Melinda Buntin recently joined Vanderbilt as the Chair of the new Department of Health Policy. She was previously Deputy Assistant Director for Health at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), where she was responsible for managing and directing studies of health care and health care financing issues in the Health, Retirement, and Long-term analysis Division. Prior to that Dr. Buntin was deputy director of RAND Health’s Economics, Financing, and Organization Program, director of Public Sector Initiatives for RAND Health, and co-director of the Bing Center for Health Economics. Her research at RAND focused on insurance benefit design, health insurance markets, provider payment, and the care use and needs of the elderly. More recently, she was on detail from RAND to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), where she established and directed the economic analysis, evaluation, and modeling group.

She has an A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton and a Ph.D. in Health Policy with a concentration in economics from Harvard. Dr. Buntin is on the editorial board of HSR and Health Care: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation.