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HTA 101: About the Author


Clifford S. Goodman, PhD, is a Senior Vice President and Principal at The Lewin Group.  He has 30 years of experience in such areas as health technology assessment (HTA), evidence-based health care, comparative effectiveness research, health economics, and studies pertaining to health care innovation, regulation, payment, and access.  He directs studies and projects for an international range of government agencies; pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies; health care provider institutions; and professional, industry, and patient advocacy groups.  His work on databases in HTA and health services research contributed to the development of the HealthSTAR (later incorporated into MEDLINE) and HSRProj databases of the National Library of Medicine.  He has testified to the US Congress on issues pertaining to Medicare coverage of health care technology.  Dr. Goodman served as Chair (2009-12) of the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) for the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  He served as President (2011-13) of the professional society, Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi), and is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

Earlier in his career, as a National Research Council Fellow and later as director of the Council on Health Care Technology, he managed and staffed a series of HTA projects at the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academy of Sciences, including the landmark study, Assessing Medical Technologies.  Subsequently, Dr. Goodman was a visiting researcher at the Swedish Council on Technology Assessment in Health Care (SBU) in Stockholm.  He did his undergraduate work at Cornell University, received a master's degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and earned his doctorate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

The Lewin Group ( is a national health care and human services consulting firm based in Falls Church, Virginia, near Washington, DC.  It has delivered objective analyses and strategic counsel to public agencies, nonprofit organizations, industry associations and private companies across the United States for more than 40 years. The Lewin Group does not advocate for any policy, program or legislation. The Lewin Group is an Optum company.  Optum is an analytics, technology and consulting services firm.  Optum is a wholly-owned subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, a diversified health and well-being company.  Neither Optum nor UnitedHealth Group or its subsidiaries review the work products of The Lewin Group. The Lewin Group operates with editorial independence and provides its clients with the expert and impartial health care and human services policy research and consulting services.

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Last Reviewed: March 7, 2017