Carino Tanisha
Tanisha Carino
Executive Director, FasterCures
Health, Medical Research


Tanisha Carino, Ph.D., the respected senior executive with more than two decades of experience in academia, government, and the private sector, joined the Milken Institute as executive director of FasterCures, the center devoted to saving lives and improving the medical research system. Throughout her distinguished career, Dr. Carino has been at the forefront of collaborative efforts to promote policies, research, and business practices that support the fight against disease and improve the lives of patients. She most recently led the U.S. policy function for GlaxoSmithKline, a U.K.-based science-led global healthcare company. Prior to her role at GlaxoSmithKline, she spent more than a decade with Avalere Health, where, among other responsibilities, she founded the Center on Evidence Based Medicine and worked with patients, government, and senior leaders at Fortune 500 companies to maximize opportunities and mitigate challenges related to biomedical research and patient access. Prior to Avalere, Dr. Carino worked in the Medicare program to improve access for its beneficiaries and support the development of real-world evidence. Dr. Carino earned her Ph.D. in health policy from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and is associate faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She also completed a Fulbright fellowship in The Netherlands, where she was based at The Institute for Technology Assessment and Department of Health Policy and Management at Erasmus University. During her fellowship, she studied how global institutions make technology and health care decisions and investments. Her research was published in the volume Health Care Coverage Determinations: An International Comparative Study. Since then, she has been widely published on topics that include patient engagement and paying for cures. She holds a B.A. in sociology from Emory University in Atlanta.