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Alex Azar II

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (2018 - Present)

Quick Facts
Personal Details

Education

  • JD, Law, Yale Law School, 1988-1991
  • AB, Government/Economics, Dartmouth College, 1984-1988

Professional Experience

  • JD, Law, Yale Law School, 1988-1991
  • AB, Government/Economics, Dartmouth College, 1984-1988
  • Member of Board of Directors, HMS, 2016-present
  • Member of Board of Directors/Executive Committee Member/Co-Chair of Reiumbursement Committee, Biotechnological Innovation Organization, 2013-2017
  • President, Eli Lilly and Company, 2012-2017
  • Chairman/Founder, Seraphim Strategies LLC, 2017
  • Vice President of Managed Healthcare Services and Puerto Rico, Eli Lilly and Company, 2009-2011
  • Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communications, Eli Lilly and Company, 2007-2009
  • Partner, Wiley Rein LLP, 1996-2001
  • Associate Independent Counsel, Office of the Independent Counsel, 1994-1996
  • Law Clerk, Justice Antonin Scalia, United States Supreme Court, 1992-1993
  • Law Clerk, Judge J. Michael Luttig, United States Court of Appeals, 1991-1992

Political Experience

  • JD, Law, Yale Law School, 1988-1991
  • AB, Government/Economics, Dartmouth College, 1984-1988
  • Member of Board of Directors, HMS, 2016-present
  • Member of Board of Directors/Executive Committee Member/Co-Chair of Reiumbursement Committee, Biotechnological Innovation Organization, 2013-2017
  • President, Eli Lilly and Company, 2012-2017
  • Chairman/Founder, Seraphim Strategies LLC, 2017
  • Vice President of Managed Healthcare Services and Puerto Rico, Eli Lilly and Company, 2009-2011
  • Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communications, Eli Lilly and Company, 2007-2009
  • Partner, Wiley Rein LLP, 1996-2001
  • Associate Independent Counsel, Office of the Independent Counsel, 1994-1996
  • Law Clerk, Justice Antonin Scalia, United States Supreme Court, 1992-1993
  • Law Clerk, Judge J. Michael Luttig, United States Court of Appeals, 1991-1992
  • Secretary, United States Department of Health and Human Services, 2018-present
  • Confirmed by the United States Senate, Secretary, United States Department of Health and Human Services, January 24, 2018
  • Nominated by President Donald Trump, Secretary, United State Health and Human Services, November 13, 2017
  • Deputy Secretary, United States Department of Health and Human Services, 2005-2007
  • General Counsel, United States Department of Health and Human Services, 2001-2005

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • JD, Law, Yale Law School, 1988-1991
  • AB, Government/Economics, Dartmouth College, 1984-1988
  • Member of Board of Directors, HMS, 2016-present
  • Member of Board of Directors/Executive Committee Member/Co-Chair of Reiumbursement Committee, Biotechnological Innovation Organization, 2013-2017
  • President, Eli Lilly and Company, 2012-2017
  • Chairman/Founder, Seraphim Strategies LLC, 2017
  • Vice President of Managed Healthcare Services and Puerto Rico, Eli Lilly and Company, 2009-2011
  • Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communications, Eli Lilly and Company, 2007-2009
  • Partner, Wiley Rein LLP, 1996-2001
  • Associate Independent Counsel, Office of the Independent Counsel, 1994-1996
  • Law Clerk, Justice Antonin Scalia, United States Supreme Court, 1992-1993
  • Law Clerk, Judge J. Michael Luttig, United States Court of Appeals, 1991-1992
  • Secretary, United States Department of Health and Human Services, 2018-present
  • Confirmed by the United States Senate, Secretary, United States Department of Health and Human Services, January 24, 2018
  • Nominated by President Donald Trump, Secretary, United State Health and Human Services, November 13, 2017
  • Deputy Secretary, United States Department of Health and Human Services, 2005-2007
  • General Counsel, United States Department of Health and Human Services, 2001-2005
  • Member of Board of Directors, American Council on Germany, 2010-2018
  • Member of Board of Directors, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, 2008-2018
  • Executive Committee Member, Healthcare Leadership Council, 2012-2017
  • Treasurer, Healthcare Leadership Council, 2013-2017
  • Member of Board of Trustee, Healthcare Leadership Council, 2008-2017
  • Executive Committee Member, Yale Law School Association, 2010-2013
  • Vice President, Yale Law School Association, 2011-2013
  • Member of Board of Directors/Chairman of Human Resource Committee, Indianapolis Airport Authority, 2009-2012
  • Member of Board of Directors, National Association of Manufacturers, 2008-2012

Other Info

— Awards:

  • Surgeon General's Medallion (Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service, 2007)

