Melinda B. Buntin, Ph.D., is the Mike Curb Professor of Health Policy and chair of the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Her research interests include health care costs and growth, provider payment systems, and health insurance markets. She previously served as deputy assistant director for health at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), where she was responsible for managing and directing studies of health care and health care financing issues in the Health, Retirement, and Long-Term Analysis division. Prior to joining CBO, Dr. Buntin worked at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and RAND. She has a Ph.D. in health policy with a concentration in economics from Harvard University.