Brian A. Nester, DO, MBA, MS, FACOEP
President and CEO, Lehigh Valley Health Network
Brian A. Nester, DO, has been serving as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) since 2014. He joined LVHN
as the Chairman of the Emergency Department at Lehigh Valley Hospital– Muhlenberg in 1998, after an academic post in the Emergency Department at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. He has since served in numerous administrative roles before becoming CEO, including Associate Vice Chair for the Department of Emergency Medicine, Internship Program Director for the Emergency Medicine Residency Program, Chairman of the Lehigh Valley Physician Hospital Association, Senior Vice President for Physician Hospital Network Development and Chief Strategy Officer.
Dr. Nester also currently serves as the Board Chair for Populytics, Inc., an LVHN for-profit subsidiary company dedicated to health care analytics and the prospective risk-stratification of populations utilizing claims and clinical data sets.
Dr. Nester is a past Board Member of The Hospital Association of Pennsylvania, a past member of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Regional Policy Board (Region 2) and currently serves as a member of the AHA Health Systems Council. He is also a member of the Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Management Program Advisory Board at Columbia University and has been an annual guest lecturer at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and Mailman School of Public Health on issues related to health care reform, value-based care delivery and strategy for the last 19 years.
Dr. Nester received his DO and MS degrees from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. He received his Master of Business Administration from Columbia University in New York, and he is a Certified Physician Executive (CPE) through the American Association for Physician Leadership. Dr. Nester has also completed his Certificate of Professional Development in Finance from The Wharton Business School in Philadelphia.
Dr. Nester is a firm believer that “the health of our overall community is only as good as the least healthy segments of our community.” For this reason, LVHN emphasizes population health analytics and tactics for identifying vulnerable and at-risk patients as a strategy for improving health care value and driving sustainable financial performance.