Dr. David J. Shulkin


The Honorable Dr. David J. Shulkin was the ninth Secretary of the US Department of
Veterans Affairs. Nominated by President Trump to serve in his Cabinet, Secretary
Shulkin was confirmed by the US Senate by a vote of 100-0. Secretary Shulkin
previously served as Under Secretary for Health having been appointed by President
Obama and confirmed unanimously by the US Senate.
As Secretary, Dr. Shulkin represented the 21 million American veterans and was
responsible for the nation’s largest integrated health care system with over 1,200 sites of
care, serving over 9 million Veterans. VA is also the nation’s largest provider of graduate
medical education and major contributor of medical research and provides veterans with
disability payments, education through the GI bill, home loans, and runs a national
cemetery system.
Prior to coming to VA, Secretary Shulkin was a widely respected healthcare executive
having served as chief executive of leading hospitals and health systems including Beth
Israel in New York City and Morristown Medical Center in Northern NJ. Secretary
Shulkin has also held numerous physician leadership roles including the 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. Secretary Shulkin has held academic positions including the Chairman of
Medicine and Vice Dean at Drexel University School of Medicine. As an entrepreneur,
Secretary Shulkin founded and served as the Chairman and CEO of DoctorQuality one of
the first consumer orientated sources of information for quality and safety in healthcare.
He has served on boards of managed care companies, technology companies, and health
care organizations.
Secretary Shulkin is the University of Pennsylvania Leonard Davis Institute
Distinguished Health Policy Fellow. He is board-certified internist. He received his
medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, his internship at Yale
University School of Medicine, and a residency and Fellowship in General Medicine at
the University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Medical Center. He received advanced training
in outcomes research and economics as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical
Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.
Over his career Secretary Shulkin has been named as one of the Top 100 Physician
Leaders of Hospitals and Health Systems by Becker’s Hospital Review and one of the
“50 Most Influential Physician Executives in the Country” by Modern Healthcare and
Modern Physician. He has also previously been named, “One Hundred Most Influential
People in American Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare.