Melinda Buntin

Mike Curb Professor of Health Policy
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Melinda Buntin, PhD, is the Mike Curb Professor of Health Policy and chair of the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She was previously Deputy Assistant Director for Health at the Congressional Budget Office, director of and co-director of the Bing Center for Health Economics at RAND.  Dr. Buntin’s work at Vanderbilt is focused on health care delivery and costs, with an emphasis on improving the value created by the health care system. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, and currently serves on the National Academy of Medicine’s Board on Health Care Services.  Dr. Buntin 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. 

  • In fall 2018, we launched a new Policies for Action Research Hub at Vanderbilt to examine barriers to the healthy development and success of low-income children in Tennessee. We knew that building a strong, policy-focused research agenda would require open communication and a cooperative spirit among our state agencies and community health and education organizations.

    July 1, 2019


    P4A Spark

  • Leveraging more than a decade’s worth of data, the researchers will examine relationships between at-risk children’s health and education outcomes, as well as access to public services. This is vital information as states across the country, and Tennessee in particular, adopt new laws and resolutions that encompass a wide range of policy actions related to child health and education.

    November 12, 2018