VA's acting undersecretary for health steps down

Poonam Alaigh, MD, acting under secretary of health at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, left her role Oct. 7, according to a report.

Dr. Alaigh has served in the role since May. She told VA employees that she was "resigning for family reasons," according to the report.

Previously, Dr. Alaigh served as a senior advisor at the VA as well as a corporate consultant for Atlantic ACO and Atlantic Health System, based in Morristown, N.J., according to her LinkedIn profile. She completed an internal medicine residency and a fellowship in vascular diseases.

Carolyn Clancy, MD, the VA's deputy under secretary for health for organizational excellence, will succeed Dr. Alaigh on an interim basis. Dr. Clancy worked at the VA for over a decade.

The VA health system includes more than 160 medical centers and 1,000 clinics, according to the report.

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