Washington, D.C. – The Bipartisan Policy Center today is delighted to welcome former U.S. Secretary for Veterans Affairs Lieutenant General (Ret.) James Peake, M.D. as a senior fellow on BPC’s health team. Peake also served as the 40th U.S. Army Surgeon General and works as a private health care executive at CGI Federal.
“We’re thrilled to bring General Peake on board to help us develop practical solutions to the health care challenges of this century,” says BPC Health Innovation Director Neal Neuberger. “He has been a long-time national leader on health care technology issues in government and the private sector, including his time as president of the American Telemedicine Association. He understands how telehealth, remote patient monitoring, and related technology tools can be effectively used to care for active-duty military personnel, veterans, and American families.”
“I’m eager to join the BPC team and get to work on making health care more accessible to Americans,” Peake said. “Through pragmatic policy approaches to innovation in health technology, we can improve the lives of many people across the country.”
Peake brings considerable experience to BPC, particularly around military and veterans health care issues.
In 2007, he was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate to serve as Secretary of Veteran Affairs, the nation’s second-largest cabinet department. From 2000 – 2004, he served as U.S. Army Surgeon General following a career as a general surgeon, cardiac surgeon, and commander of several medical organizations. Peake’s service in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division earned him a Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart.