Lemeneh Tefera, MD

Medical Officer
Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program
Division of Value Incentives and Quality Reporting (VIQR)
Center for Clinical Standards & Quality (CCSQ)

Dr. Lemeneh Tefera, who goes by “Tef,” most recently served as the Health Policy Fellow for Senator Jeanne Shaheen who sits on the Appropriations Subcommittee covering Health and Human Services. His role was as a clinical expert and advisor helping to brief the Senator on a wide range of health policy issues. He also led the Senator’s advocacy for new policy levers to curtail the national prescription opioid abuse epidemic.

Dr. Tefera received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Southern California School of Medicine and then completed an emergency medicine residency at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn. He continued in academic medicine where he held faculty appointments at Mount Sinai, Montefiore Hospital, and Beth Israel- all in New York City. In addition to his urban ER clinical experience, he worked as a visiting doctor in Australia, England, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, and volunteered with Doctors Without Borders in Haiti. His work abroad developed into an interest in comparative health delivery systems that inspired him to return to graduate school. At the London School of Economics and Political Science, Dr. Tefera studied both health and behavioral economics with a keen interest in how monetary and non-monetary incentives impact provider behavior. Upon completion, Dr. Tefera moved to Washington DC to pursue a career in health policy. In addition to his new role in CMS, Dr. Tefera still practices in the ER and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the George Washington University.


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