Feb. 9, 2018: Brett Giroir was confirmed as the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. Giroir, 57, of Texas, is currently the president and chief executive officer of ViraCyte, LLC, a clinical state biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing cellular immunotherapies for severe infections. He is also a senior fellow at the Texas Medical Center Health Policy Institute and a strategic adviser for the Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute. Giroir is also a member of the Texas Task Force for Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response; and an adjunct professor of pediatrics, tropical medicine and medical ethics and health policy at the Baylor College of Medicine. Giroir was also the Chairman of the independent Blue Ribbon Panel for the Veterans Choice and Accountability Act of 2014. Giroir was also previously the Director of the Defense Science Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency at the U.S. Department of Defense. Giroir received his M.D. from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 1986.