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VA Establishes Commission to Search for Veterans Health Administration Leader

The Depart of Veterans Affairs has formed a commission to search for potential candidates to fill the leadership position for the Veterans Health Administration.

Members of the search commission will work to identify individuals with the required knowledge, vision and dedication to serve as the undersecretary for health, the VA said Thursday.

The department will evaluate potential candidates based on their expertise in medicine, health care administration and policy formulation.

The individual appointed for the position would oversee VHA's $74B annual budget covering health care programs catering to over 9 million veterans at 1,200 facilities.

The search commission consists of: \n

  • Anthony Principi, commission chairman
  • Don Wright, deputy assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services
  • Garry Augustine, executive director at nonprofit Disabled American Veterans
  • James Adams, senior vice president and chief medical officer at Northwestern University
  • Jim Byrne, VA acting deputy secretary
  • Jon Perlin, chairman at the Special Medical Advisory Group
  • Jonathan Simons, president and CEO at the Prostate Cancer Foundation
  • Sarah Verardo, executive director at the Independence Fund
  • Thomas McCaffery, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense health affairs at the Defense Department

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