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Former UnitedHealth CMO speaking at 29th annual Lamb Lecture
Start Date: 4/10/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 4/10/2013End Time: 11:59 PM

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JOHNSON CITY – Dr. Reed V. Tuckson, a physician who is widely regarded for his views on improving health care in the United States, will speak at East Tennessee State University Thursday, April 11, as part of the Leading Voices in Public Health Lecture Series.

The Leading Voices in Public Health series is sponsored by the ETSU College of Public Health. This is the 29th annual John P. Lamb Memorial Lecture, named in honor of the first dean of the ETSU School of Health and the College of Public and Allied Health. The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. in the second floor ballroom of the Millennium Centre. Admission is free and open to the public.

Tuckson has fashioned a distinguished career since he graduated from medical school at Howard University. He recently became managing director of Tuckson Health Connections, and, prior to that, enjoyed a long tenure as executive vice president and chief of medical affairs for UnitedHealth Group.

Tuckson’s post at UnitedHealth is one of several key positions he has held in the public and private sectors. He also was senior vice president for professional standards of the American Medical Associations, president of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, senior vice president for programs of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Association, and the commissioner of public health for the District of Columbia.

Dr. Randy Wykoff, dean of the ETSU College of Public Health, said Tuckson is an ideal speaker for the Lamb Lecture, considered one of the most prestigious in the speaker series.

“Through the leadership positions he has held across the continuum of healthcare, Reed Tuckson has developed a strong, informed perspective on how we have to change our approach to healthcare delivery,” Wykoff said. “He advocates for integrating population health promotion and disease prevention – key components of “public health” – into clinical care delivery so we can achieve better outcomes.”

Tuckson’s perspective, Wykoff said, has been shaped by involvement in almost every aspect of medical care delivery, including basic science and its translation into clinical practice; the establishment of biotechnology enterprises; community and individual health enhancement; health information technology and data analysis; telemedicine; and the integration of clinical medicine and public health systems.

The author of the book “The Doctor in the Mirror,” Tuckson is also active on the advisory committee to the director of the National Institutes of Health and the American Telemedicine Association, among others. He also served on cabinet-level advisory committees concerned with health care reform, infant mortality, children’s health, violence, and radiation testing.

Co-sponsors for Tuckson’s talk are the ETSU Public Health Student Association and the LIFEPATH-Tennessee Public Health Training Center.

For more information or to request special assistance for those with disabilities, call (423) 439-4597 or e-mail The lecture will be streamed live at

Past speakers in the series, as well as videos of some lectures, can be viewed on the College of Public Health’s website at

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