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Episode 3: Former US Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin on Crisis Leadership and the VA “Wait Time” Issue

David Shulkin, Former Secretary of United States Veterans Affairs, on the U.S. VA wait time crisis.  David Shulkin, Former Secretary of the United States Veterans Affairs (U.S. VA), discusses his response to the VA “wait time crisis after his appointment by President Obama – where many U.S. veterans could not access urgently needed healthcare through the nation’s veterans’ hospitals.    Shulkin also takes listeners through an array of crises managed while working for the government, including the Pulse nightclub shooting and the Charlottesville riots, and how he stood by his principles – even at the risk of dismissal from public service.   


David Shulkin Former US Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David J. Shulkin was the ninth Secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs in the Trump Administration and VA’s Under Secretary of Health in the Obama Administration. As Secretary, Dr. Shulkin represented the 21 million American veterans and was responsible for the nation’s largest integrated health care system with over 1,200 sites of care, serving over 9 million Veterans. Dr. Shulkin is a widely respected healthcare executive having served as chief executive of leading hospitals and health systems including Beth Israel in New York City, Morristown Medical Center in Northern NJ, and currently advises leading health systems. Over his career, Dr. Shulkin has been named “One Hundred Most Influential People in American Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare. He continues to advocate on behalf of the country’s veterans by serving on the board of numerous nonprofits that serve veterans, and is the author of the recent book, “It Shouldn’t Be This Hard to Serve Your Country: Our Broken Government and the Plight of Veterans”.