The chief of the Veterans Affairs Department healthcare system, Robert Roswell, M.D., resigned Monday, saying he felt the system needed a "new perspective in leadership," the VA said in a news release.
Roswell, who has headed the VA health system since 2002, will continue as a consultant to the agency while it seeks a permanent replacement. Deputy Undersecretary Jonathan Perlin, M.D., will replace Roswell on an acting basis. A VA spokesman declined to comment further.
The agency is in the midst of a controversy involving the multimillion-dollar development of a computer system for use throughout VA hospitals. Testifying before a Senate panel in March, VA officials said they had grossly underestimated the training employees would need on the new system, resulting in an array of problems at the test site and delays in installing the system elsewhere.