Tracy W. Gaudet, M.D., director of the Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), will deliver the keynote commencement address to more than 100 graduating students and guests at MUIH’s commencement ceremony on Monday, June 2, 2014, from 7 – 9 p.m.
As the director of the VHA’s Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation, Dr. Gaudet and her team work to improve the health and well-being of veterans by identifying and putting into practice methods for providing patient-centered integrative care.
“Dr. Gaudet is actively shifting the VHA to include integrative health practices and to create a model that puts our veterans at the center of care,” said Frank Vitale, president and CEO of MUIH. “Her work echoes the values of MUIH and is beautifully aligned with our approach to transforming the nation’s healthcare system. We are honored that she has accepted our invitation to speak and I know that her message will strongly resonate with our graduates, faculty and staff.”
Dr. Gaudet is internationally known as an expert in transforming health care from a traditional disease-based model to a new model of care for the 21st century based on patient-centered health care. She joined the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ VHA at the beginning of 2011 as the Director of the VHA’s newly founded Office of Patient-Centered Care and Cultural Transformation, which is based in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the VHA, Dr. Gaudet was the executive director of Duke Integrative Medicine, where under her leadership, Duke Integrative Medicine opened a state-of-the-art healthcare facility dedicated to the transformation of medicine through the exploration of new models of whole-person health care.
To learn more about Dr. Gaudet, read her profile in Fortune Magazine.