New VHA head Dr. David Shulkin was recently affirmed as head of health care for the Department of Veterans Affairs after leading Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey for the past five years.
According to Wikipedia, vital stats for the organization show the company has:
- 5940 employees
- 1415 physicians
- 192 medical residents
- 687 licensed beds
The Veterans Health Administration meanwhile touts:
- $59 billion budget
- 3 million patients
- 305,000 employees
- 150 medical centers
I’m no rocket scientist, but these numbers just do not add up. Based on these numbers, Dr. Shulkin now runs 150 times the size of an organization he previously ran. So can veterans expect a turn around with Dr. Shulkin in charge?
The fact is, Dr. Shulkin was in charge of just one and happened to create an online rating company for rating doctors. But aside from that, I cannot tell exactly why he is qualified to manage a $50 billion organization.
So what is the story? Why is Dr. Shulkin qualified to take over Veterans Health Administration? Or, is this a political favor being paid?
Here is Dr. Shulkin’s biography per VA.gov:
Prior to joining Morristown Medical Center and Atlantic Health, Dr. Shulkin was the President and CEO of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, where he led a financial turnaround and rebuild of the 1.3 billion dollar organization. Dr. Shulkin has served in numerous physician leadership roles including the Chief Medical Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University Hospital, and the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital. Dr. Shulkin has also served in academic positions including the Chairman of Medicine and Vice Dean at Drexel University School of Medicine.
As an entrepreneur Dr. Shulkin founded and served as the Chairman and CEO of DoctorQuality, Inc one of the first consumer orientated sources of information for quality and safety in healthcare. Dr. Shulkin has been on the editorial boards of numerous journals including the Journal of the American Medical Association and Hospital Physician, and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Patient Safety, the Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management and the Journal of Disease Management.
He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, 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 received advanced training in outcomes research and economics as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Shulkin has received numerous awards and was named one of the country’s top Health care leaders for the next century by Modern Healthcare, an International Leader in Health Care Award by the Healthcare Forum.