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Tom Buchmueller

Job Titles
Deputy Assistant Secretary

Tom Buchmueller is currently on leave from the University of Michigan, where he is the Waldo O. Hildebrand Professor of Risk Management and Insurance at the Ross School of Business. He also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Health Management and Policy in the School of Public Health. From 2020 to 2023, he was the Ross School’s Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research and from 2012 to 2019 he was chair of the school’s Business Economics and Public Policy area. He was an elected member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Health Economists and from 2018 to 2023 was Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Health Economics. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. From 2011 to 2012 he was the Senior Health Economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

Dr. Buchmueller is a health economist whose research focuses mainly on economic and policy issues related to health insurance, including the relationship between health insurance and the labor market, the regulation of health insurance markets, disparities in health insurance coverage and access to care and health care reform.

Prior to joining the Michigan faculty in 2007, Dr. Buchmueller taught at the University of California-Irvine. He has held visiting positions at INSEAD, the University of Technology-Sydney, The University of Bordeaux and the University of Southern California. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his bachelor’s degree from Carleton College.

Tom Buchmueller - Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Health Policy (HP)