Dr. David Shulkin Nominated to be VA Secretary

During a press conference on January 11th, President-Elect Trump announced the nomination of  David Shulkin, MD, to be the next Secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs.  A board-certified internist, Dr. Shulkin serves as VA's Undersecretary for Health, a position he's held in the Obama administration since 2015.

As Undersecretary for Health, Dr. Shulkin oversees the largest integrated healthcare system in the country. He has served "in numerous chief executive roles" as stated in his biography.

In his current role, Dr. Shulkin advanced creation of the Joint Legacy Viewer, which allows clinicians to view a veteran's VA and military medical records simultaneously. While testifying before a Senate committee this past June, on the topic of the VA’s VistA modernization, Dr. Shulkin said, ”we are looking beyond what VistA 4 will deliver in FY 2018, and we are evaluating options ... to ensure that we have the best strategic approach to modernizing our EHR for the next 25 years.”

Before joining VA, Dr. Shulkin was president of the Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey and, earlier, president and chief executive of the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.