Elise Berliner, Ph.D., is the Director of the Technology Assessment Program at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The Technology Assessment program provides technology assessments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to inform Medicare coverage decisions and other policy issues. Prior to joining AHRQ, Dr. Berliner worked as a consultant to pharmaceutical and medical device companies on cost-effectiveness and outcomes research, technology assessment and reimbursement planning. Dr. Berliner also has several years of experience in research and development at a number of innovative medical technology companies. She was a Congressional Fellow at the Office of Technology Assessment. Dr. Berliner received her Ph.D. in biophysics from Brandeis University.