Next VA Health Chief to be Selected by Panel of Experts

A panel of experts has formed to find a new head of health care for the Department of Veterans Affairs, a post that opened up last month when Dr. Robert Petzel resigned over the ongoing patient wait-times scandal and his named successor withdrew his nomination.

Among those on the nine-member panel is Dr. Delos Cosgrove, president and chief executive officer of The Cleveland Clinic, who turned down the nomination after Dr. Jeffrey A. Murawsky – originally tapped to succeed Petzel – pulled out to avoid an expected Senate confirmation fight.

Two members of the panel represent the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans,veterans’ advocacy groups that routinely support the VA. Absent from the panel is The American Legion, another major veterans service organization and the only major one that called for the resignations of Petzel and former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

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