Donald Trump announced at the start of his news conference that he has tapped Dr. David Shulkin, current Undersecretary of Health, to be his nominee to head the Department of Veterans Affairs.
David Shulkin MD is the current Under Secretary of Health for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He was nominated by President Obama on March 18, 2015 to serve as the Undersecretary of Health and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in June 2015. The Undersecretary of health is the chief executive of the nations largest integrated health care system.
Shulkin used to be the President and Chief Executive Officer of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. He also served as President of Morristown Medical Center and the Atlantic Health System accountable Care Organization. He received a BA from Hampshire College in 1982, and a MD degree from Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1986; he then did his internship at Yale School of Medicine, and his residency and fellowship in General Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Medical Center.
He has been Chief Medical Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University Hospital, and the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital.
His other academic positions have included Chairman of Medicine and Vice Dean at Drexel University College of Medicine, and Professor of Medicine at Albert Einstein School of Medicine. Shulkin has been the editor of Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management and Hospital Physician, and has been on the editorial boards of several journals, including Journal of the American Medical Association. He founded and served as the Chairman and CEO of DoctorQuality, Inc a consumer-oriented information service.