Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Health

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The Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Health is a position in the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The Undersecretary is the highest official directly responsible for the largest agency within the department, the Veterans Health Administration, commonly called the 'VA'. The position has been frequently held by a licensed physician.

Before 1992, the Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Health was known as the Chief Medical Director of Veterans Health.

Dr. Robert Petzel was sworn in on February 18, 2010,[1] and resigned, on 16 May 2014, amid criticism of long appointment waits, treatment delays, and falsification of records.[2]

On July 2, 2014, Carolyn M. Clancy was sworn in as Interim Under Secretary. Prior to assuming the duties of the Interim Under Secretary for Health, Dr. Clancy was the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health, for Quality, Safety and Value where she served as the Chief Quality Management Officer for VHA – planning, directing, coordinating, and evaluating VHA’s national quality, safety, and value-producing programs and approaches. She is a general internist and health services researcher, is a graduate of Boston College and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Following clinical training in internal medicine, Dr. Clancy was a Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in 1990, she was also an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia.[3]

On July 6, 2015, David Shulkin was sworn in as Under Secretary for Health, serving in that post until his appointment as Secretary of Veterans Affairs in January 2017. His most recent position before his initial appointment to the Department of Veterans Affairs was serving as President of Morristown Medical Center.[4]