Lee N. Newcomer, MD is the UnitedHealthcare Senior Vice President for Oncology and Genetics.
His career with UnitedHealth Group started in 1991 as the Chief Medical Officer with responsibilities for clinical services, Medicare and Medicaid. He focused his later work on the development of performance measures and incentives for the improvement of clinical care until 2001. He returned in 2006 to lead a pilot initiative combining clinical, financial and program management experts to improve the quality and affordability of cancer care. This team was the first to complete an episode payment program for cancer treatment and it has built the only commercial database combining clinical and claims information for cancer patients.
Prior to his work at UnitedHealth Group Dr. Newcomer practiced medical oncology for nine years in Minneapolis and Tulsa, Oklahoma. He served as the Medical Director for Cigna Healthcare, in Kansas City and he was a founding executive of Vivius, a consumer directed venture that allowed consumers to create their own personalized health plans.
He is a former Chairman of Park Nicollet Health Services (HealthPartners), an integrated system of physicians and hospitals based in Minnesota with national recognition for its leadership in quality, safety and cost effectiveness.
Dr. Newcomer holds a BA degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University, a MD degree from the University Of Nebraska College Of Medicine and a Masters of Health Administration from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His clinical training included an internal medicine residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a medical oncology fellowship at the Yale University School of Medicine.