Reed V. Tuckson, M.D., FACP, a Howard University board member since 2010, is managing director, Tuckson Health Connections, LLC. He has more than 35 years of experience as a professional engaged in nearly every sector of health and medical care.
Formerly, he served as: executive vice president and chief of medical affairs, UnitedHealth Group; senior vice president, Professional Standards, American Medical Association; president of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science; senior vice president for Programs, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation; and commissioner of Public Health for the District of Columbia.
As a member of the executive management team of UnitedHealth Group, Dr. Tuckson had a variety of other leadership responsibilities, including those with the United Health Foundation, a not-for-profit, private foundation supported by UnitedHealth Group. Since 1999, the Foundation has committed nearly $150 million to fulfilling its social mission.
Before joining UnitedHealth Group in 2000, he was senior vice president for professional standards at the American Medical Association; and in the late 1980s he was one of the youngest-ever Commissioners of Public Health for Washington, D.C.
Dr. Tuckson also has served as the president of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, senior physician leader of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation and the medical director of a skilled nursing home.
His current national board service includes Neptune Technologies & Bioressources, Inc., National Hispanic Medical Association, Alliance for Health Reform, and National Patient Advocate Foundation, Project Sunshine, to name a few. Also, he is on the Boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities and Minnesota Public Radio, and has held several federal appointments, including cabinet level advisory committees.
Education: Bachelor of science in zoology, Howard University; medical degree, Georgetown University School of Medicine; internship and residency in general internal medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania