President, MDA Consulting Inc.

45 Province St. #2602 Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (857) 233-5116



1976 - 1978


University of California, Berkeley, CA, Graduate School of Public Policy, Masters in Public Policy (M.P.P.)

1973 - 1974


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, B.A. with honors. Major: American Studies

1971 - 1973


Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, Major: Political Science




March 2002 -


MDA Consulting, Inc., Boston, MA

I formed MDA Consulting, Inc. to resume my career as a consultant and advisor on reimbursement and marketing matters. The firm’s clients consist primarily of venture capital firms; start-up biotechnology, device, and diagnostic companies; and some large pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms.

1999 to 2002


Board Member, and Reimbursement Advisor, Boston, MA

I served on the Board of Directors of Cambridge Heart, Inc., a public company with a test for risk of sudden death due to heart disease. In addition, I gave reimbursement advice to several investors and principals in start-up companies developing devices and diagnostics for pediatric infections and chronic heart disease, among other conditions.

1988 to 1999


Founder and Vice President, Covance Health Economics and Outcomes Services Inc. (Formerly, Health Technology Associates, Inc.), Washington, DC

With two colleagues, I founded Health Technology Associates, Inc., a strategic consulting firm specializing in reimbursement planning and market studies for new medical technologies. We helped launch hundreds of biotechnology drugs, traditional pharmaceuticals, diagnostic tests, imaging technologies, devices and supplies, surgical instruments, and vaccines. These products often were expensive and break-through innovations to diagnose and treat a myriad of diseases, including cancer, kidney failure, heart disease, chronic and acute infections, genetic disease, and HIV/AIDS.

  • When I retired, in 1999, the firm had grown from four employees to more than 250, including physicians, economists, biostatisticians, analysts, marketing experts, and hotline staff expert in insurance and government policy. Initially, my partners and I focused on strategic reimbursement and marketing consulting, but in response to client demand, we added consulting practices that:
    1. evaluated quality health care
    2. analyzed health care outcomes
    3. resolved problem insurance claims and answered reimbursement questions through toll-free telephone hotlines.
  • In 1996, Covance purchased Health Technology Associates, Inc. The parent company, Covance, had more than $500 million in annual revenues and specialized in conducting animal and clinical trials for FDA approval. The firm, then renamed Covance Health Economics and Outcomes Services Inc. became a wholly owned subsidiary of Covance, headquartered in Princeton, NJ.
  • In 1999, when I retired, Covance Health Economics and Outcomes Services exceeded $29 million in revenues.
  • I directed the Economic Strategies Group, the strategic consulting arm of the business, with more than 60 employees and $9 million in revenues.

1981 - 1988


Consultant, Lewin and Associates, Inc., Washington, DC (now owned by Quintiles)

  • Developed and managed a market research and strategic planning practice within the firm.
  • Started a medical technology group specializing in the market development and launch of biotechnology, devices, and pharmaceuticals.
  • Managed public policy engagements for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other government agencies.

1979 - 1981


Analyst, Health Care Financing Administration, Office of Legislation and Policy, Washington, DC

  • Served as Presidential Management Intern assigned to the Health Care Financing Administration.
  • Managed policy analysis of Medicare and Medicaid issues, specializing in long term care, mental retardation, and mental illness.

1978 - 1979


Analyst, Department of Health Services, Office of Policy Analysis, State of California, Sacramento, CA (part-time while in school)

  • Focused on effect of Proposition 13 property tax rebate on county health services.
  • Served as staff to State Commission on Financing of County Health Services.

1974 - 1976


Analyst, Mental Health Advisory Board, City of San Francisco, CA

  • Served as Assistant to Director, and coordinated meetings of a citywide advisory board charged with providing citizen input to plans for community mental health centers.
  • Prepared report on city financing of mental health services.


  • Volunteer advisor on reimbursement for Boston Medical Centerís Pediatric Obesity Clinic, 2005-2006
  • Frequent presenter on reimbursement to organizations such as Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) and investor conferences, 2002 to present
  • Editorial Board of Managed Care Pharmaceuticals, 1993-1997
  • Board of Center for Health Technologies, Miami, Florida, 1993-1994
  • Board of Hospice of the District of Columbia, 1988-1991
  • Presidential Management Intern, 1979-1981

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