VA selects new director of National Center for Patient Safety

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs appointed William Gunnar, MD, as the new executive director of the VA National Center for Patient Safety in Ann Arbor, Mich. 

"We are excited to bring Dr. Gunnar on board as the new executive director of the National Center for Patient Safety," said Dr. Gerard Cox, MD, VA deputy undersecretary of health for organizational excellence, who oversees the National Center for Patient Safety. "His sound leadership qualities and proven experience as an educator, surgeon and VA national director of surgery will be valuable assets for NCPS staff, the greater VA patient safety community, and most importantly, the veterans we are honored to serve."

Dr. Gunnar transitions from his role as the national director of surgery for the Veterans Health Administration, where he's served since November 2008. In this role, Dr. Gunnar provided leadership for the National Surgery Office and was responsible for the policy and clinical oversight of the 137 VHA surgical programs, 17 surgical advisory boards and the VA surgical quality improvement program.

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