Trump’s HHS Secretary Tom Price has resigned — see how he went from surgeon to Capitol Hill

Price's future is up in the air.

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Price’s future is up in the air.
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Tom Price is out at the White House.

Business Insider reported the US Health and Human Services secretary resigned after sparking a firestorm of criticism over his travel bills.

According to a report from Politico, Price’s flights on private and military planes have racked up costs of over $1 million.

Long before he was appointed HHS secretary, and before he was a Republican member of Congress, Price worked as an orthopedic surgeon for years in the Atlanta area.

Here’s a look back at Price’s medical and political career:


Price launched his political career in Georgia, but he grew up in Lansing, Michigan. Atlanta Trend reported that he worked as an EKG tech at a local hospital in high school.

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Source: Detroit News, The Michigan Daily, MedCity News, Atlanta Trend


Price earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

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Source: Detroit News, The Michigan Daily


He stuck around the University of Michigan for medical school as well. Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, Price received his M.D. in 1979.

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Source: Detroit News, The Michigan Daily, MedCity News


After medical school, Price traveled to the state he would eventually represent in Congress. He moved to Roswell, Georgia, to complete his orthopedic surgery residency at Emory University’s Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

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Source: Emory, Stat News


In 1984, Price went into private practice, opening an orthopedic clinic in Atlanta. He told Atlanta Trend he felt physicians in the city went through a “malpractice crisis” in the 1980s, prompting his interest in local politics. He began working with the Medical Association of Georgia early in his career.

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Source: MedCity News


According to the New York Times, Price merged his practice Compass Orthopedics with several other Atlanta clinics to form Resurgens Orthopaedics, “the largest orthopedic practice in Georgia.”

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Source: MedCity News, The New York Times


The New York Times reported Price felt frustrated with insurance companies and federal health regulators alike.

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Source: The New York Times


As a result of his views, he became a member of the conservative nonprofit Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. One of the group’s extreme stances is an opposition to mandatory vaccinations.

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Source: Washington Post


In 1996, Price ran for Georgia’s state Senate as a Republican and won. In 2002, he left private practice and became the medical director of Grady Memorial Hospital’s orthopedic clinic, described by the New York Times a “a vast, chaotic, aging complex, just a few blocks from the State Capitol.”

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Source: The New York Times


He subsequently served in the House of Representatives from 2005 to 2017, representing the northern suburbs of Atlanta. He began pushing for an alternative to US President Barack Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act in 2009.

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Source: The New York Times, Congress, Forbes


During the 2016 Republican primaries, Price criticized Trump and said he voted for Sen. Marco Rubio.

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Source: The New York Times, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal


But that didn’t stop the president-elect from selecting him as HHS secretary in November. In July, the president joked that he would fire Price if the Republicans didn’t pass a new healthcare bill.

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Source: The New York Times, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Insider


Trump previously emphasized his displeasure over the HHS secretary’s use of private jets, but demurred from announcing whether or not he would fire him, telling reporters “we’ll see.” Friday, Business Insider reported Price had resigned.

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Source: Business Insider, Business Insider