OBAMA TO NAME DR. ROBERT PETZEL TO HEAD VETERANS' HEALTH ADMIN



TheSecretaryofVeteransAffairsannouncesthefollowing:


ThePresidentoftheUnitedStateshasannouncedhisintenttonominateRobertPetzel,M.D.tobetheUnderSecretaryforHealth,VeteransHealthAdministration,DepartmentofVeteransAffairs

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RobertA.Petzel

ActingPrincipalDeputyUnderSecretaryforHealth

http://www1.va.gov/opa/bios/bio_petzel.asp


RobertA.Petzel,M.D.wasappointedActingPrincipalDeputyUnderSecretaryforHealthoftheVeteransHealthAdministration(VHA)inMay2009.

HeisNetworkDirectoroftheDepartmentofVeteransAffairsMidwestHealthCareNetwork(VISN23)basedinMinneapolis,Minn.Inthisposition,Dr.Petzelhasresponsibilityforexecutiveleadership,strategicplanningandbudgetforeightmedicalcentersand42communitybasedoutpatientclinicsthatserveveteransinIowa,Minnesota,Nebraska,NorthDakota,SouthDakota,WesternIllinoisandWesternWisconsin.

Dr.PetzelwasappointedDirectorofNetwork23(themergerofNetworks13&14)inOctober,2002.FromOctober1995toSeptember2002,heservedastheDirectorofNetwork13.Priortothat,heservedasChiefofStaffattheMinneapolisVAMedicalCenter.

Dr.Petzelco-chairstheNationalVHAStrategicPlanningCommitteeandtheVHASystemRedesignSteeringCommittee.

Dr.Petzelisparticularlyinterestedindata-basedperformancemanagement,organizationbycarelines,andempoweringemployeestocontinuouslyimprovethewayweserveourveterans.HeisinvolvedinacollaborativepartnershipwiththeBritishNationalHealthServicesStrategicHealthAuthority.

Dr.PetzelgraduatedfromSt.OlafCollege,Northfield,Minn.,in1965andfromNorthwesternUniversityMedicalSchoolin1969.HeisBoardCertifiedinInternalMedicineandonthefacultyoftheUniversityofMinnesotaMedicalSchool.


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