Dr. Shereef Elnahal Confirmed by Senate as Department of Veterans Affairs Under Secretary for Health

July 26, 2022

In March of 2022, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate Dr. Shereef Elnahal for Under Secretary for Health, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Yesterday, on July 21, 2022, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Dr. Elnahal to his position at the VA, permanently filling the position for the first time since 2017.

Dr. Elnahal earned his Bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins University, an MBA in Operations Management from Harvard Business School, and an MD from Harvard Medical School. He had previously served as President and CEO of University Hospital, as well as New Jersey's
21st Health Commissioner, and as Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Quality, Safety and Value at the VA.

Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, who had been a supporter of Dr. Elnahal's nomination, was quoted on njbiz.com saying, "Dr. Shereef Elnahal has an impressive record of leading health care systems and agencies, and has shown a strong commitment to serving millions of veterans and hardworking employees at VA . . . Now more than ever, the department needs permanent, qualified leadership to guide the nation's largest integrated health care system in the right direction. I look forward to working with him in his new role to implement needed reforms to ensure veterans have access to the timely health care and services they've earned."

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