Melinda Buntin, PhD


  • Section Editors: Payment Innovation

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center

  • Melinda Buntin, PhD, is Chair of the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine.  Previously, she was Deputy Assistant Director of the Health, Retirement, and Long-Term Analysis Division of the Congressional Budget Office and 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, payments to providers, and the health care use and needs of the elderly.  Buntin also served as Chief Economist and Director of the Office of Economic Analysis and Modeling in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at Health and Human Services, where she established and directed a group devoted to economic analysis, evaluation, and modeling. Specifically, she led initiatives to the factors driving the adoption, meaningful use, interoperability, and return on investment of electronic health records. Buntin received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his doctoral degree in health policy from Harvard University.