Professor, Dell Medical School
Former Acting Assistant Secretary, HHS
Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc is a physician whose career has been dedicated to improving the health of all people, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations, through patient care, education, policy and administrative roles, research, and public service. She currently is a professor at the Dell Medical School and has a number of leadership roles including being a member of the board of directors at Humana, serving on the Verily Advisory Board and president-elect of the Society of General Internal Medicine. She served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), a position President Barack Obama nominated her for in May of 2015. She also served as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology from 2014-16; a role in which she was responsible for setting federal and national strategy and policy.