Karen DeSalvo

Acting Assistant Secretary for Health and National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, US Department of Health and Human Services

Karen DeSalvo is acting assistant health secretary and national coordinator for health information technology at the US Department of Health and Human Services. From 2011 to 2014, she was health commissioner for the city of New Orleans and senior health policy advisor to the mayor. DeSalvo was previously a professor of medicine and vice dean at Tulane University School of Medicine and president of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum. Her honors include recognition as a Woman of Excellence in Health Care by Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus, one of Governing Magazine’s nine Public Officials of the Year, and one of Modern Healthcare’s 50 most influential physician executives in 2014.

Videos/Audio of Karen DeSalvo

The story of corroded pipes and lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan – and its devastating consequences for children –... See more
The proliferation of infections that can not be treated is a nightmare scenario we have not done nearly enough to... See more
Before Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, almost one-quarter of New Orleans residents lived below the... See more