Dr. Jonathan Perlin, president of clinical services and chief medical officer at Nashville-based HCA, the largest private-sector health system in the U.S., has been named as a senior adviser to acting Veterans Affairs Department Secretary Sloan Gibson.
Perlin, 53, will begin his 60-day assignment with the VA on July 15, marking a brief return to the department. Perlin was the VA's
undersecretary for health, the top position within the Veterans Health Administration, under President George W. Bush. He also held several other executive roles in the VHA, including chief quality and performance officer, and worked at Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Va.
“We're pleased to welcome this exceptional leader back to the VA,” Gibson said in a statement. “I look forward to the contributions of Dr. Perlin, who is recognized for his national healthcare leadership roles.” The VA did not outline Perlin's specific duties.
Chip Kahn, president and CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals, said Perlin is the right fit to provide guidance for the troubled agency. “No physician leader in the country is more qualified to advise the VA as it begins to turn around its ship of care,” Kahn said.
Gibson took over as the VA's acting secretary in May after Eric Shinseki resigned. The VA has been embroiled in controversy related to reports of system-wide mismanagement, including long waits for veterans to receive care.
Perlin, ranked No. 9 on Modern Healthcare's 2014 list of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders
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