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Mark T. Upton, MD

Picture of Mark T. Upton, MD Mark T. Upton, MD
Acting AUSH for Community Care (13) Performing Delegable Duties of Deputy Under Secretary for Health, Veterans Health Administration
Phone: 202-461-7459

Dr. Upton is the Deputy to the Assistant Under Secretary for Health, Office of Community Care, Performing the Delegable Duties of the Deputy Under Secretary for Health. He previously served as the Acting Assistant Under Secretary for Health (AUSH) for Community Care in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and is a practicing VA physician. He is board-certified in internal medicine and has additional expertise in patient safety, risk management, and healthcare quality improvement. He received his bachelor’s degree from Gannon University, obtained his medical degree from The University of Toledo College of Medicine where he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism Honors Society and received the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. He completed his residency training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Healthcare Quality & Leadership residency track and is also a graduate of the VA Chief Resident in Quality and Patient Safety (CRQS) program.

Prior to assuming the Delegable Duties of the Deputy Under Secretary for Health, Dr. Upton helped lead VA’s efforts to develop and operate a high-performing network of community providers that meets the needs of our nation’s Veterans. He oversaw provider network development, VA’s contracts with third-party administrators, VA’s processing of community medical claims, revenue collection, and monitoring of quality and patient safety in VA’s community care programs.

Additionally, Dr. Upton previously served as a Patient Safety Officer at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he led patient safety and quality improvement efforts across the hospital. While in Philadelphia, Dr. Upton was also faculty at the Perelman School of Medicine (University of Pennsylvania) where he taught and mentored internal medicine residents, medical students, and fellows. He was awarded an Excellence and Innovation in Patient Safety Award by the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 2015. He is a member of the American College of Physicians and the Society of Hospital Medicine.

Dr. Upton is an active member of the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-being and Resilience and is a member of the American College of Physicians and the Society of Hospital Medicine.