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VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald Reflects Care for Veterans in Pitt School of Medicine Talk

WHAT: Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald will deliver a talk titled “Caring for Veterans: A Higher Calling,” as part of a special lecture series hosted by Arthur S. Levine, M.D., Pitt’s senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and John and Gertrude Petersen Dean of the School of Medicine.
WHY: Sec. McDonald’s talk will highlight the intangible rewards of a career devoted to caring for the VA’s exceptional patient population, and review the broad variety of career opportunities for health professionals and scientists throughout the VA Healthcare system as the agency seeks to expand veterans’ access to excellent clinical care.
From August 2014 to August 2015, the Veterans Health Administration increased staff by more than 14,000, including the addition of more than 1,400 physicians, 3,800 nurses, 116 psychiatrists and 422 psychologists. As the second largest agency in the federal government, Veterans Affairs (VA) is the nation’s largest fully integrated health care system, with 9 million patients. The VA is affiliated with more than 1,800 schools for the health professions and trains more health professionals every year than any other health care system in the nation. 
• Sec. McDonald was nominated by President Obama to serve as the eighth Secretary of Veterans Affairs and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 29, 2014. Prior to his appointment, Secretary McDonald was chair, president and CEO of the Procter & Gamble Company. An Army veteran, he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1975 and served with the 82nd Airborne Division. He received an MBA from the University of Utah in 1978.

• Chancellor Patrick Gallagher

• Senior Vice Chancellor Dr. Arthur S. Levine

• Other Pitt  faculty, students and staff
WHEN: Noon, Tuesday, Nov. 17
WHERE: Lecture Room 6, Scaife Hall, 3550 Terrace St., Oakland, 15261
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Note to media: Journalists who wish to attend should contact Anita Srikameswaran at 412-578-9193, 412-720-2058 or for more information. 

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