Since May 2009, Petzel had been serving as the VA's acting principal deputy undersecretary for health. In other capacities, Petzel directed one of the agency's 21 geographic healthcare networks covering eight medical centers and 42 community-based outpatient clinics serving veterans in seven states. In addition, he served on a number of advisory committees that guided development of new healthcare programs for veterans, according to an agency news release.
Board certified in internal medicine, Petzel also served as chief of staff for the Minneapolis VA Medical Center.
“Dr. Petzel brings to this position a strong leadership background in caring for veterans as a longtime health system manager in VA,” said Eric Shinseki, secretary of the VA, in a written statement. “His commitment to outstanding medical quality and access for veterans will be critical to leading VA in its 21st century transformation.”
He graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in 1969 and has served on the faculty of the University of Minnesota Medical School.
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