Just yesterday, Rep. Seth Moulton blasted Donald Trump for not yet naming a secretary to head the Department of Veterans Affairs. “This failure is yet another example of Trump’s complete lack of respect for our service, but should come as no surprise from a draft dodger who had five deferments during the Vietnam War. Donald Trump has shown time and time again that he does not respect veterans,” he bemoaned.
Well, he just got his wish.
Donald Trump is giving his first press conference as president-elect, and he casually named David J. Shulkin as his nominee to head the department.
BREAKING: President-elect Donald Trump says he picks VA undersecretary David Shulkin to lead Department of Veterans Affairs.
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 11, 2017
Shulkin was previously nominated by President Obama in 2015 to serve as the Undersecretary of Health. Shulkin now awaits Senate confirmation for the position. According to his official bio, The Honorable Dr. David J. Shulkin is Under Secretary for Health for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. As the Chief Executive of the Veterans Health Administration, Dr. Shulkin leads the nation’s largest integrated health care system with over 1,700 sites of care, serving 8.76 million Veterans each year. The Veterans Health Administration is also the nation’s largest provider of graduate medical education and major contributor of medical research. Dr. Shulkin will have oversight over the system that employs over 300,000 people who work in the health system.
Prior to being nominated by President Obama and being confirmed by the United States Senate as Under Secretary for Health, Dr. Shulkin served in numerous chief executive roles including serving as President at Morristown Medical Center, Goryeb Children’s Hospital, and Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute, and the Atlantic Health System Accountable Care Organization. Dr. Shulkin also previously served as President and CEO of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Shulkin has 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. Dr. Shulkin has also held 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 one of the first consumer-oriented sources of information for quality and safety in healthcare.
He’s got a big job ahead…
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]