Why He’s Earned Our Notice:
The current US Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the senate unanimously confirmed Shulkin on February 14th of 2017. Before becoming a member of the cabinet, this former CEO worked as the Under Secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs for Health. He’s also a fellow with the American College of Physicians and the Leonard Davis Institute in Health Economics. While practicing medicine, Shulkin received numerous awards from both Modern Healthcare and the Healthcare Forum.
In his new position, Shulkin retains sole responsibility for ensuring veterans get the services they need. This includes access to health care services, benefits programs, job postings, and national cemeteries.
Personal Life and Education:
David Jonathon Shulkin was born at Fort Sheridan on June 22nd of 1959. Considering his current position, a childhood spent on a US Army base will likely prove invaluable. His father, an Army Psychiatrist, continued to work at Sheridan throughout his son’s childhood. Perhaps inspired by the older man’s work, David Shulkin set his sights on medical school.
After graduating from high school, Shulkin enrolled at the Massachusetts-based Hampshire College to complete his Bachelors of Arts degree. In 1982, he graduated from his original alma mater. Without so much as a gap year, Shulkin immediately enrolled at Drexel University to complete his MD. In 1986, David completed his degree and began his internship at Yale University. His residency followed.
Currently, Shulkin’s married to dermatologist, Merle Ban.