Samuel S. Fager is currently a resident of Villanova, Pennsylvania. He graduated with an undergraduate degree in English from Princeton University and received his medical degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. He then completed his residency training at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and at Columbia- Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. As a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar in the joint program at Stanford University and the University of California at San Francisco, he studied adolescent medicine and ambulatory care administration. In addition, he received a Masters of Business Administration in Health Care Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1986 and graduated from Georgetown University Law School in 1997.

Prior to joining the Joint Commission, Dr. Fager was the Director of Student Health and Counseling Services at the University of Pennsylvania and an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Medical School. Subsequently, he was the Director of Pediatric Ambulatory Care, Director of Adolescent Medicine, and Director of Student Health at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at Cornell Medical College. After becoming a surveyor, he was a Medical Director of Aetna in Hartford, Connecticut and a faculty member at the Yale University Medical School.

He is a member of the staff of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and is also the author of numerous scientific articles in infections disease and health care administration.

Dr. Fager has been a Joint Commission surveyor since 1986. He is trained under the Accreditation Manual for Health Care Networks, the Accreditation Manual for Hospitals, and the Accreditation Manual for Ambulatory Health Care. He has taught for the Joint Commission’s Department of Educational Programs since 1987. He was the team leader for the Joint Commission’s external evaluation of the Peace Corps Volunteer Health Services from 1995 to 1997 and was one of the authors of the subsequent report to Congress.

In 2005 he was trained as a Joint Commission International Surveyor under the under the Joint Commission International Accreditation Standards for Hospitals.