Former ONC head Dr. Karen DeSalvo joins Dell Med

Karen DeSalvo, MD, a former leader at HHS' ONC, will join the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin's Dell Medical School, effective in January.

Dr. DeSalvo is a nationally recognized physician leader at the intersection of public health, medicine and health IT. She was appointed by former President Barack Obama in 2014 to serve as national coordinator for health IT and concurrently served as assistant secretary for health at HHS.

At Dell, Dr. DeSalvo will serve as a professor in the division of primary care and value-based health, with a primary appointment in the department of internal medicine and secondary appointment in the department of population health. She will work on projects involving community health, medical care and research related to the social determinants of health, as well as ways of leveraging technology and digital health in public health programs and strategies.

"Awareness that health means more than healthcare cuts across the Dell Medical School. As a brand-new institution, it has a unique opportunity to design an educational, clinical and community approach to health," Dr. DeSalvo said. "The innovation that's happening here is exciting, and I look forward to joining the dynamic and distinguished team of leaders."

Dr. DeSalvo has served as health commissioner for the City of New Orleans and held a faculty appointment and leadership position at New Orleans-based Tulane University, including chief of the division of general internal medicine.

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