Reed V. Tuckson, MD, FACP

by Rachad Davis

September 8, 2016

Managing Director,
Tuckson Health Connections, LLC

Reed V. Tuckson, MD, FACP, is Managing Director of Tuckson Health Connections, LLC, a health and medical care consulting business that brings people and ideas together to promote optimal health outcomes and value through innovation and integration across the fields of prevention; public health; consumer activation; quality care delivery; the translation of science and technology into value producing interventions; and optimization of big data and analytics.

Previously, he enjoyed a long tenure as Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs for UnitedHealth Group, a Fortune 20 health and wellbeing company, which includes the nation’s largest health insurer and the industry’s most comprehensive health services company. A Section 16 officer of the company, Dr. Tuckson was a member of the Executive Operating Committee and responsible for oversight of the company’s Foundation.

A recognized leader in his field, Dr. Tuckson is honored to have been appointed to leadership roles at the National Institutes of Health; National Academy of Medicine; numerous Federal Advisory Committees; and Academic Boards. At the National Institutes of Health, he currently serves on the Clinical Center Research Hospital Board and the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health; and previous service includes his appointment to the Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health and Co-Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Director’s Working Group on Diversity.

Dr. Tuckson is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, currently serving in a leadership position on the Health Sciences Policy Board; Co-Chair of the Digital Learning Collaborative; and a member of the Business Action Collaborative; his previous leadership roles include Chair of the Committee on Post-Disaster Recovery of a Community’s Public Health, Medical and Social Services; and a member of the Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events and the Committee on the Consequence of Uninsurance, among others. He has served in Federal Advisory roles as a former Chairman of the Secretary of Health’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health and Society; as well as several U.S. Government cabinet level health advisory committees concerned with health reform, infant mortality, children’s health, violence, and radiation testing. Dr.Tuckson’s engagement on academic boards include his current service on the Board of Trustees at Howard University, where he Chairs the Health Sciences Committee; and a former member of the Board of Trustees at Rockefeller University.

Currently, Dr. Tuckson is Chairman of the Board of Directors for ViTel Net, LLC, a leading innovator in telehealth solutions; he serves on the Board of Directors of LifePoint Health, a leading hospital company dedicated to providing high-value care and services to growing regions, rural communities and vibrant small towns across the nation; Cell Therapeutics, Inc., a public corporation concerned with the development of cancer pharmaceuticals; and Inform Genomics, Inc., a private company focused on developing novel platforms of genomic-based personalized medicine products for cancer supportive care. Previously, Dr. Tuckson served on the Board of Directors of Baxter International.

Additionally, Dr. Tuckson is the immediate past President and a Board Member of the American Telemedicine Association; an Advisory Board Member at Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and a Board Member of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, which is concerned with advancing humanism in medical care. He continues to provide consulting services with UnitedHealth Group, among others.

Dr. Tuckson is the author of “The Doctor in the Mirror”, an ongoing book and online senior patient activation and education project. He has been recognized several times by Modern Healthcare Magazine within its listing of the “50 Most Powerful Physician Executives” in healthcare and by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the “Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America”.  Dr. Tuckson’s career accomplishments include serving as the Commissioner of Public Health for the District of Columbia; Senior Vice President for Professional Standards of the AMA; Senior Vice President of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation; and President of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. He is a graduate of Howard University, Georgetown University School of Medicine, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s General Internal Medicine Residency and Fellowship Programs, where he was also a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar studying at the Wharton School of Business.