Gerard R. Cox, MD, FACHE
Gerard Cox was appointed assistant under secretary for health for quality and patient safety, Veterans Health Administration, in June 2020. Since joining VA in 2014, Dr. Cox has held several senior executive positions, including assistant deputy under secretary for health for policy and services, interim medical inspector, assistant deputy under secretary for health for integrity, and deputy under secretary of health for the Office for Organizational Excellence. During his previous military career of more than 30 years as a U.S. Navy medical officer, he served in a series of hospital leadership roles with increasingly complex responsibilities, including service chief, service line leader, COO and CEO. He held executive positions on the staffs of the Navy surgeon general, the commandant of the Marine Corps, the commander of U.S. Navy forces in the Middle East and the naval inspector general. He also served as a White House physician for former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He is board certified in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow.