Reed Tuckson, M.D.

Chairman of the Board of Director, ViTel Net, LLC
Former President, American Telemedicine Association
Former Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs, UnitedHealth
Former Senior Vice President, American Medical Association

A leading voice in healthcare issues throughout his career.

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Reed V. Tuckson, MD, FACP, is the 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 optimisation of big data and analytics. Currently, Dr. Tuckson is Chairman of the Board of Directors for ViTel Net, LLC, a leading innovator in telehealth solutions; and, he is the immediate past President and a Board Member of the American Telemedicine Association.

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 recognised leader in his field, he is proud to have been recognised 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”.

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 personalised medicine products for cancer supportive care. He is also a special advisor to the CEO of ViTel Net, LLC, a leading innovator in telehealth solutions and he continues to provide consulting services with UnitedHealth Group.

Dr. Tuckson is the author of The Doctor in the Mirror, an ongoing book and online senior patient activation and education project. Additionally, he serves on the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health of the National Institutes of Health; he is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, serving in a leadership position on the use of data and analytics in healthcare; an Advisory Board Member at Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics; a Board Member of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, which is concerned with advancing humanism in medical care; and a Trustee of the Board at Howard University.

Previously, Dr. Tuckson was a member of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health; served as Chairman of the Secretary of Health’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health and Society; and he has served on several U.S. Government cabinet level health advisory committees concerned with health reform, infant mortality, children’s health, violence, and radiation testing. He also served on the Board of Directors of Baxter International and the Board of Trustees of Rockefeller University.

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.


  • Chairman of the Board — ViTel Net
  • Advisory Board Member, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
  • Former President, American Telemedicine Association
  • Board Member, Health Sciences Policy — Institute of Medicine
  • Roundtable Member, Value & Science-Driven Health Care — Institute of Medicine
  • Forum Member, Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events —Institute of Medicine
  • Committee Member, Prepositioned Medical Countermeasures — Institute of Medicine
  • Member, Board of Directors — American Telemedicine Association
  • Member, Board of Directors — Cell Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Member, Board of Directors — LifePoint Hospitals
  • Member, Board of Directors — Inform Genomics, Inc.
  • Member, Board of Directors — Center for Medical Technology Policy
  • Member, Board of Governors — Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
  • National Advisory Committee Member — Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Aligning Forces for Quality
  • Commissioner — Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s, 2013 Commission to Build a Healthier America
  • Member — NASA LAUNCH: Health Council
  • Member, Board of Directors — Alliance for Health Reform
  • Audit Committee Chairman — Alliance for Health Reform
  • Advisory Board Member — HealthTrac Foundation


The Doctor In The Mirror

Reed Tuckson, M.D.

In 1900, there were just over seven million Americans age 55 and older. In 2010, there were over 63 million. As the population of older adults continues to boom, will the health of this group fizzle? Not if Reed Tuckson, MD, has anything to say about it. The Doctor in the Mirror is centered on a simple, yet often-overlooked premise: as you age, the health advocate you need first and foremost is you. It starts with an honest look in the mirror to identify the barriers keeping you from better health. Then it calls on the amazing, the brilliant, the esteemed Dr. You to overcome those barriers. Not overnight, but over time. Learn how to better understand the chronic illnesses that older adults commonly face. Get armed with simple, common sense prevention strategies. Discover how to maximize your partnership with your physicians, hospitals, and the health care system. And finally, Dr. You will learn to weave a safety net of relationships built around home, family, friends, and community to maximize your quality of life. As you age, don t let your health situation take control of you. Take control of your health situation instead. Come on, America. It s time to age with more vitality!

United Healthcare Services; 1 edition (18 Dec 2011)


Dr. Tuckson is a master at both communication and science. This book boils down volumes of the best research on health and longevity and presents it in an entertaining and masterful way. A must-read for anyone interested in the latest findings on living longer, better lives.
— Dan Buettner, New York Times Best-Selling author of Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who ve Lived the Longest

We can sit on the sidelines and let our bodies and minds grow older, or we can take charge and age with energy and purpose. Dr. Tuckson has created a fun, informative, and truly motivating guide to lifelong health. If you choose only one book to help you take charge of your health and well-being, this is it!
— Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D. CEO Age Wave, author, BODYMIND, Healthy Aging, Age Wave, Age Power, and A New Purpose: Redefining Life, Money, Family, Work Retirement and Success


Reed tailors each presentation to the needs of his audience and is not limited to the topics we have listed below. These are subjects that have proven valuable to customers in the past and are meant only to suggest his range and interests. Please ask us about any subject that interests you; we are sure that we can accommodate you.

Talking to Doctors, Talking to Patients

In this talk, Dr. Tuckson addresses perhaps the most important element of effective healthcare: the doctor-patient conversation. It is the key to effective diagnosis, to building trust, to discussing options for care, and so much more — but neither doctors nor patients receive training for this conversation on par with its importance. Dr. Tuckson’s talk walks both doctor and patient groups through the best ways to approach and conduct this crucial dialogue.

Data-driven Healthcare

The Doctor in the Mirror


Transform 2012 | Mayo Clinic

APHA 140th Annual Meeting


A society of foot and ankle surgeons:
Dear Reed — It was indeed a pleasure to have the opportunity to briefly meet and visit with you at the [ . . . ] Annual Meeting. The feedback from your presentation was that you knocked it out of the park. Thank you for your informative and inspiring talk.