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Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D.
Public Sector Chair
Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Discovery and Advancement, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Dr. Clancy serves as the Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Discovery and Advancement, effective July 22, 2018.

Previously, Dr. Clancy served as the Executive in Charge, Veterans Health Administration, with the authority to perform the functions and duties of the Under Secretary for Health from October 2017-July 2018.  She also previously served as the Interim Under Secretary for Health from 2014-2015.  She is a highly experienced and nationally recognized physician executive. 

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.