Dr. David J. Shulkin, M.D. was nominated by President Barack Obama and sworn in as VA’s Under Secretary for Health on July 6, 2015. As Under Secretary, Dr. Shulkin directs a health care system with an annual budget of approximately $59 billion, overseeing the delivery of care to more than 9 million enrolled Veterans. VA, the nation’s largest health care system, employs more than 305,000 health care professionals and support staff at more than 1,200 sites of care, including hospitals, community based outpatient clinics, nursing homes, domiciliaries, and 300 Vet Centers.
Dr. Shulkin previously served as President at Morristown Medical Center, Goryeb Children’s Hospital, and Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute, part of Atlantic Health System. Dr. Shulkin also was President of Atlantic Accountable Care Organization (ACO), one of the largest Medicare-approved ACOs in the country.
Prior to joining Morristown Medical Center and Atlantic Health, Dr. Shulkin was the President and CEO of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, where he led a financial turnaround and rebuild of the 1.3 billion dollar organization. Dr. Shulkin has served in 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. Dr. Shulkin has also served in academic positions including the Chairman of Medicine and Vice Dean at Drexel University School of Medicine.
As an entrepreneur Dr. Shulkin founded and served as the Chairman and CEO of DoctorQuality, Inc one of the first consumer orientated sources of information for quality and safety in healthcare. Dr. Shulkin has been on the editorial boards of numerous journals including the Journal of the American Medical Association and Hospital Physician, and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Patient Safety, the Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management and the Journal of Disease Management.
He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, completed 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. Dr. Shulkin has received numerous awards and was named one of the country's top Health care leaders for the next century by Modern Healthcare, an International Leader in Health Care Award by the Healthcare Forum.