Lenard Lesser, M.D., MSHS
Assistant Research Physician
Lenard Lesser, M.D., MSHS
795 El Camino Real, Ames Building
Palo Alto, CA 94301-2302
Lenard Lesser, M.D., MSHS, is a family physician at Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) and research physician at PAMF’s Research Institute (PAMFRI). Previously he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). During that time, he also served as a clinical instructor at the Saban and Venice Family Clinics, teaching primary care to resident physicians and medical students.
Dr. Lesser is broadly interested in prevention of disease and keeping patients out of the physician’s office. His research focuses on how marketing and the food environment affect what people eat. He is undertaking studies of how interventions based on behavioral economics can motivate people to eat less and move more. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including JAMA, PLoS Medicine, Academic Pediatrics, the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, Annals of Family Medicine, and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Dr. Lesser serves as a policy committee member of the National Physicians Alliance and was a resident member of the board of directors of the North American Primary Care Research Group. He currently serves as an advisor on hospital food environments for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Lesser is also a governing council member of the American Public Health Association.
Prior to joining PAMF, Dr. Lesser graduated with honors in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University. He earned an M.D. with distinction in Research from the University of Rochester and a Master’s of Science in Health Services from the UCLA School of Public Health. He completed his clinical training at Tufts University Family Medicine Residency at Cambridge Health Alliance, where he also served as academic chief resident.
In the News
- Medical Pros Can Lead Healthy Eating Movement, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, September 11, 2012
- At Hospital, Two Signals on Eating and Health, The New York Times, December 16, 2011
- UCLA Study on Healthy Food at Children’s Hospitals, San Francisco Chronicle, December 4, 2011
- Informed Patient: An Ounce of Prevention May Not Equal a Penny Saved − and T hat’s OK, WSJ.com Health Blog, January 18, 2011
Personal blog: http://beactive.blogspot.com
Lesser LI, Kayekjian K, Velasquez P, Tseng CH, Brook RH, Cohen DA. Adolescent Purchasing Behavior at McDonald's and Subway. J Adolescent Health. Available online 6 May 2013.
Lesser LI, Lucan SC. Hospital Cafeteria Food: The Ethics of Hospital Cafeteria Food. Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:299-305. Accessed April 2, 2013
Lesser LI, Zimmerman FJ, Cohen DA.Outdoor advertising, obesity, and soda consumption: a cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health. 2013 Jan 10;13(1):20. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 23305548
Lesser LI.Evaluating the effectiveness of Medicare's preventive visits. JWomens Health. 2013 Jan;22(1):5-6. PMID: 23276187
Lesser LI, Cohen DA, Brook RH.Changing eating habits for the medical profession. JAMA. 2012 Sep 12;308(10):983-4. PMID: 22968886
Lesser LI, Hunnes DE, Reyes P, Arab L, Ryan GW, Brook RH, Cohen DA. Assessment of food offerings and marketing strategies in the food-service venues at California Children's Hospitals. AcadPediatr. 2012 Jan-Feb;12(1):62-7. PMID: 22136808
DeVoe JE, Nordin T, Kelly K, Duane M, Lesko S, Saccocio SC, Lesser LI. Having and being a personal physician: vision of the Pisacano scholars. J Am Board Fam Med. 2011 Jul-Aug;24(4):463-8. PMID: 21737771
Lesser LI, Krist AH, Kamerow DB, Bazemore AW.Comparison between US Preventive Services Task Force recommendations and Medicare coverage. Ann Fam Med. 2011 Jan-Feb;9(1):44-9. PMID: 21242560