Feb. 14, 2017: David Shulkin was confirmed as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) by the U.S. Senate yesterday, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. U.S. Senators confirmed Shulkin on a 100-0 vote. Shulkin was most recently the VA’s Under Secretary of Health, the VA’s top health official, since 2015, a post that he was appointed to by President Obama. Shulkin, 57, a physician, is the first non-veteran to lead the VA, which is the federal government’s second-largest agency, has nearly 370,000 employees and has an annual budget of nearly $167 billion. Immediately before he was appointed as the VA’s Under Secretary of Health, Shulkin was the president of the Morristown Medical Center, a post he held since 2010. He was also concurrently the president of the Atlantic Accountable Care Organization and a vice president of Atlantic Health. From 2005 to 2009, Shulkin was the president and chief executive officer of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, and from 2004 to 2005 he was the chief medical officer of Temple University Hospital. Shulkin received his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania.