Steven Teutsch - Evidence-based Public Health & Policy

Steven M. Teutsch was formerly the Chief Science Officer, Los Angeles County Public Health where he worked on evidence-based public health and policy.  He had been in the Outcomes Research and Management program at Merck 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.  Prior to joining Merck he was Director of the Division of Prevention Research and Analytic Methods (DPRAM) at CDC, where he was responsible for assessing the effectiveness, safety, and cost-effectiveness of disease and injury prevention strategies.  DPRAM developed comparable methodology for studies of the effectiveness and economic impact of prevention programs, provided training in these methods, developed CDC’s capacity for conducting necessary studies, and provided technical assistance for conducting economic and decision analysis.  The Division also evaluated the impact 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 that task force and the US Preventive Services Task Force, which develops the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services as well as on America's Health Information Community Personalized Health Care Workgroup and the Evaluation of Genomic Applications in Prevention and Practice (EGAPP) Workgroup.  He chaired the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society and served on and has chaired IOM panels, Medicare’s Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee and formerly on several subcommittees of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Healthy People 2020. 

Dr. Teutsch came to CDC in 1977, where he was assigned to the Parasitic Diseases Division and worked extensively on toxoplasmosis.  He was then assigned to the Kidney Donor and subsequently the Kidney Disease Program.  He developed the framework for CDC's diabetes control program.  He joined the Epidemiology Program Office and became the Director of the Division of Surveillance and Epidemiology where he was responsible for coordinating CDC's disease monitoring activities.  He became Chief of the Prevention Effectiveness Activity in 1992.

Dr. Teutsch was born in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He 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 at Hershey.  He was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1977, the American Board of Preventive Medicine in 1995, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and American College of Preventive Medicine.  Dr. Teutsch is an Adjunct Professor at the Emory University School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management; U. No. Carolina School of Public Health; adjunct professor at UCLA School of Public Health and Senior Scholar at the Schaeffer Center at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Teutsch has published more than 200 articles and eight books in a broad range of fields in epidemiology, including parasitic diseases, diabetes, technology assessment, health services research and surveillance.