With the new millennium came a new career path for Reed Tuckson—an eye-opening one at that.
An internist by training, Tuckson, 56, was one of several prominent physicians tapped by large insurers in recent years to help them improve relations between private payers and providers. It was quite a change for Tuckson, who had made a name for himself more than a decade earlier as commissioner of public health in Washington, D.C.—where he worked when he was named an Up & Comer in 1989 at the age of 38.
Following his position as commissioner, Tuckson had jobs as a senior vice president at the March of Dimes; president of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles; and senior vice president of professional standards for the American Medical Association. And then UnitedHealth Group came a-calling.
UnitedHealth hired Tuckson in October 2000 as senior vice president of consumer health and medical-care advancement.
In December 2006, he was promoted to executive vice president and chief of medical affairs, in which role he is expected to help the company enhance patient-physician relationships and improve healthcare quality.
He also serves on the board of directors of the United Health Foundation, which UnitedHealth formed in 1999 as a not-for-profit dedicated to improving healthcare.