The U.S. Senate confirmed President Barack Obama's appointment of Dr. Jonathan Woodson as assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, and the White House reported the president's choices for additional administrative posts.
Healthcare vets confirmed to federal posts
Obama had nominated Woodson, a vascular surgeon, earlier in 2010, and the Senate confirmed this appointment on Dec. 22, according to the Congressional Record. Woodson previously served as an associate professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree at New York University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, according to his biography from the cardiovascular center at Boston Medical Center.
The same week, Obama nominated Nils Daulaire to represent the U.S. on the executive board of the World Health Organization. Daulaire is the director of the Office of Global Health Affairs at HHS. Before his appointment, he served for more than a decade as president and CEO of the Global Health Council, where he coordinated with international leaders, governments and United Nations organizations to improve public health in poor communities. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the Council on Foreign Relations. Daulaire earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.; a medical degree from Harvard Medical School; and a master's degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health in Baltimore.
Obama also nominated John Lancaster to serve on the board of directors of the United States Institute of Peace. Recently, Lancaster retired as the executive director of the National Council on Independent Living, a grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. Currently, Lancaster serves as the treasurer of the board of trustees for Handicap International Federation. He also is a board member and past president of the U.S. International Council on Disabilities.
Lancaster earned his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. He earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star in 1968, when he commanded an infantry platoon in combat during the Vietnam War as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.
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