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Jonathan B. Perlin, MD, PhD, MSHA, FACP, FACMI

Jonathan B. Perlin, MD, PhD, MSHA, FACP, FACMIPresident, Clinical Services and Chief Medical Officer
HCA, Inc. (Hospital Corporation of America)

Dr. Jonathan B. Perlin is Chief Medical Officer and President, Clincal Services and Chief Medical Officer – Quality of Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA, the nation's leading provider of healthcare services. He is responsible for clinical strategy and continually improving performance at HCA's approximately 180 hospitals and 80 outpatient centers.

Before joining HCA in 2006, Dr. Perlin was Under Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. As the Chief Executive Officer of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Dr. Perlin led the nation’s largest integrated health system.

At VHA, Dr. Perlin directed the provision of care to more than 5.3 million patients annually by more than 200,000 healthcare professionals at 1,400 sites, including hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, counseling centers and other facilities. A champion for implementation of electronic health records, Dr. Perlin led VHA performance to international and domestic recognition as reported in academic literature and lay press and as evaluated by RAND, Institute of Medicine, and others.

He joined VHA in 1999 and served as Chief Quality and Performance Officer, Acting Chief Research and Development Officer, and Deputy Under Secretary for Health in addition to his most recent position as Under Secretary. Prior to joining the VHA, he was Medical Director for Quality Improvement at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals – Virginia Commonwealth University Health System.

Dr. Perlin has served on numerous Boards and Commissions including the National Quality Forum and American Health Information Community and is broadly published in healthcare quality and transformation. A Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Perlin has a master’s of science in health administration. He received his Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology (performing research in molecular neurobiology) with his M.D. as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College of Virginia Campus.

Perlin resides in Nashville with his wife, Donna. They have two young children, Ben, and Sara. He was born on February 25, 1961.