Don J. Wright

American physician and government official

Don J. Wright is an American physician and government official. He is the current acting United States Secretary of Health and Human Services. Wright was designated by Donald Trump after his predecessor, Tom Price, resigned on September 29, 2017.[2]

Don J. Wright
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United States Secretary of Health and Human Services
In office
September 29, 2017 – October 10, 2017
PresidentDonald Trump
DeputyColleen Barros (Acting)
Preceded byTom Price
Succeeded byEric Hargan
United States Assistant Secretary for Health
Assumed office
February 10, 2017
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byKaren DeSalvo (Acting)
In office
September 4, 2007 – March 28, 2008
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byJohn O. Agwunobi
Succeeded byJoxel García
Personal details
BornTexas, United States[1]
EducationTexas Tech University, Lubbock (BS)
University of Texas, Austin (MD)
Medical College of Wisconsin (MPH)

From 2003 to 2007, Wright was Director of the Office of Occupational Medicine for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).[1]

Wright was replaced by Eric Hargan as the new acting Health Secretary by President Trump on October 10, 2017.[3]

Wright started at HHS in 2007, as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health. In 2009, he became Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Care Quality, and in 2012, he was named Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Don Wright, M.D., M.P.H." June 28, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  2. Goldstein, Amy; Wagner, John (2017-09-29). "Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigns after criticism for taking charter flights at taxpayer expense". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  3. "Trump Announces Eric Hargan as Acting HHS Secretary". KTLA. October 10, 2017. Retrieved October 10, 2017.
  4. Valencia, Robert (September 29, 2017). "Tom Price is out, so it's time to get to know new HHS Secretary Don Wright". Newsweek. Retrieved September 30, 2017.

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