The Honorable David J. Shulkin was nominated by President Trump to serve
as the ninth Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) and was confirmed by the
United States Senate on February 13, 2017.
Prior to his confirmation as Secretary, Dr. Shulkin served as VA’s Under
Secretary for Health for 18 months, leading the Nation’s largest integrated
health care system, with over 1,700 sites of care serving nearly nine million
Before he began his service with VA, Dr. Shulkin held numerous chief executive roles at Morristown
Medical Center, and the Atlantic Health System Accountable Care Organization. He also served as
President and CEO of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.
Dr. Shulkin has held numerous physician leadership roles including Chief Medical Officer of the University
of Pennsylvania Health System, Temple University Hospital, and the Medical College of Pennsylvania
Hospital. He has also held academic positions including Chairman of Medicine and Vice Dean at Drexel
University School of Medicine. As an entrepreneur, Dr. Shulkin founded and served as Chairman and
CEO of DoctorQuality, one of the first consumer-oriented sources of information on quality and safety in
A board-certified internist, Dr. Shulkin is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians. He received
his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, and he completed his internship at Yale
University School of Medicine and a residency and fellowship in General Medicine at the University of
Pittsburgh Presbyterian Medical Center. He also received advanced training in outcomes research and
economics as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Shulkin has been named as one of the “50 Most Influential Physician Executives in the Country” by
Modern Healthcare. He has also previously been named among the “One Hundred Most Influential People
in American Healthcare.” He has been married to his wife, Dr. Merle Bari, for 29 years. They are the
parents of two grown children.
Gregory L. Giddens
Greg Giddens joined the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office
of Policy and Planning in October 2010 as the Executive Director of
the Enterprise Program Management Office (ePMO).
His career in civil service began at the Warner Robins Air Logistics
Center as an engineering and logistics manager, followed by an
assignment as program manager at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
in Ohio. Mr. Giddens also held the Deputy Director and Director
positions for all Air Mobility Command training programs within the
System Program Office.
Before joining the Department of Veterans Affairs, Mr. Giddens held
various roles including: the Director for the Department of Defense
Acquisition Personnel Demonstration Project, Program Manager for
the United States Air Force Weather Weapon System, Deputy
System Program Director for E-3 Airborne Warning and Control
System, Deputy Assistant Commandant for Acquisition at the United States Coast Guard (USCG)
Headquarters, and the Deputy Program Executive Officer for the Integrated Deepwater System
Mr. Giddens was reassigned to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in October 2005 to
stand up the DHS Secure Border Initiative (SBI) office and held that position until October 2006
when he became the Executive Director for the SBI Program Executive Office (PEO) within
Customs and Border Protection and then the Executive Director for Facilities Management and
Engineering in October 2008. He was selected to be a member of the Senior Executive Service in
2000 and has received several awards including the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished
Executive in 2005.
Mr. Giddens holds a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of
the Armed Forces, a Master of Business Administration from Georgia College, and a Bachelor of
Science in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.