Reed V. Tuckson, MD, FACP, 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, is currently Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs at UnitedHealth Group, a Fortune 25 diversified health and well-being company. As the senior clinician of UnitedHealth Group, Dr. Tuckson is responsible for working with the company’s diverse and comprehensive business units to improve the quality and efficiency of the health services we provide to the 75 million members we are privileged to serve worldwide.
Formerly, Dr. Tuckson served as Senior Vice President, Professional Standards, for the American Medical Association (AMA). He is former President of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles; has served as Senior Vice President for Programs of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation; and is a former Commissioner of Public Health for the District of Columbia.
Dr. Tuckson is an active member of the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and he is past Chair of the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health and Society.
Dr. Tuckson currently serves on the Board of Directors for several national organizations including the Alliance for Health Reform; the American Telemedicine Association; the National Patient Advocate Foundation; the Arnold P. Gold Foundation; Project Sunshine; Cell Therapeutics, Inc. and Howard University. Additionally, he serves on several Boards within his local community of Minneapolis, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities and Minnesota Public Radio.
Dr. Tuckson has also held other federal appointments, including cabinet level advisory committees on health reform, infant mortality, children’s health, violence, and radiation testing.
Dr. Tuckson authored The Doctor in the Mirror, a book and media presentation focused on patient empowerment to overcome everyday health issues for Americans 55 and older, released in November, 2011.
He has been selected as one of Modern Healthcare/Modern Physician “50 Most Powerful Physician Executives” in Healthcare and one of the “Top 25 Minority Executives” in Healthcare. He was also designated as Ebony magazine’s “2008 Power 150: The Most Influential Blacks in America” list.