LDI Health Policy Seminar Series

The Sam Martin Lecture

Reed V. Tuckson, M.D.
Sr. Vice President, Consumer Health & Medical Care Advancement
UnitedHealth Group

Essential Prescription Drugs: Evidence, Cost Effectiveness, Innovation and Clinical Practice

Friday, April 18, 2003
1:00 - 2:30 PM

Colonial Penn Center, (3641 Locust Walk)

Dr. Reed Tuckson joined UnitedHealth Group in November of 2000 as Senior Vice President of Consumer Health and Medical Care Advancement, where he works with all business groups to create new healthcare systems, enhance patient-physician relationships, improve medical care quality, and assist individuals in maximizing their health.

. Prior to joining UnitedHealth Group, Dr. Tuckson served as Senior Vice President, Professional Standards, for the American Medical Association (AMA). In this capacity, he oversaw the areas of medical education, ethics, science, technology and public health, and quality/managed care. He also had administrative responsibility for the AMA with the National Patient Safety Foundation, the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education, and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. The former President of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles from 1991 to 1997, Dr. Tuckson also served as Senior Vice President for Programs of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation from 1990 to 1991. From 1986 to 1990 Dr. Tuckson was the Commissioner of Public Health for the District of Columbia.

Tuckson currently is a member of several healthcare-related and academic organizations, including the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. In addition, he currently serves as a member of the Secretary of Health and Human Services' Advisory Committee on Genetic Testing and has held a number of other federal appointments, including cabinet level advisory committees on health reform, infant mortality, children's health, violence, and radiation testing.

A graduate of Howard University and the Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Tuckson trained as an intern, resident and fellow in General Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. A Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar of the University of Pennsylvania, he also studied Health Care Administration and Policy at the Wharton School of Business and was active in ambulatory, student health, prevention and geriatric clinical care settings.

Dr. Tuckson has written and spoken extensively on topics concerned with Community Health; Disparities in Health Status; Quality and Performance Measurement; and Leadership, Professionalism and the Duty of Physicians.

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