Steven Lieberman, Deputy Under Secretary for Health

Steven L. Lieberman, MD, MBA, FACHE, FACP, was named Deputy Under Secretary for Health, on July 22, 2022. He delivers executive oversight for all policies and programs within the Veterans Health Administration.

Most recently, Dr. Lieberman served as the Acting Under Secretary for Health, leading the largest integrated health system in the nation, managing a budget of over $87 billion, and overseeing the care of 9 million Veterans. Previously, Dr. Lieberman served as Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Health in the Department of Veterans Affairs, leading clinical policies and programs and helping guide VHA through the coronavirus pandemic. Prior to that role, as Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Access to Care, Dr. Lieberman provided executive leadership, strategic direction, and oversight for the transformation of Veteran access to health care within VHA. He was responsible for operational policies regarding clinic management related to access, scheduling, consult management, and wait times.

Dr. Lieberman has over 25 years’ experience with VHA as a board-certified physician in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine as well as leadership roles including Associate Chief of Staff for Quality Management and Deputy Chief of Staff at VA Boston Health Care System and Chief of Staff at VA NJ Health Care System. He earned his medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ, underwent a residency in Internal Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, and completed his Fellowship in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Spinal Cord Injury Medicine at Harvard University Hospitals in Boston, MA. Dr. Lieberman also obtained an executive MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Accomplishments during his career include overseeing the integration of two VA Health care facilities into the current VA Boston Health Care System and serving as a Chief of Staff for VA-led Medical Federal Medical Station Missions following Hurricanes Rita and Gustave. He also served as Co-Chair of the national MyVA Access Sequester Team. Dr. Lieberman is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives where he additionally has served as a member of the VA Regent’s Advisory Council and the Physician Executives Forum Committee.

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