Lawrence B. Connell
Chief of Staff, Veterans Health Administration
Phone: (202) 761-7016
Fax: (202) 273-9069
Mr. Lawrence B. Connell was appointed as the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Chief of Staff on July 23, 2018. In this role, he serves as a senior advisor to the Under Secretary for Health and the Principal and Deputy Under Secretaries. He is the lead management official for coordinating organizational solutions and operational activities for the VHA, the United States’ largest integrated health care system.
Prior to this appointment, Mr. Connell was a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. He also served as the Acting Medical Center Director of the Washington, DC VA Medical Center.
Mr. Connell is a retired Colonel from the U.S. Army where he served as the Deputy Chief of Operations, Joint Cyber Center, United States Pacific Command. Throughout his military career, he has held multiple leadership positions. He served more than 30 years as an Army medical service officer, including 15 years as a Medevac Pilot. Additionally, Mr. Connell served as the Chief Operating Officer, Pacific Regional Medical Command, Honolulu, Hawaii; the Chief Executive Officer of Stuttgart U.S. Army Medical Health Clinic; the Commander of the 43rd Area Support Medical Battalion; and other medical-related staff positions.
Mr. Connell, a distinguished military graduate, holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Rhode Island and a Master’s degree in International Relations from Troy State University. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a graduate of the Disney Institute for Health Care Excellence. Mr. Connell is the recipient of the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster award and two Air Medals.
VHA is pleased to welcome Mr. Larry Connell to this important position.