Rep. Tom Price Picked for Health and Human Services Secretary
In late November, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), a former Emory School of Medicine faculty member and Grady Hospital physician, was named by President-elect Donald Trump as his pick for Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary.
The six-term Republican congressman would lead HHS, which has an annual budget of more than $1 trillion and includes agencies such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the FDA, the NIH, and the CDC. Price represents Georgia’s sixth district, which includes many of Atlanta’s northern suburbs, and was appointed chair of the House Budget Committee at the end of 2014.
Before his election to Congress, Price was an orthopedic surgeon. He came to Georgia for his orthopedic surgery residency at Emory, entered private practice in 1984, and was one of the founders of Resurgens Orthopedics, becoming involved in politics through the Medical Association of Georgia. While a member of the State Senate, he became an assistant professor at Emory, from 2002 to 2015. He was also medical director of the Orthopedic Clinic at Grady Hospital, overseeing the training of resident doctors.