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Who is David Shulkin? 3 things to know about trump, former Secretary of Veterans Affairs

David Shulkin was dismissed from his post as Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

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David Shulkin served as a 9. secretary of Veterans Affairs, under President Trump the Cabinet, hold the position for only about a year, until Trump announced his replacement in March 28.

The 58-year-old, according to reports, the first non-veterans with the leadership of the Department in the Feb. 13, 2017, will be replaced by a permissible Ronny Jackson, of serve so far, such as the White house physician, Trump announced in a tweet.

“I am grateful for Dr. David Shulkin service to our country and to our Great VETERANS!” Trump said after the announcement of his removal.

….In the meantime, Hon. Robert Wilkie of DOD to serve as Acting Secretary-General. I am grateful for Dr. David Shulkin service to our country and to our Great VETERANS!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2018

Shulkin, a doctor, business man, and he added, a former volunteer firefighter, told Fox News in an E-Mail on March 22, it is a “privilege for the presentation of the 20 million American veterans and to work every day to improve our ability to serve you.”

“There is not a day has passed, I am amazed by these men and women,” he added. “I am honored to be the implementation of the President’s commitment to our country’s heroes and make a positive difference in your life.”

Read it to know more for a look at three things, Shulkin.

He was a holdover from the Obama administration

In 2015, the former President Barack Obama will Shulkin typed under Secretary for health at the VA.

After his confirmation by the Senate, he served in this role for 18 months, “which serve the nation’s largest integrated health care system with over 1,700 sites of care, almost nine million veterans,” according to his official Veterans Affairs biography.

As a Secretary, Shulkin, the entire $monitored 177 billion Agency, according to the Military times.

When he served as Secretary, Shulkin said he wanted to “give veterans greater choice in how and where they receive their care and services and the modernization of the VA system with advanced equipment, systems and management practices,” adding that “reducing veteran suicide [his] top clinical priority.” (A 2016-a study by the VA found that about 20 veterans in the U.S. commit suicide every day).

Shulkin said the VA is working closely with partners in the community, such as the #bethere campaign, a suicide prevention and support program aimed specifically at veterans. The VA is also “expanding access to behavioral health services and the use of “predictive analytics,” he added.

He is a doctor

Shulkin received his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, according to his biography. Later, he became a medical internship at Yale University, and then a resident at the University of Pittsburgh.

Before working in the Department of veterans Affairs, Shulkin, chief medical officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Temple University hospital and the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital, his biography States.

He was also the President and CEO of the New York Beth Israel Medical Center from 2005 to 2009, according to ABC News.

Shulkin crossed medicine with business, when he founded doctor quality, “one of the first consumer-oriented sources of information on quality and safety in health care,” according to his biography.

In addition, Shulkin Mrs. Merle Bari, with whom he has two children, is a dermatologist in Philadelphia.

Shulkin said helped his experience with private sector organisations in the past, to bring him, “a new approach for the government.”

“I have a CEO of the start-ups as well as large health systems, and from each of these environments, I’ve learned a lot, I believe, is transferable to the improvement of the VA,” he said. “In search of change, as we are, in VA, you are bound to encounter challenges and make mistakes. The important thing is to learn from these experiences and not to repeat them-that is, how organizations and improve performance.”

He comes from a military family

Shulkin may not be a veteran, but he comes from a military family.

He was born on a military base in Illinois, and his father was an army physiatrist, according to the Military times. Both of his grandfathers served during the first world war, one of them is also the chief pharmacist at the VA in Madison, Wisconsin.

Originally from a military family, “made me more aware of the psychological and medical needs of those people in our country,” Shulkin served said during his 2015 hearing, according to the Military times.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

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