Articles

McConnell's CARES Act Boosts Poison Control Centers to Protect Kentucky Children

Apr. 24, 2020

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today the Kentucky Poison Control Center in Louisville, Kentucky will receive $66,594 to improve its capacity to respond to increasing calls during the coronavirus pandemic. These federal funds, distributed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration, were made available by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Senator McConnell introduced the CARES Act, which became the largest economic relief package in history, and led it to enactment in about a week. "As our nation faces the health and economic crisis of the coronavirus, we must continue protecting our children from harm," said Senator McConnell. "By boosting the resources for local poison control centers and their education, prevention and treatment efforts, we can keep our kids healthy and remove unnecessary strains on the healthcare system. I'm proud that my CARES Act is delivering emergency relief to fight this crisis in Kentucky, and I'm grateful to our healthcare heroes who are working tirelessly to keep our families and communities safe." "Today's funding gives Poison Control Centers the support they need to field the significant increase in calls we've seen during the COVID-19 pandemic," said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. "Poison control centers are an easily accessible resource for Americans to protect their health, providing information about the risks of products they may be more likely to use to keep their households clean and loved ones safe during the pandemic. This funding secured by President Trump from Congress helps the dedicated medical professionals who staff Poison Control Centers continue their vital work." In addition to these federal funds, Kentucky communities and organizations have so far received more than $1 billion to address urgent housing, transportation, healthcare, education and economic development priorities from Senator McConnell's CARES Act.

Alexander: Trump Administration, State and Local Health Systems Doing Their Job to Help Protect Americans Against Coronavirus

Feb. 25, 2020

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the Trump Administration and state and local health systems are "doing their job" to protect Americans against the coronavirus -- a viral disease that was first detected in Wuhan, China -- and asked U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar about specific steps the Administration is taking to help control this public health threat. "Looking around the world, there is reason to be alarmed. Ten days ago, for example, there were over 49,000 confirmed cases [of coronavirus] in the world. Today, there are over 79,000 confirmed cases in the world. But, now looking at home, we had 14 cases ten days ago and still have only 14 cases today, plus the 39 Americans that were brought back from China and Japan, mostly from the cruise ship. With this alarming situation in the world, what have you been doing right here at home?" Alexander said. "My guess is 20 years of preparation by Democrats and Republicans on this committee and Democrats and Republican presidents to be ready for pandemics, number one. Number two, it's the extraordinary public health system we have in this country, state and local, doing their job. And number three, the first and most aggressive quarantine requirements that have been done in 50 years." Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar: "So we are bearing the fruits actually of our pandemic flu preparedness activities, which I was one of the architects of in the Bush administration and that Congress funded. We're seeing the public health infrastructure from that is coming to form. One of the most important things we did as soon as alerted to this and as soon as we had a genetic sequence and understood the nature of the symptoms of this disease was to alert our state and local public health partners and our health professionals. And that's why 13 of those 14 cases were identified by healthcare professionals astutely seeing that these were individuals who had been in Wuhan province and presented with flu like symptoms, got into the system, and took advantage of that one-week- developed CDC test to confirm results. So that kind of public health infrastructure, the world's best, is the backbone of our response activities here. In addition, we worked on the aggressive border containment measures, and we've worked with China to try to get transparency and get information." Alexander discussed the coronavirus with Secretary Azar at today's Senate Labor Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee hearing. After the White House requested additional funding yesterday for the coronavirus response, Alexander, as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said he will work to make sure the government continues to have the resources it needs. Alexander, as chairman of the Senate health committee, also plans to hold a hearing next Tuesday to find out more about what the Trump Administration is doing to prevent spread of the coronavirus and what steps have been taken to coordinate the federal response.

Rep. Pressley statement on Trump Administration visit to Massachusetts 7th

Nov. 6, 2019

Today, in response to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and first lady Melania Trump's visit to Boston Medical Center, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) issued the following statement: The Massachusetts 7th is one of the most vibrant, diverse and unequal districts in the country. As the largest safety net hospital in New England, the Boston Medical Center plays a critical role in addressing the persistent inequities that have taken root in communities across the 7th, the Commonwealth, and the country. With each passing day, this administration, led be HHS Secretary Azar, continues to the undermine the efforts of the incredible staff at BMC and health centers across the nation by stoking fear, limiting access to maternity and reproductive health care, and allowing providers to refuse care to patients in need. For the thousands of vulnerable patients - especially immigrants, people of color, and new moms and babies with serious health concerns -- today's visit is more than just a photo op. It's a chance to remind and educate the Secretary and First Lady of the ways in which our medical centers work to eliminate disparities and ensure that all people, regardless of income and immigration status, have a fundamental human right to health care.

Events

2019

Apr. 4
National Youth Sports Strategy Public Listening Session

Thur 9:15 AM – 12:15 PM EDT

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Washington

Feb. 22
Secretary Alex Azar's 2019 State of the Department Address

Fri 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM EST

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Washington

Dec. 18
Surgeon General Press Conference on E-cigarette Use Among Youth

Tue 9:30 AM – 10:15 AM EST

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Washington