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Carolyn Clancy, MD

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Executive in Charge, Veterans Health Administration
Phone: (202) 461-7000

Dr. Clancy serves as the Executive in Charge, Veterans Health Administration (VHA), with the authority to perform the functions and duties of the Under Secretary for Health. She was previously the Interim Under Secretary for Health from 2014-2015. She is a highly experienced and nationally recognized physician executive. As the Executive in Charge, Dr. Clancy directs a health care system with an annual budget of approximately $68 billion, overseeing the delivery of care to more than 9 million enrolled Veterans. VHA is the largest integrated health care system in the United States, providing care at 1,240 sites of care, including 170 VA Medical Centers and 743 VHA outpatient clinics to over 9 million Veterans enrolled in the VA health care program. VHA is the nation's largest provider of graduate medical education and a major contributor to medical and scientific research. More than 73,000 active volunteers, 127,000 health professions trainees, and more than 306,000 full time health care professionals and support staff are an integral part of the VHA community. 

Prior to her current position, she served as the Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Organizational Excellence overseeing VHA’s performance, quality, safety, risk management, systems engineering, auditing, oversight, ethics and accreditation programs, as well as ten years as the Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. In 2015, Dr. Clancy was selected as the Outstanding Federal Executive of the Year by Disabled American Veterans. 

Dr. Clancy, a general internist and health services researcher, is a graduate of Boston College and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She holds an academic appointment at George Washington University School of Medicine and serves as Senior Associate Editor, Health Services Research. Dr. Clancy has contributed to eight academic text books and authored, co-authored and provided invited commentary in more than 225 scholarly journal articles. She served as member of the National Quality Forum, Board of Directors, as the Chair of the AQA Alliance and served on the Board of Governors, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. An elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, Dr. Clancy was most recently presented with the 2014 Quality Champion Award, National Committee for Quality Assurance and was also named as Honorary Fellow, American Academy of Nursing. 

Career Chronology
Dates Description
2017 - Present Executive in Charge, Veterans Health Administration
2015 - 2017 Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Organizational Excellence, VHA, Washington, DC
2015 Chief Medical Officer, VHA, Washington, DC
2014 - 2015 Interim Under Secretary for Health, VHA, Washington, DC
2013 - 2014 Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Quality, Safety & Value, Washington, DC
2003 - 2013 Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Washington, DC