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Richard Nesto, MD 

Chief Medical Officer

As Chief Medical Officer for Beth Israel Lahey Health, Richard Nesto, MD, leads strategic medical affairs for the system. He is responsible for setting the system agenda and strategy for quality, safety and patient experience, and also oversees development of provider-to-provider relationships and patient access across the system.

Richard was previously Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer and Interim CEO of Lahey Health. He played an integral role in the formation of the Lahey Health system, leading clinical integration, quality and network growth initiatives.

Previously he was Chief Medical Officer of Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. He came to Lahey in 2000 as Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine and also served as Chair of Medicine. Richard began his career at New England Deaconess Hospital, where he practiced cardiology for 12 years. He also practiced at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for four years. A professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, Richard is internationally known for his clinical and research advancements in the treatment of heart disease in patients with diabetes mellitus and has an extensive bibliography with over 300 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and abstracts.

Richard received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and his undergraduate degree from Harvard College. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester, and clinical and research fellowships in cardiovascular medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

He lives with his family in Weston.