Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, FACP
Former Acting Assistant Secretary for Health & National Coordinator for Health IT at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Karen DeSalvo has led core public health offices and oversaw development of health policy recommendations, including Public Health 3.0, a defining of the future of public health. Dr. DeSalvo also served as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology concurrently for nearly two years from January 2014 to August 2016. She focused national attention on moving beyond adoption of electronic health records to focus on data liquidity and interoperability to support innovation and consumer health goals. Under Dr. DeSalvo’s leadership as Delivery System Reform strategy co-lead, HHS set and met historic goals in payment reform and supported transformed models of care delivery.
Dr. DeSalvo was previously Health Commissioner for the City of New Orleans. While there, she transformed the outmoded health department to one that achieved national accreditation and recognition, restored health care to devastated areas of the city, and led the establishment of a public hospital. She was professor of medicine and vice dean for community affairs and health policy at Tulane University School of Medicine. She earned her MD and MPH from Tulane University and an MSc in clinical epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health.