David Shulkin

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David Shulkin
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9th United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Assumed office
February 14, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Bob McDonald
Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Health
In office
July 6, 2015 – February 13, 2017
President Barack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded by Carolyn Clancy (Acting)
Succeeded by Vacant
Personal details
Born David Jonathon Shulkin
(1959-06-22) June 22, 1959 (age 58)
Fort Sheridan, Illinois, U.S.
Spouse(s) Merle Bari
Education Hampshire College (BA)
Drexel University (MD)

David Jonathon Shulkin (born June 22, 1959) is the United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs. He was nominated by President Donald Trump and unanimously confirmed by the Senate on February 13, 2017. Prior to becoming the VA Secretary, Shulkin served as the Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Health of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs from 2015 until 2017 in the Obama administration.

Early life, education, and personal life[edit]

Shulkin was born at the Fort Sheridan U.S. Army base in Highland Park, Illinois, where his father served as an Army psychiatrist.[1][2] He received a BA from Hampshire College in 1982, and an MD degree from Medical College of Pennsylvania (which has since merged into Drexel University) 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 is married to Merle Bari, a dermatologist.[3]

Career[edit]

Shulkin specialized in health care management.[4] He has been described as one of the "high priests" of patient centered care.[4] Shulkin served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.[5] While there, Shulkin would walk the wards after midnight after he discovered the night shift was providing a lower quality of care.[4] He also served as president of Morristown Medical Center and as vice president of Atlantic Health System Accountable Care Organization.[6]

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.[7]

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 College of Medicine.[8] 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.[9][10]

Shulkin has written several peer-reviewed journal articles and other professional publications.[11] In 1999, Shulkin started a pay for performance company called DoctorQuality, which ultimately failed.[4]

Veterans Affairs[edit]

In 2015, Shulkin left the private sector when he was named by President Barack Obama as Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Health in the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.[12][13][14][15] When his staff told him it would take ten months to organize a summit on combat veteran suicides, Shulkin told them that the wait would cost 6,000 lives and to get it done in one month, which they then did.[4]

On January 11, 2017, Shulkin was nominated by President-elect Donald Trump as United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs.[16] Trump, who had first considered five others, nominated Shulkin after a recommendation by Ambassador David M. Friedman.[4]

On February 13, 2017, the United States Senate unanimously confirmed Shulkin as the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs in a 100–0 vote,[17] making him the only cabinet nominee by President Trump to have unanimous consent.[18] He is the first non-veteran to hold the position.[19] For President Trump's address to a Joint Session of Congress on February 28, 2017, Shulkin served as the designated survivor.[20]

Shulkin continues to see patients in person and remotely over the internet.[4] He oversees the government’s second-largest agency, with over 350,000 employees and 1,700 facilities.[4] One-third of veterans are currently sent to private health care providers, which Shulkin hopes to increase.[4] In April 2017, Shulkin had every VA hospital and clinic begin publicly posting quality data and wait times.[4] He hopes to provide those with a less than honorable military discharge with free mental health care.[4] Shulkin supports legislation to make it easier for the VA to hire and fire staff.[21][4]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Fellow of the American College of Physicians[22]
  • Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute in Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • National Health Policy Fellow, U.S. Senate Committee on Aging
  • Named one of the country's top Health care leaders for the next century by Modern Healthcare,[23]
  • Ranked as International Leader in Health Care Award by the Healthcare Forum.[24]
  • Named One of the Hundred Most Powerful in Healthcare (ranked #86) by Modern Healthcare (2008).[25]

Published works[edit]

