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.