Sean Tunis Assumes Role of HTAi President

June 21, 2017

CMTP's President, Founder, and CEO Sean Tunis takes on role as Health Technology Assessment international (HTAi) President


Dr. Sean Tunis Assumes Role of President of Health Technology Assessment international (HTAi)

Baltimore, MD (June 21, 2017) – Sean Tunis, MD, MSc, the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Medical Technology Policy (CMTP), has been elected President of the Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi). Dr. Tunis’ two-year term began this morning, at the HTAi 2017 Annual Meeting in Rome, Italy.  As President, Dr. Tunis will work closely with public and private sector leaders within the global healthcare community to further HTAi’s mission to promote health technology assessment as a scientific, multidisciplinary means to inform healthcare decision making. 

“The field of HTA continues to gain visibility and importance as health systems across the world strive to improve health outcomes, manage spending and promote life sciences innovation.  I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to contribute to this field by working closely with the HTA community, and by expanding partnerships with individuals and organizations doing related work,” said Dr. Tunis.  

“Dr. Tunis has been an active participant in the global HTA community for over 20 years, and has contributed to advances in alignment between HTA groups and regulators, providing early guidance to life sciences companies to help ensure that clinical development plans align with HTA evidence preferences,” said Wim Goettsch, who leads the Directorate of the European Network for Health Technology Assessment.  “I look forward to intensify with Dr. Tunis the collaboration between HTAi and EUnetHTA in order to strengthen the quality, efficiency and impact of HTA.” 

Dr. Tunis has served as Vice President on the HTAi board for the past two years, and he currently serves on a number of advisory boards for a wide range of domestic and international public and private health care organizations on issues of comparative effectiveness, evidence based medicine, clinical research, reimbursement and health technology policy. Prior to founding CMTP, Dr. Tunis was the Director of the Office of Clinical Standards and Quality and Chief Medical Officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and prior to that was the Director of the Health Program of the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment.  

About the Center for Medical Technology Policy (CMTP)
Based in Baltimore, Maryland, CMTP is an independent, nonprofit organization working to strengthen the quality, relevance, and efficiency of clinical research. We do this by bringing together stakeholders from throughout healthcare – public and private payers, regulators, researchers, clinicians, and patients. Together we ask: What are the most important research questions to address, and what are the best methods to answer those questions? Visit for additional information. 

About Health Technology Assessment international (HTAi)
HTAi is the global scientific and professional society for all those who produce, use, or encounter HTA. HTAi has members from over 65 countries and embraces all stakeholders, including researchers, agencies, policy makers, industry, academia, health service providers, and patients/consumers. HTAi is a neutral forum for collaboration and the sharing of leading information and expertise.  Visit for additional information. 

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