Samuel O. Thier

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Samuel Osiah Thier (born June 23, 1937)[1] is professor of Medicine and Health Care Policy at Harvard University.[2]

He previously served as the president of Brandeis University from 1991–1994[3] and the president of the Massachusetts General Hospital from 1994-96. Thier is an authority on internal medicine and kidney disease and is also known for his expertise in national health policy, medical education and biomedical research.

Early life and education[edit]

Thier was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1937. He attended Cornell University, and then earned a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1960 from the State University of New York at Syracuse.[4] In addition, he has received sixteen honorary degrees and the UC Medal of the University of California, San Francisco.


Thier began his career at the Massachusetts General Hospital, progressing from Intern in 1960, to Chief Resident in Medicine in 1966, to Assistant in Medicine and Chief of the Renal Unit in 1967.

He served as Associate Director of Medical Services at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and then Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University’s School of Medicine.

In 1975, he became Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine, where he was the Sterling Professor, and Chief of Medical Service at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Thier served as President of the Institute of Medicine, United States National Academies, from 1985 to 1991.[5]

Thier was the President of Brandeis University from 1991 to 1994. At Brandeis, he was largely credited with improving the financial situation of the institution.

Thier was the President of Massachusetts General Hospital and President of Partners HealthCare System, Inc. until 1996. He became Chief Executive Officer in 1996, stepping down in 2002. He continues to teach at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Other Positions[edit]

Thier has had many leadership positions, including membership on the Board of Trustees of Yale-New Haven Hospital, Johns Hopkins University, and Cornell University. He recently stepped down as chair of the Board of Directors of The Commonwealth Fund. Thier continues to teach several undergraduate lectures at Brandeis University each semester.

Awards and honors[edit]

He was named Honorary Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Philosophical Society. He received the John Stearns Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Medicine from the New York Academy of Medicine in 2005.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Former Partners HealthCare CEO to Discuss Future of Health Care System". Harvard Public Health Now. 19 March 2004. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Samuel O. Thier - 1991 to 1994". Brandeis University. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Overseer since 2003". TIAA-CREF. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Brandeis University Selects Samuel Thier As Its New President," New York Times. May 5, 1991.
  6. ^ "The John Stearns Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Medicine". New York Academy of Medicine. Retrieved February 19, 2011.