VA secretary seat says bye to Dr. David Shulkin and hello to Dr. Ronny Jackson: 5 things to know

Written by Megan Wood | March 29, 2018 | Print  |

David Shulkin, MD, is no longer the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Medscape reports.

Here are five things to know.

1. President Donald Trump announced the former VA secretary was out March 28 via a series of tweets, in which he also nominated White House physician Rear Admiral Ronny L. Jackson, MD, to fill the position.

2. Dr. Shulkin came under fire in February when a VA's inspector general office report revealed he used taxpayer money to pay for his wife's airfare to Europe, CNN reports.

3. After earning his medical degree from Galveston-based University of Texas Medical Branch, Dr. Jackson started his active duty naval service. He later completed his emergency medicine residency at Portsmouth (Va.) Naval Medical Center. Certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine, he is also a fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.

4. While serving in Iraq as an emergency medicine physician in 2006, the White House appointed him to its physician team. Former President Barack Obama appointed him chief physician in 2013.

5. The Senate will need to confirm Dr. Shulkin.

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