Steven Teutsch

Dr. Steven M. Teutsch, MD, MPH is an adjunct professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health; Senior Fellow at the Public Health Institute; and Senior Fellow at the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at the  University of Southern California. 

Until 2014 he was the Chief Science Officer, Los Angeles County Public Health where he continued his work on evidence-based public health and policy. He had been in Outcomes Research and Management program at Merck since October 1997 where he was responsible for scientific leadership in developing evidence-based clinical management programs, conducting outcomes research studies, and improving outcomes measurement to enhance quality of care. Prior to joining Merck he was Director of the Division of Prevention Research and Analytic Methods (DPRAM) at CDC where he was responsible for assessing the effectiveness, safety, and the cost-effectiveness of disease and injury prevention strategies. DPRAM developed comparable methodology for studies of the effectiveness and economic impact of prevention programs, provided training in these methods, developed CDC’s capacity for conducting necessary studies, and provided technical assistance for conducting economic and decision analysis. The Division also evaluated the impact of interventions in urban areas, developed the Guide to Community Preventive Services, and provided support for CDC’s analytic methods. 

He has served as a member of the Community Preventive Services Task Force and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force which develops the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services as well as on Americas Health Information Community Personalized Health Care Workgroup and the Evaluation of Genomic Applications in Prevention and Practice (EGAPP) Workgroup. He chaired the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics Health and Society, and has served on and has chaired several IOM panels, Medicare’s Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee, and on several subcommittees of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Healthy People 2020 and 2030. Dr. Teutsch joined CDC in 1977, where he was assigned to the Parasitic Diseases Division and worked extensively on toxoplasmosis. He was then assigned to the Kidney Donor and subsequently the Kidney Disease Program. He developed the framework for CDC's diabetes control program. He joined the Epidemiology Program Office and became the Director of the Division of Surveillance and Epidemiology where he was responsible for coordinating CDC's disease monitoring activities. He became Chief of the Prevention Effectiveness Activity in 1992. 

Dr. Teutsch was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. He received his undergraduate degree in biochemical sciences at Harvard University in 1970, an M.P.H. in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health in 1973, and his M.D. from Duke University School of Medicine in 1974. He completed his residency training in internal medicine at Pennsylvania State University, Hershey. He was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1977, the American Board of Preventive Medicine in 1995, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and American College of Preventive Medicine. 

Dr. Teutsch has published over 200 articles and 8 books in a broad range of fields in epidemiology, including parasitic diseases, diabetes, technology assessment, health services research, and surveillance.   

Center Affiliations


  • Residency, Internal Medicine, Pennsylvania State University, Hershey, PA
  • MD, Medicine, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • BA, Biochemical Science, Harvard College, Cambridge, MA