Much of Dr. Fein’s work has focused on health system delivery reform and access to care for
vulnerable populations. His writings include a chapter in the book “10 Excellent Reasons for National Health Care”; an article on ethical issues and global health in Academic Medicine; an editorial in Medical Care; and an article on U.S. health care reform and the presidential candidates in the Journal of Health Services Research and Policy.
Dr. Fein received his medical degree from Western Reserve University, and completed
his internship at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital and his residency at Lincoln Hospital
in the Bronx. He then became director of general medicine outpatient services at the
Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and subsequently acting-director of the division of
general medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. Dr. Fein was a Robert Wood Johnson health policy fellow in 1993-1994, where he worked as a legislative assistant for the Senate Democratic Majority Leader.
Dr. Fein received the Haven Emerson Award from the Public Health Association of New York
City in 2001; the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy
Fellowship Program in 2008; the David Calkins Award for Health Policy Advocacy from the
Society of General Internal Medicine; and the Sedgwick Memorial Medal for Distinguished
Service from the American Public Health Association in 2021.