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Dr. Mark Leenay, MD

Family MedicineGeriatric MedicineHospice & Palliative Medicine


Dr. Mark Leenay is the Senior Vice President of Medical Management and Physician Services for Ovations and the Chief Medical Officer for Evercare Hospice, both divisions of UnitedHealth Group. He has responsibility for medical payment and policy management, physician and provider relationships, clinical operations and establishing and implementing clinical strategy and innovation for all UnitedHealth Group Medicare business. His teams manage clinical technology, medical payment policy, physician workforce, clinical program deployment, and assure clinical performance. Dr. Leenay is the media spokesperson for Ovations and Evercare and has discussed hospice and palliative care, chronic disease management, caregiving, and health aging with such media outlets as the Wall Street Journal, Businessweek, and numerous local and national radio and television newscasts. Dr. Leenay is adjunct assistant professor at the University of Minnesota maintains an appointment at the Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is a member of the quality and research committees of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Association, and is a former director of the board of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Prior to joining UnitedHealth Group, Dr. Leenay was the medical director of Palliative Care and Hospice at Fairview and the University of Minnesota, one of six national Palliative Care Leadership Centers. In this role, he directed hospice programs, inpatient palliative care consulting services and outpatient palliative care clinics while serving as a long-term care physician and medical director. In addition, Dr. Leenay has served as a skilled nursing facility certified medical director and as a long-term care, pain and palliative care consultant for various healthcare organizations, including Stratis Health and Aetna. Throughout his career, Dr. Leenay has presented on numerous palliative care, health policy and geriatric topics regionally and nationally, including pain management and methadone use, hospice utilization in nursing facilities, Medicare demonstration projects and numerous ethical and palliative issues. He has published several articles in Minnesota Physician, Minnesota Health Care News, and Topics. Dr. Leenays honors and awards include the inaugural Clinical Innovation Award of the University of Minnesota Medical Center. His program at the University and Fairview received the Circle of Life award from the American Hospital Association, and his program was designated as one of four Islands of Hope in the 2002 book Means to a Better End: A Report on Dying in America Today. He was the MMA delegate to the Minnesota State Commission on End of Life Care and was former U.S. Senator from Minnesota David Durenbergers delegate to the White House Conference on Aging in 1995. Dr. Leenay received his BS from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY, and his MS in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, with a special interest in family systems theory. He received his MD degree from Thomas Jefferson University and did his residency at Overlook hospital, an affiliate of Columbia University at the time. Dr. Leenay lives in Princeton, Minnesota with his wife Dr. Tamara Leenay and their children Ryan and Jillian.
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4603 Dolphin Cay Ln S
St. Petersburg, FL, 33711


Fairview University Medical Center


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