Hon. Donna M. Christensen M.D.

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Hon. Donna M. Christensen M.D.

Former Chair, Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust


The Honorable. Donna M. Christensen retired from the U S House of Representatives in 2015 where she served nine terms (18 years). She is the first female physician to serve as a Member in the history of the U.S Congress. In the 111th, 112th and 113th Congress, Delegate Christensen served on the Committee on Energy and Commerce. Among other subcommittee assignments, she served on its Subcommittee on Health during healthcare reform. She also served on Committee on Homeland Security and Committee on Natural Resources - Chair of the Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Wildlife, Oceans and Fisheries - and the Committee on Small Business. Congresswoman Christensen chaired the Congressional Black Caucus’ Health Braintrust for 16 years. She is a Graduate of the George Washington School of Medicine and completed her residency in family medicine at Howard University Medical Center - then Freedman's Hospital. Congresswoman Christensen began her medical career in the Virgin Islands in 1975 as an emergency room physician and became a board certified family physician in 1977.

After serving in several administrative positions and before going to Congress, she served as Commissioner of Health. She maintained a private practice in family medicine from 1975 until her election to Congress in 1996. Today she serves as a consultant to the National Health Information Technology Collaborative for the Underserved and to the Emerging Technology Consortium Pathways to Excellence which works with HBCU’s to increase their R&D, their funding and their potential to transform our communities; and the Boards or BAI, AKF and Consumers4QualityCare, as well as a local VI FQHC. She recently established the Christensen Institute for Community Health and Empowerment. She is the immediate past State Chair of the Democratic Party of the Virgin Islands and Regional Chair of the Eastern Region of the Black Caucus of the Democratic National Committee, and chaired the Bryan/ Roach transition team for the departments of Health and Human Services