About Lisa L Zacher, MD, FACP, FCCP


Dr. Lisa Zacher is a native of South Dakota, who is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine. She is currently the Chief of Medicine with the Orlando VA Medical Center and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine.


Dr. Zacher first duty assignment as a Staff Pulmonary/Critical Care Physician was at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI (1995-1999). In 1999, she transferred to WBAMC where she served as Chief of Pulmonary/Critical Care Service and the Internal Medicine Residency Program Director. She was the recipient of multiple teaching awards to include the Army Chapter, American College of Physicians “Master Teacher Award.”


Dr. Zacher spent the last eight years of her military career (2005-2013) as the Chief, Department of Medicine (DOM) at Brooke Army Medical Center and saw her department through a complex Base Realignment and Closure process that merged the Air Force and Army inpatient missions. The result of this merger was the San Antonio Military Medical Center. The hospital doubled in size to a 469 bed, Level 1 Trauma Center. She was responsible for the oversight of 13 separate clinical services and the largest Internal Medicine residency in the Department of Defense with 90 Army and Air Force Internal Medicine residents. The DOM also sponsors residencies in Dermatology and Neurology as well as fellowships in all the medicine subspecialty services with a total of over 200 trainees.


Dr. Zacher deployed to Baghdad, Iraq as the Chief of the Intensive Care Unit with the 28th and 86th Combat Support Hospital (2007-2008) and deployed a second time to Camp Victory, Iraq as the Deputy Command Surgeon, United States Forces – Iraq (2010-2011) where she was responsible for assisting with all clinical operations in Iraq. She served as the Pulmonary Consultant to the Army Surgeon General (2009-2013) and possesses the prestigious “A” Proficiency Designator in Pulmonary Medicine, which is the civilian equivalent of a tenured professor. Dr. Zacher has been very active in many professional organizations to include serving as the Army Chapter Governor, American College of Physicians (2009-2013), and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the American College of Chest Physicians. She has 18 peer reviewed publications, two book chapters, 9 abstracts, and mentored over 40 poster/podium presentations. She has likewise delivered countless presentations at local, national, and international meetings, especially in the fields of hemoptysis, deployment related pulmonary disease, and academic leadership. She recently retired from the United States Army after 27 years of service.


In partnership with the VA, UCF College of Medicine has identified individuals that provide a significant contribution to the college and medical students. Dr. Zacher joined the college in February of 2016 as part of this partnership. VA faculty members are invited to participate in teaching assignments, curriculum and admissions committees, student affairs and research mentorship. Their contributions make a significant impact for both the college and students.


Recent Publications


Book Chapters

  1. Zacher, LL. Community Acquired Pneumonia, Infectious Disease Secrets. Hanley & Belfus, Inc. 1st and 2nd 2000, 2003.
  2. Crum-Cianflone NF, Morris MJ, Dodson DW, Zacher LL, Przygodzki RM. Update on Key Studies: The Millennium Cohort Study, the STAMPEDE Study, the Million Veteran Program, and the National Health Study for a New Generation of US Veteran, Airborne Hazards Related to Deployment. Borden Institute, Office of the Army Surgeon General, Ft. Sam Houston, TX. 2015.


Peer Reviewed

  1. Zacher, LL and Teslow, TD. Pheochromocytoma and ischemic enterocolitis. South Dakota Journal of Medicine. Mar 1989;42:11-4.
  2. Bass, JW and Zacher, LL. Do newborn infants have passive immunity to pertussis? Pediatr Infect Dis J. 1989;8:352-3.
  3. Kester KE, Byrd JC, Reardon TP, Zacher LL, Cragun WH, Hargis JB. Granulomatous Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia complicating low-grade lymphoid malignancies. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 1996;22:1111-2.
  4. Mysliwiec, AG and Zacher, LL. Tetanus: Still “Inexcusable.” Hawaii Medical Journal. 1998;57:689-90.
  5. Carmichael, M and Zacher, L. A case report: The demonstration of pulmonary neuroendocrine cell hyperplasia with tumorlets in a patient with chronic cough and a history of multiple medical problems. Mil Med. 2004;170:439-441.
  6. Roop S, Niven A, Calvin B, Zacher L. The prevalence and impact of respiratory symptoms in asthmatics and non-asthmatics during deployment. Military Medicine. 2007;172:1264-1269. PMID:18274026.
  7. Glasser J, Zacher L, Thompson J, Murray C. Determination of the internal medicine service’s role in emergency department length of stay at a military medical center. Mil Med. 2009;174:1163-1166. PMID:19960823.
  8. Sclafani J, My J, Zacher L, Eckhart R. Intensive education on evidence based evaluation of syncope increases sudden death risk stratification but fails to reduce use of neuroimaging. Arch Intern Med. 2010;170:1150-1154.