David Shulkin is new Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary

Washington, Jan 12 (IANS) President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday chose Undersecretary of Health David Shulkin to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, a media report said.

“I have no doubt Dr Shulkin will be able to lead the turnaround our Department of Veterans Affairs needs. His sole mandate will be to serve our veterans and restore the level of care we owe to our brave men and women in the military,” CNBC quoted Trump as saying.

“Sadly our great veterans have not gotten the level of care they deserve, but Dr Shulkin has the experience and the vision to ensure we will meet the healthcare needs of every veteran,” he said.

“Dr Shulkin is an incredibly gifted doctor who is using his elite talents for medicine to care for our heroes and Americans can have faith he will get the job done right.”

Meanwhile, Shulkin said it was an honour for him to serve the president-elect and called his commitment to caring for veterans “unquestionable.”

Shulkin has served in numerous chief executive roles in New Jersey, including president of Morristown Medical Centre, Goryeb Children’s Hospital and Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute.

He was nominated by President Barack Obama in 2015 to serve as the undersecretary of health.