Governor Jerry Brown. Photo by Neon Tommy/CC-BY-SA-2.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Governor Jerry Brown. Photo by Neon Tommy/CC-BY-SA-2.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Vito Imbasciani, a 69-year-old Los Angeles urologic surgeon and Kaiser Permanente executive, has been appointed secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs.

Gov. Jerry Brown announced the appointment on Friday.

Imbasciani is president-elect of the Los Angeles County Medical Association, and a member of the California Medical Association Board of Trustees and the California Association of Physician Groups Board of Directors.

He has served as director of government relations at the Southern California Kaiser Permanente Medical Group since 2004.

Imbasciani also served as state surgeon for the California Army National Guard from 2006 to 2014, and as a surgeon in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1986 to 2014.

He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Vermont.

His appointment to the position, which pays $188,451 annually, requires confirmation by the state Senate.

—City News Service

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