The Pentagon announced Monday that Dr. James E. Anderson, a former Marine who spent nearly a decade on active duty in the Navy and Marine Corps before he underwent an operation to repair his damaged pelvis, has been nominated for a senior leadership position at the Defense Department.
Anderson will serve as a deputy assistant secretary of defense for health care.
“Dr. Anderson’s experience and talents as a surgeon will help shape and improve the health care system, and we look forward to welcoming him into our organization,” Pentagon spokesperson Maj. Gen. Joe D’Antonio said in a statement.
Anderson has previously worked as a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego.
“We are thrilled that Dr Anderson has chosen to serve the Defense Health Agency and the Department of Defense as an Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary,” he said.
“He has a long track record of achievement and leadership in the health-care field, which is why we are grateful for his service.”
The announcement comes as Anderson is set to testify before Congress this week on the health benefits of the Affordable Care Act.
He’s also being considered for a number of top-level leadership positions in the medical industry, including as a chief medical officer and surgeon general.