Karen DeSalvo

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Karen DeSalvo
Acting Assistant Secretary for Health
In office
October 2014 – February 2017
Preceded byONC Chief Medical Officer Jacob Reider, Acting for 3 months following October 2013 resignation of Farzad Mostashari

Karen DeSalvo is a physician and public health expert who served as the former[1] Assistant Secretary for Health, former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and former Director of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), a staff division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)[2] in the executive branch of the United States Government.


DeSalvo received her MD and MPH from Tulane University, and subsequently served as Vice Dean for Community Affairs and Health Policy there.[3] DeSalvo previously served as New Orleans Health Commissioner and New Orleans Mayor Mitchell Landrieu’s Senior Health Policy Advisor. In her role as National Coordinator, DeSalvo reported directly to Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of HHS.

Beginning in October 2014 DeSalvo served as an acting Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and on May 7, 2015, she was officially nominated.[4] On August 11, 2016, it was announced that DeSalvo was resigning as head of the National Coordinator for Health IT to focus on her duties as Acting Assistant Secretary of Health.[5] DeSalvo left the Assistant Secretary post in February 2017.


  1. ^ "Karen DeSalvo (@KBDeSalvo) | Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  2. ^ "Office of the Secretary Staff Divisions | HHS.gov". hhs.gov. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Karen DeSalvo: 10 facts you may not know". 31 December 2013.
  4. ^ "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts". whitehouse.gov. 6 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Karen DeSalvo stepping down as national coordinator to join HHS full-time". Healthcare IT News. 2016-08-11. Retrieved 2016-08-11.

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