Chief Medical Officer

Alan Lembitz, M.D.

Since 2002, Dr. Alan Lembitz has guided COPIC’s efforts to increase patient safety and risk management initiatives for the physicians and health care facilities that the company insures. These efforts include overseeing the development of educational seminars, Practice Quality site visits, risk management resources, and a training program for medical residents.

Dr. Lembitz played a key role in implementing COPIC’s 3Rs (Recognize, Respond and Resolve) Program, which was recognized by The New England Journal of Medicine as part of the national transformation in how health care providers communicate with patients about unexpected outcomes. He has also overseen the expansion of on-demand courses offered through COPIC’s website and helped to implement new measurement tools for nurse reviewers to use when visiting office-based medical practices.

Dr. Lembitz serves as the chief editor of Copiscope, a bimonthly newsletter that provides physicians, staff, and health care facilities with articles focused on risk management guidelines that offer useful, practical advice. He frequently travels across Colorado and Nebraska to deliver a portion of the more than 400 in-person seminars that COPIC conducts each year. Dr. Lembitz is also the Director of COPIC’s Continuing Medical Education (CME) program.

Prior to joining COPIC, Dr. Lembitz served as Regional Medical Director of Prudential Health Plan. He is Board Certified with the American Board of Family Medicine and has a background in community-based emergency departments and hospital or large group practice-based urgent care facilities. Dr. Lembitz is also a Certified Physician Executive from the American College of Physician Executives.

Dr. Lembitz is a nationally-recognized speaker and has presented at conferences hosted by the National Patient Safety Foundation, the American Society of Healthcare Risk Management, the Physician Insurers Association of America, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He has also spoken at annual meetings for the Hospital Insurance Forum and Crittenden Medical Liability. In addition, Dr. Lembitz currently serves on the Board of Directors for iHealth Alliance, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to protect the interests of patients and providers as health care increasingly moves online.

Dr. Lembitz has been cited several times as an expert resource in articles on medical liability, patient safety and risk management issues. In addition, he is a respected author on medical trends and research whose work has been featured in publications such as Physician Insurer Magazine and Patient Safety in Surgery.

Dr. Lembitz received his medical degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and completed his residency in Family Medicine at North Colorado Medical Center. He also holds a master’s degree in Medical Management (M.M.M.) from Carnegie Mellon University.