Sean R. Tunis

Sean R. Tunis, MD, MSc

Founder and Director of Center for Medical Technology Policy
Stanford Health Policy Adjunct Affiliate

Center for Medical Technology Policy
4712 Keswick Rd
Baltimore, MD 21210

(410) 963-8876 (mobile)

Bio

Sean Tunis, MD, MSc. is the Founder and Director of the Center for Medical Technology Policy in Baltimore, Maryland.  CMTP's main objective is to improve the quality and relevance of clinical and health services research by providing a neutral forum for collaboration among experts, stakeholders and decision makers.   Dr. Tunis advises a wide range of domestic and international health care organizations on issues of comparative effectiveness, evidence based medicine, clinical research, reimbursement and health technology policy.

Through September of 2005, Dr. Tunis was the Director of the Office of Clinical Standards and Quality and Chief Medical Officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  In this role, he had lead responsibility for clinical policy and quality for the Medicare and Medicaid programs, which provide health coverage to over 100 million US citizens.  Dr. Tunis supervised the development of national coverage policies, quality standards for Medicare and Medicaid providers; quality measurement and public reporting initiatives, and the Quality Improvement Organization program.  As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Tunis served as the senior advisor to the CMS Administrator on clinical and scientific policy.  He also co-chaired the CMS Council on Technology and Innovation

Dr. Tunis joined CMS in 2000 as the Director of the Coverage and Analysis Group.  Before joining CMS, Dr. Tunis was a senior research scientist with the Technology Assessment Group, where his focus was on the design and implementation of prospective comparative effectiveness trials and clinical registries.  Dr. Tunis also served as the Director of the Health Program at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and as a health policy advisor to the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, where he participated in policy development regarding pharmaceutical and device regulation. 

He received a B.S. degree in Biology and History of Science from the Cornell University School of Agriculture, and a medical degree and masters in Health Services Research from the Stanford University School of Medicine.  Dr. Tunis did his residency training at UCLA and the University of Maryland in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine and holds adjunct faculty positions at Johns Hopkins, Stanford and the University of California San Francisco Schools of Medicine.

Sean Tunis, MD, MSc. is the Founder and Director of the Center for Medical Technology Policy in San Francisco, where he is working with health care decision makers and stakeholders to support the rapid evaluation and effective use of new medical technologies. He is also a Principal at Rubix Health, which consults with early-stage life sciences companies on reimbursement strategy deigned around developing reliable evidence of product value.

Through September of 2005, Dr. Tunis was the Director of the Office of Clinical Standards and Quality and Chief Medical Officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In this role, he had lead responsibility for clinical policy and quality for the Medicare and Medicaid programs, which provide health coverage to over 100 million US citizens. Dr. Tunis supervised the development of national coverage policies, quality standards for Medicare and Medicaid providers; quality measurement and public reporting initiatives, and the Quality Improvement Organization program. As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Tunis served as the senior advisor to the CMS Administrator on clinical and scientific policy. He also co-chaired the CMS Council on Technology and Innovation

Dr. Tunis joined CMS in 2000 as the Director of the Coverage and Analysis Group. Before joining CMS, Dr. Tunis was a senior research scientist with the Lewin Group, where his focus was on the design and implementation of prospective comparative effectiveness trials and clinical registries. Dr. Tunis also served as the Director of the Health Program at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment and as a health policy advisor to the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, where he participated in policy development regarding pharmaceutical and device regulation.

He received a B.S. degree in History of Science from Cornell University, and a medical degree and masters in Health Services Research from the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Tunis did his residency training at UCLA and the University of Maryland in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and holds adjunct faculty positions at Johns Hopkins and Stanford University School of Medicine.

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