Dr. Hassan Tetteh, MD, MPA, MBA, FACHE
Surgeon & Author
Dr. Tetteh is a U.S. Navy Commander and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and Adjunct Faculty at Howard University, College of Medicine. Tetteh served as Assistant Deputy Commander for Healthcare Operations and Strategic Planning at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and his clinical work includes cardiovascular disease management, heart failure, heart and lung transplantation, infomatics and compassionate health care delivery. He is also director of Thoracic Transplantation Procurement and Research for the INOVA Health System Heart and Lung Transplant Program in Virginia. Tetteh received the Alley Sheridan Award in 2007 from the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education. As a servant leader, and naval officer, Dr. Tetteh solves problems with global perspective in administration, public policy, and social entrepreneurship.
Dr. Tetteh served as ship’s surgeon and director of surgical services for the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) battle group in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005. In 2011, he deployed as a trauma surgeon to Afghanistan’s Helmand and Nimroz provinces in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with II Marine Expeditionary Forces. He earned both the Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer and Fleet Marine Force Qualified Officer designations, and his military honors include the Meritorious Service Medal. Tetteh is author of the novel Gifts of the Heart and has published articles on surgical innovation, health information technology, ethics, wounded warriors, and process improvement. Tetteh received his B.S. from State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh, his M.D. from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, his M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. He completed his thoracic surgery fellowship at the University of Minnesota and advanced cardiac surgery fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Dr. Tetteh is board certified in surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. As a Health Policy Fellow from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, sponsored by the Institute of Medicine, Dr. Tetteh spent the fellowship year providing a clinical perspective at CBO, working with different teams of analysts on a variety of health policy projects. Specifically, he contributed to studies about the cost of chronic conditions, the costs of obesity and their effects on the federal budget, “supply” issues within the health care workforce, and the impact of health information technology on the federal budget. He also analyzed policy proposals aimed at achieving savings in Medicare.