Karen DeSalvo

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.

Videos/Audio of Karen DeSalvo

Health systems contribute significantly to the forces driving climate change, given the vast quantities of energy they... See more
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