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Karen DeSalvo

Chief Health Officer, Google; Former Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, US Department of Health and Human Services

Karen DeSalvo is chief health officer at Google, where she leads a team of health professionals in the development of health research, products, and services across Google. DeSalvo’s career has focused on improving health and eliminating disparities, leaning on her deep experience working at the intersection of medicine, public health, and information technology. Before joining Google, she was national coordinator for health information technology and acting assistant secretary for health in the Obama Administration. DeSalvo served as the New Orleans health commissioner following Hurricane Katrina. She was previously vice dean for community affairs and health policy at Tulane University School of Medicine. Currently, she serves on the Council of the National Academy of Medicine and the board of directors of Welltower, Inc.

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