He had been in the Outcomes Research and Management Program at Merck since October 1997, where he was responsible for scientific leadership in developing evidence-based clinical-management programs, conducting outcomes research studies, and improving outcomes measurement to enhance quality of care. Before joining Merck, he was director of the Division of Prevention Research and Analytic Methods (DPRAM) in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he was responsible for assessing the effectiveness, safety, and cost-effectiveness of disease and injury prevention strategies. DPRAM developed comparable methods for studies of the effectiveness and economic impact of prevention programs, provided training in the methods, developed CDC’s capacity for conducting necessary studies, and provided technical assistance for conducting economic and decision analysis. The division also evaluated the effects of interventions in urban areas, developed the Guide to Community Preventive Services, and provided support for CDC’s analytic methods. He has served as a member of the US Preventive Services Task Force, which develops the Guide, and on America’s Health Information Community Personalized Health Care Workgroup. He currently chairs the HHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society (at National Institutes of Health’s [NIH’s] Office of Science Policy) and serves on the Evaluation of Genomic Applications in Practice and Prevention Working Group. Dr. Teutsch received his undergraduate degree in biochemical sciences at Harvard University in 1970, an MPH in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health in 1973, and his MD from Duke University School of Medicine in 1974. He completed his residency training in internal medicine at Pennsylvania State University, Hershey. He was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1977 and the American Board of Preventive Medicine in 1995 and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Teutsch is an adjunct professor in the Emory University School of Public Health Department of Health Policy and Management and the University of North Carolina School of Public Health. He has published over 150 articles and six books in a broad array of fields in epidemiology, including parasitic diseases, diabetes, technology assessment, health-services research, and surveillance.
Leslie Beitsch, MD, JD, is the associate dean for health affairs and directs the Center on Medicine and Public Health of Florida State University. Before joining the Florida’s College of Medicine, Dr. Beitsch was Commissioner of Health for the state of Oklahoma from June 2001 to November 2003. Earlier, he had held several positions in the Florida Department of Health for 12 years, most recently as deputy secretary. He received his BA in chemistry from Emory University and his MD from Georgetown University School