Executive Editor, International Forum, Princeton University;
Adviser, China Health Economics Institute
TSUNG-MEI CHENG is Health Policy Research Analyst at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, USA. She is an expert on comparative health systems with an emphasis on Asian countries. Cheng writes and lectures internationally on topics ranging from single payer systems, health systems change, health care technology assessment and comparative effectiveness research, health care quality, financing, pay for performance focusing on East Asian health systems, to the impact of the WTO and GATS on national health policy. She is the co-founder of the Princeton Conference, an annual national conference on health policy that brings together the U.S. Congress, government, and the research community on issues affecting health care and health policy in the United States. Cheng is an adviser to the China National Health Development Research Center (CNHDRC), the official Chinese government think tank for health policy under China’s Ministry of Health charged with, among other things, conducting policy-oriented research and making recommendations on national health care development strategy for the Chinese government. She is also an advisor to NICE International, an agency of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) which advices the National Health Service (NHS) of the United Kingdom on NHS medical coverage decisions and public health guidelines. NICE International advices governments and agencies overseas on capacity building for evidence base to inform national health policy as well as knowledge transfer among decision-makers across national borders. In addition, Cheng is a member of the International Advisory Group of AcademyHealth, the US-based professional association of health services researchers, and a board member of the America-China Medical Association. Cheng also serves on the International Advisory Board of the Elsevier On-line Encyclopedia of Health Economics. The new on-line publication by the internationally renowned publisher of medical and scientific literature (The Lancet, Cell, Gray’s Anatomy, ScienceDirect etc.) is designed to meet the needs of the rapidly changing and growing field of health economics which calls for timely “authoritative articles on key concepts, issues, theory and methods” in health economics. Cheng was an adviser in 2003 to the Strategic Review Board of the Science and Technology Advisory Group (STAG), a body charged with advising the Office of the Premier of Taiwan, on policies relating to the development of science and technology in Taiwan. Currently she is working on cross-national comparisons of health systems in East Asia focusing on health reforms in China and Taiwan, and comparative effectiveness research in China’s latest health reform. Cheng appears frequently as a commentator in the media, and is the host, writer, and executive editor of the “International Forum,” a Princeton University based television program on international affairs focusing on current global political, economic and security issues, as well as issues concerning global health.