Google snaps up former Obama healthcare official Karen DeSalvo

Karen DeSalvo, M.D., advises Google on providers, doctors and nurses across the company’s cloud unit and Alphabet’s life sciences arm Verily, where she has been on the advisory board. (LVR Health)

Karen DeSalvo, M.D.

Current position: Chief health officer at Google

Former position: Adjunct professor of medicine and population health at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School and senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center; acting assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services; National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Hire date: October 2019

Why she is a leader to watch: Karen DeSalvo, M.D., served as one of the highest healthcare and health IT policy leaders during the Obama administration and brings to Google a deep understanding of the industry. She has made patient-centered care and interoperability cornerstones of her career.

DeSalvo's hiring is the latest example of how Google is expanding its roster of healthcare talent as it pushes deeper into the healthcare market. She reports to David Feinberg, M.D. (also profiled in this report), and advises Google on providers, doctors and nurses across the company’s cloud unit and Alphabet’s life sciences arm Verily, where she has been on the advisory board. 

Google snaps up former Obama healthcare official Karen DeSalvo