David Shulkin, MD, a national thought leader on veterans’ health and patient-centered care, was appointed by President Donald Trump as the 9th United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and served in the role from February 2017 until March 2018. He also served as the Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Health under President Barack Obama.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is the second largest federal government agency, and the Secretary oversees the National Cemetery Administration, the Veterans Benefits Administration, and the Veterans Health Administration. Under Secretary Shulkin’s leadership, the Department streamlined the appeals process for veterans seeking disability benefits, made wait times more transparent, and improved mental health services.
Before his time in government, Dr. Shulkin had a long career of health care leadership and management, including at the University of Pennsylvania Health System (now Penn Medicine), as well as Temple University Hospital, Beth Israel Medical Center, and the Morristown Medical Center. He was also a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at Penn, and has previously been a Penn LDI Senior Fellow as well as Adjunct Senior Fellow.
“Penn LDI provides a unique forum in which to continue my work on important policy issues that can impact the lives of veterans and all Americans. Coming back to Penn in this way is very exciting,” says Dr. Shulkin.