Physician entrepreneur, informaticist and academic medical leader David Shulkin, M.D., has been named chief medical officer at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.
Shulkin, a graduate of the Medical College of Pennsylvania, served his residency in internal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Medical Center and completed his fellowship in general medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.
He was further trained in outcomes research and cost-effective analysis at University of Pennsylvania as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation scholar.
In 1999, he co-founded DoctorQuality of Conshohoken, Pa., a vendor of software used to track and report on adverse events and near misses, serving as president and CEO. The company was acquired by Quantro in 2003.
Shulkin comes to Temple from Drexel University School of Medicine, where he served in numerous leadership positions, most recently as vice dean and chief medical officer of the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital, and as chief and co-chairman of the Department of Medicine and chief quality officer.
In the 1990s, Shulkin held a variety of posts in the University of Pennsylvania Health System, including chief medical officer, before going on hiatus as an information technology entrepreneur.
"I spent 10 years as the chief medical officer at Penn," Shulkin said. "I found that being away from the hospital environment and patients, I missed that so much I came back."
Shulkin said his experience in the IT world will serve him well as chief medical officer at Temple, as, increasingly, the CMO role includes helping integrate IT with physicians' and patients' needs.
Without a public hospital in Philadelphia, the 650 licensed beds at Temple University Hospital run at 97% capacity, while its emergency room handles 58,000 visits a year with a growth rate of 20%, Shulkin said.
"It's known for being a very mission-driven organization serving an underserved area where no one else wants to be," he said. "There really is almost always an urgent need to make sure the patients who are in the hospital are the ones who are supposed to be in the hospital."
Temple has a computerized physician order entry system, but now, he said, "the biggest program under way is to take the clinical and quality data and really being to start integrating that into the physicians at point of care."
Shulkin has been a member of the board of the Academy of Quality at the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and is a board member of the WEDI Foundation, a not-for-profit group that encourages the use of healthcare information technology.
In 2002, he founded the not-for-profit Patient Safety Officer Society, based in Philadelphia, with a grant from Bridge Medical, Solana Beach, Calif. The society merged in November 2003 with the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians and now has about 800 members.
Shulkin is the medical editor of Hospital Physician.