Lenard Lesser, MD

Lenard Lesser, MD, MSHS

Family Medicine Palo Alto, CA

Research Physician and Family Physician, Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Office Address

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


  • I am a Family Physician who spends most of my time on researching the effects of marketing on obesity. 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.

Dr. Lesser's Clinical Specialties & Interests

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

Dr. Lesser's Faculty Appointments & Work History

  • Attending PhysicianPalo Alto Medical Foundation
    Palo Alto, CA
  • Clinical InstructorUniversity of California, San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital
    San Francisco, CA
  • Clinical InstructorUniversity of California
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Staff Physician and PreceptorThe Saban Free Clinic
    West Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Lesser's Education & Medical Training

  • UCLA Medical CenterUCLA Medical CenterPost Doctoral Fellowship, RWJF Clinical Scholars Program
  • Cambridge Health AllianceCambridge Health AllianceChief Residency, Family Medicine/Tufts
  • Cambridge Hospital - Cambridge Health AllCambridge Hospital - Cambridge Health AllResidency, Family Medicine
  • U of Rochester Sch of Med & DentistryUniversity of Rochester School of Medicine and DentistryMedical School
  • Cornell UniversityCornell UniversityOther Training, BS, Nutritional Sciences

Dr. Lesser's Certifications & Licensure

  • CA State Medical LicenseCA State Medical License2009 - 2014
  • American Board of Family MedicineAmerican Board of Family MedicineFamily Medicine, 2009

Dr. Lesser's Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Society of Teachers of Family MedicineResident Teacher AwardSociety of Teachers of Family Medicine, 2009
  • AFMRD/NAPCRG/CFPCResident Award for ScholarshipAFMRD/NAPCRG/CFPC, 2009
  • Pisacano Leadership Foundation, 2005-2009Pisacano Leadership ScholarPisacano Leadership Foundation, 2005-2009, 2009
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Dr. Lesser's Publications & Presentations

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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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Board of Directors, North American Primary Care Research GroupResident Represenative2007 - 2009
  • Policy Committee, National Physicians AllianceMember2006 - Present

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