Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) named Sam Shekar, M.D., M.P.H., chief medical officer within the company’s Information Systems sector.
Shekar will offer strategic direction for Northrop Grumman’s health information technology (IT) business and advise the healthcare and public health community, customers, partners and government agencies and health care organizations “on technology and health policy issues in the medical, clinical and public health fields.”
“During his impressive service with the federal government, Dr. Shekar was effective in guiding change and efficiency within agencies, earning him distinguished awards and praise for his accomplishments,” said Amy King, vice president of health IT programs for Northrop Grumman. “We are honored to have him join our company and his unique background will be a valuable asset to Northrop Grumman’s robust suite of services and offerings to national and regional health-related customers.”
According to the firm, “Shekar served as a physician consultant prior to joining Northrop Grumman. Previously, he spent 21 years with the United States Public Health Service. A former Assistant Surgeon General and Rear Admiral, Shekar has held executive-level health policy management positions at the Office of Public Health and Science, the National Institutes of Health, and the Health Resources and Services Administration. He also worked as a medical officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During the record-breaking 2005 hurricane season, he served in Louisiana and Florida, directing the federal health response in Florida for Hurricane Wilma.”