ONC names former Siemens CMO Donald Rucker as new national coordinator

By Heather Mack
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Dr. Donald Rucker has been named the new national coordinator for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. An active player in healthcare IT, Rucker will take the job over from acting national coordinator Dr. Jon White, who served following the resignation of Vindell Washington in January. Washington took over for Dr. Karen DeSalvo in August 2016.

Rucker, who served as Siemens’ Chief Medical Officer from 2000 to 2013, currently works as an adjunct professor at Ohio State University’s college of medicine. According to his Linkedin profile, he is also the chief medical officer at Premise Health.

Prior to his stint at the German electronics company, Rucker held emergency department physician positions with the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and was the medical scientist at Datamedic. At that company, Rucker helped create one of the first Windows-based electronic medical records.

Rucker has several degrees from well-regarded institutions: An AB in chemistry from Harvard, a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and both an MBA and an MS in Medical Computer Science from Stanford University.