  • Questions Patients Need to Ask by David J. Shulkin, M.D. (Paperback – Nov 24, 2008)[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Everything You Need to Know About Trump's VA Pick". ABC News. 2017-01-12. Retrieved 2017-02-09. 
  2. ^ Times, Military. "Trump picks top vets health official as the next VA secretary". Military Times. Retrieved 2017-02-09. 
  3. ^ Wood, Sam (May 9, 2016). "Can Philadelphia's David Shulkin cure the VA?". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Philipps, Dave; Fandos, Nicholas (13 May 2017). "New Veterans Affairs Chief: A Hands-On, Risk-Taking ‘Standout’". The New York Times. p. A1. Retrieved 14 May 2017. 
  5. ^ "Trump taps former Beth Israel CEO David Shulkin to lead VA". Advisory Board. January 12, 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 
  6. ^ Westhoven, William (January 11, 2017). "Trump names former Morristown Medical president to head VA". Daily Record. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 
  7. ^ Yen, Hope (January 11, 2017). "Former chief medical officer at Penn, Temple picked to lead VA". Philly Voice. Associated Press. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 
  8. ^ Like Night and Day — Shedding Light on Off-Hours Care
  9. ^ Ludwig, Elisa. "Changing Systems, Changing Lives: David Shulkin, MD, MCP '86". Drexel University College of Medicine. Archived from the original on January 12, 2017. Shulkin also founded DoctorQuality.com Inc., a startup that was one of the first organizations in the country to use publicly available data to make assessments about the quality of doctors and hospitals. 
  10. ^ Shane, Leo (March 18, 2015). "White House picks nominees for VA's top health, IT posts". Military Times. Archived from the original on January 12, 2017. Shulkin has served on a number of East Coast medical boards and organizations, including CEO of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York and Chief Medical Officer of several Philadelphia hospitals. He also was founder of DoctorQuality Inc., a consumer-oriented health care information sharing venture. 
  11. ^ Levine, Daniel (January 11, 2017). "David Shulkin: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Heavy. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 
  12. ^ "Who Is David Shulkin? 4 Things To Know About Trump’s Latest Appointment". CBS. January 11, 2017. 
  13. ^ Lisa Rein, (January 11, 2017). "David Shulkin tapped as Trump’s VA secretary". Washington Post. 
  14. ^ Camila Domonoske, Trump Announces David Shulkin As Pick For Secretary Of Veterans Affairs NPR.org January 11, 2017
  15. ^ Trump Names Dr. David Shulkin to Head Veterans Affairs Bloomberg News Jan 11, 2017
  16. ^ Domonoske, C. (January 11, 2017). "Trump Announces David Shulkin As Pick For Secretary Of Veterans Affairs". 
  17. ^ Slack, Donovan (February 13, 2017). "Senate confirms David Shulkin as Veterans Affairs secretary". USA Today. Retrieved February 13, 2017. 
  18. ^ Andrews, Wilson (March 20, 2017). "How Each Senator Voted on Trump’s Cabinet and Administration Nominees". The New York Times. nytimes.com. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  19. ^ Lawrence, Quil (13 February 2017). "Senate Confirms First Nonveteran To Lead VA". NPR.org. Retrieved 16 February 2017. 
  20. ^ "Philip Rucker on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2017-03-01. 
  21. ^ H.R. 1259, 115th Cong. (2017).
  22. ^ "David Shulkin, MD, named president of Morristown Memorial Hospital and vice president of Atlantic Health". NJ.com. July 20, 2010. Retrieved January 11, 2017. A board-certified internist, Shulkin has served in numerous physician leadership and academic roles, including: chief medical officer for Temple University Hospital and for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as vice dean and chairman of the Department of Medicine for Drexel University School of Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, professor of medicine at Albert Einstein School of Medicine and a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute in Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, completed his internship at Yale University School of Medicine, and completed a fellowship in general medicine from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. 
  23. ^ . Healthcare Leaders for the Next Century"- Modern Healthcare September 15, 1997
  24. ^ Emerging Leaders"- Healthcare Forum Journal- July/August 1998
  25. ^ The nominees for the 2008 ‘100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare’ May 26, 2008
  26. ^ Gandel, Cathie (May 15, 2009). "Ask the Tough Questions". AARP. Archived from the original on January 12, 2017. "I've seen numerous cases of medical errors and discovered after the fact that the patient or family member knew something was wrong and didn’t speak up," says David Shulkin, M.D., professor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and editor of the book Questions Patients Need to Ask: Essential Information Every Patient Needs to Know. 

Further reading[edit]

  • "Recognizing Quality"- Disease Management Protocols at Core of A Pennsylvania Hospital's Award Winning Approach".- Modern Healthcare February 2, 1998
  • "What Quality Measurements Miss"- Managed Care Interface March 1997.
  • "Ten Ways Technology Can Make You Money" - TIME Magazine (Guide to Personal Technology)- April 1998

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