Professor of Medicine and Population Health, University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School; Former Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, US Department of Health and Human Services
Karen DeSalvo is a professor of medicine and population health at University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. During the Obama administration, she served as acting assistant secretary for health and national coordinator for health information technology at the US Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to that, she was New Orleans health commissioner, vice dean for community affairs and health policy at Tulane School of Medicine, and president of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum. Among other honors, she was named one of Governing Magazine’s Public Officials of the Year and one of Modern Healthcare’s 50 most influential physician executives in 2014.