President Obama yesterday announced he will nominate National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Karen DeSalvo, M.D., to serve as assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services. DeSalvo has been serving as acting assistant secretary for health since last October. Before joining HHS in 2014, she served as health commissioner for New Orleans and senior health policy advisor for New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, and prior to that worked as an internal medicine physician and professor of medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine. She continues to be clinically active in Louisiana.