Lenard Lesser, MD

Lenard Lesser, MD, MSHS

Family Medicine Palo Alto, CA

Research Physician and Family Physician, Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Office Address

  • Palo Alto Medical Foundation
    795 El Camino Real, Ames Building
    Palo Alto, CA 94301
    Phone: (650) 330-4576

Lenard Lesser, MD, MSHS

Family Medicine Palo Alto, CA

Research Physician and Family Physician, Palo Alto Medical Foundation


  • I am a Family Physician who spends most of my time on researching the effects of marketing on unhealthy eating. I'm involved in several studies looking at how incentives and technology can help people to eat healthier and exercise more. I have a strong interest in evidence-based medicine, risk perception, and preventive services.

Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • Family Medicine: General Family Medicine, Bariatric Medicine, Urgent Care
  • Clinical Interests: Diet; Obesity; Evidence-Based Medicine; Primary Health Care; Health Policy; Food Habits

Education & Training

  • UCLA Medical CenterUCLA Medical Center
  • Cambridge Hospital - Cambridge Health Alliance
  • Cambridge Health Alliance
  • University of Rochester School of Medicine and DentistryUniversity of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Cornell UniversityCornell University

Certifications & Licensure

  • CA State Medical LicenseCA State Medical License2009 - 2016
  • American Board of Family MedicineFamily Medicine

    Awards, Honors, & Recognition

    • Resident Teacher AwardSociety of Teachers of Family Medicine, 2009
    • Resident Award for ScholarshipAFMRD/NAPCRG/CFPC, 2009
    • Pisacano Leadership ScholarPisacano Leadership Foundation, 2005-2009, 2009

    Publications & Presentations


    Journal Articles

    • Are Physicians Asking ED Patients about Complementary and Alternative Medicine Utilization?  Houser CM et al, Lesser LI, Academic Emergency Medicine. 2000; 7 (5): 524

    Books/Book Chapters

    • e-Essential Evidence. Chapter: Iron Toxicity 
      Sawin G, Lesser LI
      Editors: Ebell MH, et al.John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, NJ
      Edition 1,
    • Encyclopedia of Obesity. Chapter: Government Subsidizing of Energy Dense Foods 
      Lesser LI
      Editors: Kathleen Keller.Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA


    • Outdoor Advertising, Obesity and Soda Consumption. Lesser LI, Zimmerman F, Cohen DA, North American Primary Care Research Group Meeting, Banff, Alberta, Canada
    • A Comparison Between US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations and Medicare Coverage. Lesser LI, Krist, A, Kamerow DB, Bazemore AW, North American Primary Care Research Group Meeting, Seattle, WA
    • The Food Environment of California Children’s Hospitals. Lesser LI, Hunnes DE, Arab L, Cohen DA, Obesity. 2010; 18(S2): S179, Obesity Society Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA


    • America’s Obesity Crisis: Framing Policy, Using Research. Medical Student Association Annual Convention, Washington, DC
    • An Objective Measurement of the Food Environment of California’s Children’s Hospitals. CDC Expert Advisory Committee Meeting on Healthy Hospitals, Atlanta, GA
    • Beyond the Guidelines: Tools for Risk Assessment. National Physicians Alliance Conference, Long Beach, CA


    • At Issue: Health Insurance Reform: Government Run System would save Money, Lives. Lesser LI and Fehnel C, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
    • On soft drink labels, state health risks. Lesser LI, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
    • Advocacy Skills for the Primary Care Researcher. Lesser LI, Chen F, Westfall J, Liaw W, Burke M
      North American Primary Care Research Group Meeting, Seattle, WA


    • Board of Directors, North American Primary Care Research Group Resident Represenative 2007 - 2009
    • Policy Committee, National Physicians Alliance Member 2006 - Present

    Professional Memberships


    • Bloghttp://beactive.blogspot.com
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