Michael Fisher became president and CEO of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2010. The institution’s services, financial strength, and reputation have grown significantly under his leadership. He oversees a $2.6 billion nonprofit with 16,500 employees. The hospital’s 1.38 million patient encounters in 2020 benefited children from 50 states and 51 countries, including those treated for complex or rare disorders.
For 10 consecutive years with Fisher as CEO, Cincinnati Children’s has ranked No. 3 or higher in U.S. News & World Report’s survey of Best Children’s Hospitals. The medical center also is among the top recipients of pediatric research grants bestowed by the National Institutes of Health. Sponsored program awards have increased to a total of more than $240 million annually during Fisher’s tenure, with the vast majority coming from the NIH.
Philanthropy that helps boost research and patient care also has grown dramatically under Fisher’s leadership, averaging nearly $50 million annually and hitting an all-time high of $86 million in 2020.
As Cincinnati Children’s prepares to celebrate its 150th birthday in 2033, Fisher’s focus is on building an even brighter future. He oversees the medical center’s largest expansion ever. A Critical Care Building for patients with cancer, heart ailments, or other complex conditions is to open in 2021. It also will feature a state-of-the-art emergency department. In addition, construction is to begin this year on a new inpatient mental health facility.
The region’s largest hospital system, Cincinnati Children’s was recognized by Forbes in 2021 as No. 38 among America’s Best Employers across all industries. Last year, Forbes listed the medical center as No. 40 among America’s Best Employers for Diversity and No. 63 among Best Employers for Women.
Employees are dedicated to “Pursuing Our Potential Together, So All Kids Can Pursue Theirs,” which highlights a commitment to culture, care, cure, and community. Fisher’s long-term strategic plan speaks to digital transformation and affordability, with emphasis on both health equity and the mental health of kids in Cincinnati and beyond.
Fisher has chaired an international network of more than 140 pediatric hospitals – the Children’s Hospitals’ Solutions for Patient Safety – since its inception over 10 years ago. The network’s efforts have saved more than 18,080 children from serious harm as well as an estimated $421.9 million in healthcare costs.
Recently, Modern Healthcare included Fisher among the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare. Previously, he was president and CEO of Premier Manufacturing Support Services, a supplier of maintenance and nontechnical services to the global automotive manufacturing industry. Fisher also has been president and CEO of the 5,000-member Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, and he has been an affiliate partner of the Lindsay Goldberg private equity investment firm. In addition, Fisher has provided board service to a range of companies in the insurance, specialty chemical, distribution, and flexible packaging industries as well as numerous nonprofits.
A Cincinnati native, Fisher is a graduate of Stanford University. He and his wife, Suzette, have four adult children.