Maryland VA hires new medical director, replaces head of nursing

The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) on Tuesday announced the appointment of the nation’s first medical director to replace Marylou Gentry.

Gentry, who is currently the director of the Maryland Department for Veterans Affairs’ Health Services and Technology, is one of several VA officials who will be joining the leadership team of the VA’s new Veterans Affairs Health Administration (VAHSA).

She will take over from the agency’s newly appointed Director of Veterans Health Services, Dr. John McLean, who was named the VAHSA’s chief medical officer last month.

Gagne, who has served as director of VAHSS since 2015, will replace the recently named VA Secretary Robert G. DeWitt III, who announced last month that he would retire after serving the last seven years.

DeWitt had served as VAHMS chief medical administrator since 2014.

Gentes appointment to MDVA is a significant change from the recent VA leadership shake-up at the agency, which was led by Gentry, as well as the departure of VA Secretary Dr. Harold Ickes and VA Secretary and VA Health Secretary Marilyn Tavenner, both of whom have been leading VA’s overhaul efforts.

VAHHS chief executive Dr. Kenneth F. Frazier announced in April that he was stepping down, saying his departure would allow VA to move more quickly on a comprehensive reorganization of the agency.

DeVos VA hires medical director who will replace VAHss secretaryAs part of her appointment, Gagne will assume her duties from DeWits successor, Dr