Thomas W. Concannon

Thomas W. Concannon
Senior Policy Researcher
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Ph.D. in health policy and administration, Harvard University; M.A. in political science, McGill University; B.A. in political science, University of Massachusetts

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Thomas Concannon is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, assistant professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine (2006–present), and Codirector of Stakeholder and Community Engagement at Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (2015–present). For more than 25 years, Concannon has collaborated with patients, clinicians, and other stakeholders in health care and research. Concannon pursues several major research interests: (1) delivery, access, and use of specialty care, including in burns, cardiovascular, and orthopedic health services, (2) evaluation of biomedical research through scoping reviews and mixed methods study, and (3) involvement of patients, clinicians, and other stakeholders in clinical and translational science. He is committed to improving the usefulness of research in policy decisions. He has led several large evaluations of PCORI, CMS, CMMI, and CDC programs and service delivery models. He has published frameworks aimed at improving the translation of biomedical research through pragmatic and stakeholder-engaged study. 

Concannon earned his Ph.D. in health policy at Harvard University and his M.A. in political science at McGill University.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine; Co-Director, Stakeholder and Community Engagement Program, Tufts Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute

Previous Positions

Staff Consultant, John Snow, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts; Client Services Director, North Shore AIDS Health Project, Gloucester, Massachusetts

Recent Projects

  • Engagement Measures Landscape Analysis
  • Translational Impact of the World Trade Center Health Research Program
  • Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (National Center for Advancing Translational Science - Stakeholder and Community Engagement
  • Assessment of Appropriate Use of Real-World Evidence for Medical Devices
  • Measures of Consumer Engagement in HIV Care Quality Improvement

Selected Publications

Concannon TW, Meissner P, Grunbaum JA, McElwee N, Guise JM, Santa J, Conway PH, Daudelin D, Morrato EH, Leslie LK, "A new taxonomy for stakeholder engagement in patient centered outcomes research," Journal of General Internal Medicine, 27(8), 2012

Concannon, Thomas W., Mark W. Friedberg, Ann Hwang, and Kris Wiitala, Engaging Consumers in the Quality Measurement Enterprise, RAND Corporation (RR-1760), 2017

Concannon TW, Grant S, Welch V, Petkovic J, Selby J, Crowe S, Synnot A, Greer-Smith R, Mayo-Wilson E, Tambor E, Tugwell P, for the Multi-Stakeholder Engagement (MuSE) Consortium, "Practical guidance for involving stakeholders in health research," Journal of General Internal Medicine, 34(3), 2019

Concannon TW "Engaging Patients and Stakeholders in Health Research: An Introduction," in Zimmerman, EB, Researching health together: Engaging patients and stakeholders in health research from topic identification to policy change, SAGE Publishing, 2020

Concannon TW, Stem K, Chaplin J, Girman CJ "Stakeholder Engagement in the Design and Conduct of Pragmatic Randomized Trials," in Girman CJ, Ritchey ME , Pragmatic Randomized Clinical Trials Using Primary Data Collection and Electronic Health Records, Elsevier, 2021

Timbie JW, Kim AY, Concannon TW, "Use of Real-World Evidence for Regulatory Approval and Coverage of Medical Devices: A Landscape Assessment," Value in Health, 24(12), 2021

Concannon, Thomas W., Laura J. Faherty, Jaime Madrigano, Sean Mann, Ramya Chari, Sameer M. Siddiqi, Justin Lee, and Liisa Hiatt, Translational Impacts of World Trade Center Health Program Research: A Mixed Methods Study, RAND Corporation (RR-A390-1), 2021

Lerner D, Palm ME, Concannon TW , Broadly Engaged Team Science in Clinical and Translational Science, Springer, 2022

Honors & Awards

  • PhRMA Foundation Challenge Award (first place, $50,000) for Frank L, Concannon TW. Here to Represent: Optimizing Representativeness and Enhancing Equity Through Patient-Engaged Healthcare Valuation in American Journal of Managed Care. Supplement published, PhRMA Foundation


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