President & Chief Executive Officer
Jeffrey I. Lasker, MD, MMM, FACP, CPE
Dr. Jeffrey I. Lasker is Chief Executive Officer of New England Quality Care Alliance (NEQCA), an award winning network of physicians affiliated with Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA. In the six years since Dr. Lasker became CEO of NEQCA, the physician network has grown from 750 physicians to more than 1,500, making NEQCA the third largest provider organization in the state. Dr. Lasker has implemented numerous cutting-edge programs that have improved quality, efficiency and patient experience of care—placing NEQCA at the forefront of the health care delivery system.
Dr. Lasker received his Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and his medical degree from New Jersey Medical School. He completed his postgraduate training at Boston City Hospital where he was Co-President of the House Officers Association. Dr. Lasker also served in the United States Public Health service in Boston before becoming the founding pediatrician of Hyde Park Pediatrics. Dr. Lasker received a Masters degree in Medical Management from the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University in 2002. He is board certified in Pediatrics and Medical Management. He served as Vice President of the Tufts Health Plan IPA at Children’s Hospital Boston. Dr. Lasker was a founding member and President of Affiliated Pediatric Practices, a network of over 85 pediatricians in Eastern Massachusetts, which was formed in 1995. He served on the Board of Directors of the Provider Services Network of CareGroup from 1999 through 2001. Dr. Lasker served on the Partners Community Healthcare, Inc. (PCHI) Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2006 and was Chairman of the PCHI Board of Trustees from 2004 to 2006.
Dr. Lasker was Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He is currently Assistant Professor in Pediatrics and Medicine and on the faculty of the Institute of Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies at Tufts University School of Medicine. He was an attending pediatrician for the Children’s Hospital Pediatric Group Associates Program and Primary Care Training Program from 1989 to 1994 and was an attending physician on the Inpatient Service at Children’s Hospital Boston. He is currently a staff pediatrician at Tufts Medical Center and the Floating Hospital for Children.
Dr. Lasker won the Boston Children’s Hospital Medical Student Teaching award in 2003 and the American Academy of Pediatrics National Quality Care Award in 2004.
His memberships include the Massachusetts Medical Society and American College of Physician Executives. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Chief Operating Officer
Betsey Eltonhead joined the NEQCA team as Chief Operating Officer in August 2007. Betsey has a wealth of over 25 years in health care management experience and a MBA from Boston University in health care management. Before NEQCA she was a Senior Consultant at HealthMETRICS Partners, Inc., a health care consulting company that specialized in measuring outcomes, identifying best practices and improving ambulatory service processes. Her past positions have included Assistant Vice President of Clinical Services at Tufts Health Plan and Administrator of Medical Specialties at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. Betsey has overall responsibility for NEQCA operations.
Chief Medical Officer
Michael Cantor, MD, JD
Dr. Cantor is a geriatrician and attorney who has experience in designing and implementing quality improvement and care management programs for healthcare providers and health plans. In his current role as Chief Medical Officer for the New England Quality Care Alliance (NEQCA), the physician network affiliated with Tufts Medical Center, he oversees staff responsible for implementing network-wide quality improvement and care management programs for almost 1,500 physicians, many of who are in small or solo practices. Hehas studied and written about advance care planning, telehealth, and care of older adults. Prior to joining NEQCA he was Deputy Medical Director for Evercare of New England, a division of United Health Group that focuses on providing care for Medicare beneficiaries living in nursing homes and the community, and before that was clinical director of the VA New England Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC), and was Associate Chief for Program Development in the Division of Aging at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He trained in internal medicine at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, and did his geriatrics fellowship at Harvard Medical School. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and attends on the Geriatrics and General Medicine service at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.He has degrees in law and medicine from the University of Illinois.