Karen DeSalvo, MD - 2021 World Medical Innovation Forum
DeSalvo, Karen
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Karen DeSalvo, MD

    • Chief Health Officer, Google Health

Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc is Chief Health Officer at Google Health. She is also adjunct Professor of Medicine and Population Health at University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School and co-convenes the National Alliance to Impact the Social Determinants of Health. She is a physician executive working at the intersection of medicine, public health, and information technology to improve the health of all people with a focus on catalyzing pragmatic solutions to address all the social determinants of health. Dr. DeSalvo was National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Assistant Secretary for Health (Acting) in the Obama Administration. Prior to joining HHS, she was the New Orleans Health Commissioner. Dr. DeSalvo was previously Vice Dean for Community Affairs and Health Policy at Tulane School of Medicine, Chief of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. She serves on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and is on the Board of Directors for Welltower and previously served on the Board of Humana. She is the President of the Society of General Internal Medicine and Honorary Vice President, United States, for the American Public Health Association. She earned her MD and MPH from Tulane University, and a masters in clinical epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health.