Gene Lindsey

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Gene Lindsey
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Occupation Doctor of Medicine

Dr. Gene Lindsey is former President and CEO Emeritus of Atrius Health and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and a resident of Wellesley, Massachusetts. As head of an organization with more than 40 years experience as an Accountable Care Organization (ACO), Dr. Lindsey has been a leading voice in Massachusetts on healthcare reform and has led several initiatives at Atrius Health, including signing Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts' Alternative Quality Contract (AQC) and a Toyota Lean Transformation. Dr. Lindsey has been featured in numerous news articles and speaks around the United States on healthcare reform and ACOs.


Dr. Gene Lindsey assumed the position as President and CEO of Atrius Health (and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates)[1] in February 2008 and retired in 2013.[2] Previously, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors for Atrius Health and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. Dr. Lindsey joined Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates as a physician in 1975 and practiced cardiology and internal medicine at the Kenmore Square, Wellesley and West Roxbury practices. Dr. Lindsey holds a B.S. in chemistry from the University of South Carolina. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School.[3] Dr. Lindsey completed an internship, residency, and was a clinical fellow in cardiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.


Dr. Lindsey holds appointments positions with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on committees dedicated to reforming the healthcare payment and delivery system. Dr. Lindsey serves on the Advisory Committee to the Health Care Quality and Cost Council [4] as its public member.

In 2010 he was appointed to the Committee on the Status of Payment Reform Legislation of the Health Care Quality and Cost Council by Governor Deval L. Patrick. The Committee is charged with reviewing a draft outline of legislation to implement comprehensive payment reform in Massachusetts and solicit input from interested stakeholders and experts. The goal of the committee will be to make recommendations about key decision points to the full Council to inform comprehensive payment reform legislation. [link to]

On January 19, 2011, Dr. Lindsey was appointed by Governor Patrick to the Massachusetts Special Commission on Provider Price Reform established under Section 67 of Chapter 288 of the Acts of 2010. The Special Commission is charged to investigate the rising cost of health care insurance and the impact of reimbursement rates paid by health insurers to providers, and to examine policies aimed at enhancing competition, fairness and cost-effectiveness in the health care market though the reduction of reimbursement disparities. [link to]

Media appearances and speaking engagements[edit]

Media appearances


The Boston Globe “The next chapter in health reform” July 17, 2009 [5]

Boston Globe “Doctors Need Bigger Role in Health Reform” July 19, 2009

Modern Healthcare “Adventures in Reimbursement” July 27, 2009

Boston Business Journal “Health reform: Coverage success, cost challenge” November 13, 2009

Boston Business Journal “Embracing Change: Gene Lindsey” December 22, 2009

CommonWealth Magazine “Pay for quality, not quantity” January 26, 2010

Boston Globe “Doctors group focus on 1 hospital” February 25, 2010

Boston Business Journal “Payment reform begins here” November 4, 2010

The Wall Street Journal "The Model of the Future?" March 28, 2011


NECN “This Week In Business” April 23, 2010

WCVB “Changes May Be On Horizon For Doctors, Patients” December 15, 2010

Speaking engagements[edit]

Date Organization Event Location
9/17/11 New England Society of Vascular Society Annual Meeting focusing on Healthcare Reform and Implications for Surgery Westin, Providence, RI
10/11/11 Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Needham Annual Meeting Westin, Providence, RI
10/15/11 Guthrie Health Clinic Annual Guthrie Cardiology Symposium Guthrie, Sayre, PA
10/28/11 The Risk Management Association Health Care Lending Forum- Topic is Medical Practice Management and Issues Federal Reserve, Boston, MA
11/3/11 Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates Shared Medical Appointment Symposium Hyatt, Cambridge, MA
11/9/11 Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Physicians Annual Meeting Massachusetts Medical Society, Waltham, MA
12/14/11 Massachusetts Health Data Consortium Payment Reform: Innovation for the Nation- Topic is The Experience of a Physician Practice under the Alternative Quality Contract Babson College, Wellesley, MA
4/25/12 Regis College President's Lecture Series: Updates on Cardiac Treatment for Women and Men Regis College, Weston, MA

Atrius Health[edit]

Formed in 2004, Atrius Health, a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, is the largest independent alliance of community-based physician groups (Dedham Medical Associates, Granite Medical, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, South Shore Medical Center, and Southboro Medical Group) in Massachusetts. Atrius Health provides comprehensive primary and specialty care from 30 locations across the state. Building on each medical group’s long history of providing high quality ambulatory and preventive care, Atrius Health was created to bring a broader range of patient-centered, integrated services to our communities while collaborating on new and better health care delivery models. Each year, Atrius Health’s 800 physicians and their medical teams coordinate patient care for more than 800,000 patients during 2.3 million office visits. Together, the Atrius Health medical groups are working to shape the future of healthcare by innovating new ways to care for our patients, promoting research, and educating the next generation of clinicians.