Public Health Policy and Communication during COVID-19 | Thomas C. Tsai

Public Health Policy and Communication during COVID-19 | Thomas C. Tsai
August 23, 2021 Center for Surgery and Public Health

Speaker: Thomas C. Tsai, MD, MPH

Talk Title: Public Health Policy and Communication during COVID-19

Tuesday, September 14th @ 5:00-6:00 p.m.

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The Center for Surgery and Public Health in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital’s (MGH’s) Codman CenterBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s (BIDMC’s) FIRST program, and Boston Children’s Hospital, showcases Health Services Research (HSR) experts from across the Harvard Campus and all over the country as part of the Harvard Surgical HSR Speaker Series.

The goals of the Harvard Surgical HSR speaker series are to share research methods and findings, disseminate best practices, and identify potential shared interests and areas of collaboration. Held once a month, for a total of 6-9 over the course of the year, these seminars are open to the public, but will be most relevant to academic surgeons, residents, researchers, students and collaborators across the Harvard community.


Thomas C. Tsai, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is a minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgeon and Director of Clinical Care Redesign in the Department of Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is an associate faculty member of the Center for Surgery and Public Health, Ariadne Labs, and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, he led policy development at the Harvard Global Health Institute. Collaborating with the Justice, Health, and Democracy Impact Initiative, he has contributed to developing COVID-19 public policy and public health guidance.

His research uses Medicare claims and other large datasets to study the effectiveness and unintended consequences of health policy interventions on the affordability, accessibility, and quality of health care in the United States. His research has appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Health Affairs, Lancet, Nature Communications, Annals of Surgery, and JAMA Surgery.

During 2014-2015, he served as a Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the US Department of Health and Human Services, where he received the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Tsai currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Council on Graduate Medical Education.