HHS Secretary Tom Price has resigned after a series of reports claimed he spent over $1 million of taxpayer money on private flights.
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WASHINGTON â With Tom Priceâs resignation Friday as Health and Human Services secretary, the job of running the department falls to Don Wright, whom President Trump has named acting secretary.
So who is Don Wright?
Wright is a family medicineÂ physician who embarked on a career in the federal government 14 years ago under then-President George W. Bush and has held a number of senior executive roles.
Wright, whose appointment became effective at 11:59 p.m. Friday, has worked at Health and Human Services for 10 years. Since February, he has been the departmentâs acting assistant secretary.
Wrightâs public service career has focused broadly on public health, occupational health andÂ health policy, as well as health care quality, disease prevention and health promotion, according to his LinkedIn biography.
Before he became acting assistant secretary, Wright worked as the deputy assistant secretary for health and director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
His career highlights, according to his LinkedIn biography, include developing and implementing a national plan to reduce health care associated affections; creating a system âof measurable performance measuresâ for 13 program offices and 10 regional health offices; and providing research misconduct oversight for a $30 billion research portfolio funded by the federal government.
Bush choseÂ him to represent the United States as the alternate delegate at the World Health Organizationâs Executive Board. He also served on the National Cancer Institute Advisory Board.
From 2003 to 2007, Wright worked in the…