Lee M. Pachter, DO

Program Director, Health Policy

Lee Pachter


901 Walnut Street
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Philadelphia, PA 19107


215-923-7583 fax

Lee M. Pachter, DO

Program Director, Health Policy

Research & Practice Interests

Social Determinants of Health
Health and Health Care Disparities
Psychosocial Stress and Adversity
Child and Adolescent Health
Behavioral Health
Racism & Discrimination


DO, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
BA, Franklin & Marshall College (Anthropology)



Professor, Jefferson College of Population Health
Program Director, Health Policy
Pediatrics, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University


Lee Pachter is a pediatrician who is the director of Community & Clinical Integration in the Department of Pediatrics at Nemours/AI duPont Hospital for Children, and director of the Health Policy programs at the Jefferson College of Population Health.  Lee’s research has focused on the sociocultural determinants of child health and health care.  He was the physician researcher in a multidisciplinary team of social scientists who conducted international research on health beliefs and practices regarding common biomedical and ethnomedical illnesses in 4 Latino cultural groups.  He studied ethnomedical therapies for asthma in a mainland Puerto Rican community, and developed an approach to incorporating culturally-specific beliefs and practices into clinical medical care.  He received a K Award from NICHD to study the effects of racism and discrimination in children, which resulted in the development of an instrument to measure perceptions of racism in children and youth (PRaCY).  He’s investigated the relationships among discrimination, ethnicity, and mental health outcomes.  His present research interests expand this scope of investigation to other social determinants and psychosocial stressors that influence child health and development, in particular, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and their role in health and well-being throughout the lifecourse.

Prior to his appointment at Jefferson and Nemours he was Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Drexel University College of Medicine and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, where he was chief of the Section of General Pediatrics and Associate Chair for Community Pediatrics. Prior to moving to St. Christopher’s in 2010, Dr. Pachter was the Associate Director of the Children’s Center for Community Research at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He completed his pediatric residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and then a fellowship in Academic General Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  

Dr. Pachter is the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, a position he was named to after serving as Associate Editor for 18 years.  He developed and directed the Academic Pediatric Association (APA) New Century Scholars Program, which was created to diversify the academic pediatric workforce by providing long term mentorship and career development services to under-represented minority (URM) trainees interested in academic careers in the areas of health inequities and minority child health. He has served on the board of directors of the Academic Pediatric Association, and is a member of the American Pediatric Society, Society for Pediatric Research and the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.  He is also a co-chair of the Philadelphia ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Task Force.