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  • Press Release

    AAMC Statement on Nomination of Xavier Becerra as HHS Secretary and Key Members of Health Leadership Team

    Media Contacts

    Stuart Heiser, Senior Media Relations Specialist

    AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, issued the following statement on the nomination of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra for secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the naming of other key members of the Biden administration’s health care team:

    “The AAMC congratulates Xavier Becerra on his nomination as HHS secretary as well as the other members of the Biden administration’s health care leadership team announced today, including Vivek Murthy, MD; Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH; Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS; Anthony Fauci, MD; Jeff Zients; and, Natalie Quillian. Mr. Becerra’s experience as a champion of the Affordable Care Act will be invaluable to ensuring that more Americans have access to the vital health care they need. We also believe in this team’s collective knowledge and experience to lead efforts in the response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    We are confident that this team’s familiarity with the unique role of academic medicine – comprised of the nation’s medical schools, teaching hospitals, and health systems – will be an asset when it comes to improving the health of people everywhere through patient care, research, education, and community collaboration. The AAMC and its members will continue to use our clinical, scientific, and medical education expertise in support of the new administration and new congress to strengthen the health and well-being of our country.

    The AAMC looks forward to working with Mr. Becerra, the team announced today, and others appointed in the coming weeks to address the health and well-being of all Americans now and in the future.”

    The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) is a nonprofit association dedicated to improving the health of people everywhere through medical education, health care, medical research, and community collaborations. Its members are all 157 U.S. medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education; 13 accredited Canadian medical schools; approximately 400 teaching hospitals and health systems, including Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 70 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC leads and serves America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and the millions of individuals across academic medicine, including more than 193,000 full-time faculty members, 96,000 medical students, 153,000 resident physicians, and 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences. Following a 2022 merger, the Alliance of Academic Health Centers and the Alliance of Academic Health Centers International broadened the AAMC’s U.S. membership and expanded its reach to international academic health centers.