Month: January 2015

New Appointments: Thomas Woodruff, Ph.D.-Director of Health Economics

TCW Head Shot Nov 2014Thomas Woodruff is director of the Healthcare Policy & Benefit Services, Division of the Office of the Connecticut State Comptroller. The Division is responsible for investment policy and administration of the state’s $4.5 billion dollar defined contribution retirement plans as well as state’s employee and retiree medical, dental, and pharmacy benefit programs for 210,000 employees, retirees, and their family members. This year, Dr. Woodruff has been a member of the State’s Steering Committee for a federally sponsored State Innovation Model initiative that is developing a state-wide plan for healthcare delivery and payment reform. Dr. Woodruff’s research focuses on the study of the optimum use of healthcare services for the improvement of total population health.

Prior to joining state service in June of 2004, Dr. Woodruff had over 25 years of experience in employee benefits, management, research, insurance, employment policy, investment, collective bargaining and pension plan product development, legislation, and regulation. Dr. Woodruff was the executive director of the President’s Commission on Pension Policy during the Carter administration, a visiting professor at Cornell University, executive director of the foundation-supported Commission on College Retirement and the CEO of his own consulting firm. Dr. Woodruff has three degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Economics, Planning, and Management.