Sean Tunis

Sean Tunis, MD, MSc

Founder and Director, Center for Medical Technology Policy

Former CMO, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services



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, relevance and efficiency of clinical research by providing a neutral forum for collaboration among experts, stakeholders and decision makers.   Dr. Tunis was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Initial National Priorities for Comparative Effectiveness Research.   He advises a wide range of domestic and international public and private 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 Chief Medical Officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), where he had lead responsibility for clinical policy for the Medicare and Medicaid programs.  Previously, he 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, where he worked on pharmaceutical and device policy issues. 

Dr. Tunis trained at the University of California in Los Angeles and the University of Maryland in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine, and holds adjunct faculty positions at the Center for Health Policy at Stanford University, the Department of Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and the Department of Surgery at the University of California at San Francisco.