David Shulkin Confirmed as Veterans Affairs Secretary

David Shulkin

David Shulkin, former undersecretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs, has been confirmed by the Senate as VA secretary through a unanimous vote, USA Today reported Monday.

Donovan Slack writes Shulkin said at his confirmation hearing that he would lead VA’s reform and transformation as well as help the department increase veterans’ access to healthcare services in the private sector.

Shulkin also vowed to block efforts to privatize the department, according to the report.

He previously served as president at Morristown Medical Center, Goryeb Children’s Hospital, Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute and the Atlantic Health System Accountable Care Organization before he was appointed to the VA undersecretary post.

Shulkin also worked as president and CEO of Beth Israel Medical Center and held various physician
leadership roles at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University Hospital and the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital.

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