Frank J. Lexa, MD, MS, MBA, FACR

Professor, Medical Imaging
Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs and Operations

          Frank J. Lexa, MD, MBA, FACR is the author of the book: “Leadership Lessons for Success in Health Care” published in 2016. He is an academic neuroradiologist and is a Professor, the Associate Chief of Clinical Services and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs and Operations, in the Department of Medical Imaging, at the University of Arizona. He began his career with a visiting position at the Universite de Bordeaux, and has been a Clinical Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a Professor of Radiology at the Drexel University College of Medicine where he was also the Vice Chair of the Department of Radiology.

          He has been honored with several major scientific research awards including the Cornelius G. Dyke Memorial award of the American Society of Neuroradiology. He also works outside of academic medicine and has been a member of the adjunct faculty of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in the marketing department since 2001 where he has taught both graduate and executive MBA students in the Global Consulting Practicum. This has taken him to five continents, and he has served in multiple capacities including: the Assistant Academic Director, the Spain, United Arab Emirates, Israel Country Manager positions and as the East Asia Regional manager for mainland China and Taiwan as well as working as a Project Faculty member every year. For several years he also held an appointment as a Professor of Business Development in the Life Sciences at the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, at the time the top business school in Europe. There he twice won the prestigious “Prize of Excellence” for outstanding teaching.

          Dr. Lexa lectures, consults and writes extensively on issues at the interface of health care and business. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles as well as multiple articles in the general radiology press and in alternative media as well as multiple book and encyclopedia chapters. He has given over 2,000 academic, invited, educational, business and Grand Rounds lectures as well as chairing and directing numerous educational meetings for academic, professional and business organizations. He has chaired, co-chaired and served on several key national committees and task forces for major organizations in US radiology. Currently, he serves on the Board of Chancellors of the ACR where he is the Chair of the Commission on Leadership and Practice Development as well as the Chief Medical Officer of the Radiology Leadership Institute and a member of the Budget and Finance Committee. He is also the current chair of the ACR International Economics Committee. In the past, he also served for six years as a founding co-chair of the Future Trends Committee for the ACR.

          Previously he directed health care investments for the British Technology Group International and worked as a strategic consultant for the Boston Consulting Group in their healthcare practice. He was also a partner at Philadelphia Ventures-a venture capital firm focusing on high tech medical and information technology early stage investments and he continues to work with start-up companies in the healthcare sector.

                He was educated and did his medical training in Boston, the San Francisco Bay Area, and in Philadelphia. 

Research Interests: 

Diseases of White matter

Ophthalmic and visual system imaging

Health care costs

Service in medical systems

Medical leadership

Degrees
  • MD: Stanford University, School of Medicine, 1980-1985
  • MBA: University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School, 1997-1999
  • MS: Stanford University, Physiology, 1980-1982
Internship
  • Brigham and Women’s, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Internal Medicine, 1985-1986
Residency
  • University of California, San Francisco, Radiology, 1986-1987
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Neuroradiology & Radiology, 1988-1991
Fellowship
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Neuroradiology, 1991-1992
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology and MOC in Neuroradiology (lifetime certificate)

Select Publications

2017

Humphreys, T. R., K. Shah, A. Wysong, F. Lexa, and D. MacFarlane, "The role of imaging in the management of patients with nonmelanoma skin cancer: When is imaging necessary?", J Am Acad Dermatol, vol. 76, issue 4, pp. 591-607, 2017 Apr.
Type of Publication: Journal Article
Fessell, D., and F. J. Lexa, "High Relative Value Units and Unhappy.", J Am Coll Radiol, vol. 14, issue 3, pp. 438-439, 2017 03.
Type of Publication: Journal Article
Lexa, F. J., and D. Fessell, "Danger on Social Media.", J Am Coll Radiol, vol. 14, issue 1, pp. 135-136, 2017 01.
Type of Publication: Journal Article
Lexa, F. J., and D. Fessell, "Low Morale, High Turnover.", J Am Coll Radiol, vol. 14, issue 9, pp. 1259-1260, 2017 Sep.
Type of Publication: Journal Article
Fessell, D., and F. J. Lexa, "To Merge or Not to Merge.", J Am Coll Radiol, vol. 14, issue 7, pp. 985-986, 2017 Jul.
Type of Publication: Journal Article

2016

Lexa, F. J., and D. Fessell, "Overstaffing.", J Am Coll Radiol, vol. 13, issue 11, pp. 1383-1384, 2016 Nov.
Type of Publication: Journal Article
Seidenwurm, D., and F. James Lexa, "A Radiologist's Primer on Bundles and Care Episodes.", J Am Coll Radiol, vol. 13, issue 9, pp. 1029-31, 2016 Sep.
Type of Publication: Journal Article
Lexa, F. J., and D. Fessell, "Professional Senescence.", J Am Coll Radiol, vol. 13, issue 9, pp. 1158, 2016 Sep.
Type of Publication: Journal Article
Fessell, D., and F. J. Lexa, "The Dilemma of Incentives.", J Am Coll Radiol, vol. 13, issue 7, pp. 871-2, 2016 Jul.
Type of Publication: Journal Article
Lexa, F., Leadership Lessons for Health Care Providers, , 1st Edition, Cambridge, MA, Elsevier in the Academic Press, pp. 236, 2016.
Type of Publication: Book
Brus-Ramer, M., F. J. Lexa, P. Kassing, and G. McGinty, "International Perspectives on Radiology in Preventive Screening.", J Am Coll Radiol, vol. 13, issue 11, pp. 1289-1295, 2016 Nov.
Type of Publication: Journal Article