‘The Doctor in the Mirror’ Empowers Readers to Take Charge of Their
Health by Recognizing Dr. You
Engaging, common-sense guide to everyday health issues by Reed
Tuckson, M.D., emphasizes that the key to wellness is in our hands
Dr. Tuckson’s inspiring message carried nationwide through an
accompanying PBS television show
MINNETONKA, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
With 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day, a new book by Reed Tuckson,
M.D., executive vice president and chief of medical affairs,
UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), aims to put the power of healthy aging
in the hands of average Americans.
“The Doctor in the Mirror” is based on a simple premise: while
preventive care and regular doctor visits are vital to health, the key
to much of our wellness is in our hands. The book encourages readers to
recognize the doctor in the mirror, or “Dr. You,” and provides
information, strategies, ideas and resources designed to help older
adults age with vitality.
As a precursor to the availability of “The Doctor in the Mirror” in
soft-cover and digital versions on Dec. 27, a 1-hour PBS special of the
same name aired in more than 30 markets across the country in November
and December. During the special, Dr. Tuckson shared many of the
concepts addressed in the book before a studio audience.
Dr. Tuckson developed “The Doctor in the Mirror” to share his
common-sense recommendations for living a longer, healthier life more
broadly. The counsel he shares in the book’s pages is based on his four
decades of experience as a physician, including serving in a leadership
role with the American Medical Association and as the commissioner of
public health for the District of Columbia. In his current role, Dr.
Tuckson has a national view of health issues facing more than 75 million
people served by UnitedHealth Group.
A companion website, www.DoctorInTheMirror.com,
provides additional information and resources and allows visitors to
share their questions about health and aging, as well as relevant
personal stories on overcoming barriers and achieving personal health
“One of the most often-overlooked medical truths is that no one knows
what’s going on inside a person’s body or mind like that person does. In
a culture that rightfully gives such reverence to our health
professionals, that’s a powerful concept that gives many people pause,”
said Dr. Tuckson. “I wrote this book to help people understand that one
of the most capable doctors they’ll ever meet is right there in the
mirror. It is my hope that the information and practical tools in the
book will help people recognize the barriers that stand between them and
better health and help them learn how to pull them down, brick by brick.”
Comprehensive in nature, the 359-page book is divided into three
sections that focus on the areas that have the greatest impact on the
health of older adults: lifestyle, medical needs, and home and family.
Each section delves deeply into the health concerns that most often
plague older adults.
Throughout the pages of the book, Dr. Tuckson urges readers to be honest
with themselves about the life they want to live and the health they
need to achieve it. He encourages people to understand the relationship
and interactions they have with friends, family, their community and the
health system, and what is necessary from these relationships to achieve
individual health goals.
Compelling visuals as well as “Medical Notes” and “Doctor’s Orders” are
incorporated throughout the book, which transforms it into a guide that
is intended to be referenced and re-read as needed over the years.
“The Doctor in the Mirror” became available in paperback and eBook
format at Amazon.com on Dec. 27. For more information, visit www.DoctorInTheMirror.com.
About Reed Tuckson, M.D., FACP
Tuckson, M.D., a graduate of Howard University, Georgetown University
School of Medicine, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s
General Internal Medicine residency and fellowship programs, is
executive vice president and chief of medical affairs at UnitedHealth
Group, a Fortune 50 diversified health and well-being company. As
the most senior clinician of UnitedHealth Group, he is responsible for
working with the company’s business units, as well as a network of
600,000 health care providers, 5,000 hospitals and 75 million members to
improve health outcomes.
Dr. Tuckson has extensive experience working with the nation’s
physicians as the former senior vice president, professional standards,
for the American Medical Association. He also has experience in
educating physicians as the former president of the Charles R. Drew
University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles. He has worked to
improve the health of communities as the former senior vice president
for programs of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation and is the
former Commissioner of Public Health for the District of Columbia.
Dr. Tuckson is privileged to interact with the country’s medical thought
leaders through his memberships and activities in the Institute of
Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He expresses his interest
in research as a member of the National Institute of Health’s Advisory
Committee to the Director. Dr. Tuckson has a special interest in
applying new medical technology to support optimal patient-centered
decision making as a member of numerous Health Information Technology
boards and committees, including the American Telemedicine Association.
He recently served as a commissioner, Certification Commission on Health
Information Technology (CCHIT); and is currently a member of the
Performance Measurement Workgroup, Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance
(AQA); and the Quality Workgroup, American Health Information Community
Dr. Tuckson serves on the board of directors of the National Patient
Advocate Foundation, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and Project Sunshine.
Dr. Tuckson was featured on the cover of the February 2009 issue of Black
Enterprise magazine and named one of the “100 Most Powerful
Executives in Corporate America.” He was also selected as one of Modern
Healthcare/Modern Physician’s “50 Most Powerful Physician
Executives” in Healthcare in 2009 and 2010.
About UnitedHealth Group
Group (NYSE: UNH) is a diversified health and well-being company
dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making health care
work better. With headquarters in Minnetonka, Minn., UnitedHealth Group
offers a broad spectrum of products and services through two distinct
platforms: UnitedHealthcare, which provides health care coverage and
benefits services; and Optum, which provides information and technology-
enabled health services. Through its businesses, UnitedHealth Group
serves more than 75 million people worldwide. Visit www.unitedhealthgroup.com
for more information.
Matt Burns, 952-931-6242