Petzel was appointed acting principal deputy under secretary for health of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) in May.
He was appointed the network director of the Veterans Affairs Midwest Health Care Network in Minneapolis in 2003. In that position, Petzel was responsible for eight medical centers and 42 community based outpatient clinics in Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, western Wisconsin, western Illinois and Nebraska.
He is a graduate of St. Olaf College and the Northwestern University Medical School.
“Dr. Petzel’s in-depth understanding of the Department of Veterans Affairs will be extremely valuable in this role,” Klobuchar said in a statement. “His impressive work leading Midwest medical centers and dedicated service to Minnesota’s veterans make him a stand-out choice for Undersecretary for Health at the Department of Veterans Affairs.”