Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell (R) rounded out his Cabinet late Friday afternoon, selecting Dr. Bill Hazel to be the state’s next Secretary of Health and Human Resources.
Hazel served as a team doctor for the Washington Redskins football team from 1988-1985, a period that includes the Skins’ last Super Bowl win.
The full news release is after the jump.
McDonnell Appoints Dr. Bill Hazel as Secretary of Health and Human Resources
RICHMOND- Virginia Governor-elect Bob McDonnell made the final appointment to his Cabinet today, announcing Dr. Bill Hazel as Secretary of Health and Human Resources. Dr. Hazel is involved with numerous healthcare related associations and societies. He is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon and is a founding partner of Commonwealth Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation.
Speaking about his appointment of Dr. Hazel, Governor-elect McDonnell commented, “Dr. Bill Hazel is not only a successful physician, but also a successful businessman. As a young doctor he saw a need for medical services in his community and helped grow a solo private practice into an organization that today has 41 physicians, 11 locations, two surgery centers and seven physical therapy clinics. With skyrocketing health care costs and a growing number of people in need in today’s tough economy, this is the type of leader and innovator we need in Richmond; someone who not only understands the medical side of the job, but also how to best provide much needed services to the people of Virginia.”
McDonnell went on to say, “Dr. Hazel is a leader in the medical community. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association. And he formerly served as President for both the Medical Society of Virginia and the Fairfax County Medical Society. But my favorite fact about Dr. Hazel is he used to be a team physician for a football team very close to my family’s hearts, the Washington Redskins.”
McDonnell concluded, “Dr. Hazel has a servant’s heart. In 2001, through the inspiration of his daughter’s senior project, he organized a mission trip to poverty stricken San Juan de Dios, Bolivia where he and his team spent a week performing joint-replacement surgeries. In 2002 his team repeated the trip. All told, they performed over 25 joint replacement surgeries for the area’s public hospital. I am honored that someone who is so well respected in the medical community would answer the call to public service to work in our Administration.”
Below is a full biography for today’s appointment.
Further announcements regarding additional appointments in the McDonnell Administration will continue to be made in the weeks ahead.
Dr. William (Bill) A. Hazel, Jr.
William A. Hazel Jr., MD, an orthopaedic surgeon in a private group practice from northern Virginia, was elected to the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees (BOT) in June 2004.
Dr. Hazel’s election to the AMA-BOT marked the culmination of 11 years of service as a delegate from Virginia. He served the Virginia delegation as chair (1999–2003), vice chairman (1996–1998) and as an alternate delegate (1993–1996). By 2001, Dr. Hazel had also served a total of 11 years on the AMA Council on Legislation—first as resident member (1986–1989), and then as chair and vice chair during the last three years of his tenure.
Dr. Hazel’s service extends to state and local levels. He led his home state as speaker and president of the Medical Society of Virginia. He served as president of the Fairfax County Medical Society (1997), president-elect (1996) and treasurer (1995). A past president of the Inova Fair Oaks Hospital medical staff, Dr. Hazel also served as chairman of the Inova Health System Medical Affairs Council, which is essentially the elected chief of staff of the five Inova hospitals and the Inova Health System. In addition, he is a founding member and president of Commonwealth Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, the group with which he practices full time.
Dr. Hazel received his BS in civil engineering at Princeton University in 1978. He earned his medical degree at Duke University School of Medicine in 1983 and completed his orthopaedic residency at the Mayo Clinic in 1988.
In 2001, as part of his daughter’s high school senior project, Dr. Hazel initiated a mission trip to Bolivia. During this trip, the medical team spent one week performing joint-replacement surgeries for patients with severe joint problems. On a subsequent trip in 2002, volunteers worked 11 days performing operations. In all, Dr. Hazel conducted 25 joint-replacement procedures during the two mission trips at San Juan de Dios, a remote public hospital serving the area’s poorest population.
Dr. Hazel participates in many professional organizations, including the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, American Medical Society, Duke University Davison Club, Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, Fairfax County Medical Society, Mayo Clinic Alumni Association, Medical Society of Virginia, Virginia Medical PAC and the Virginia Orthopaedic Surgery Society.
A dedicated member of the medical community, Dr. Hazel volunteers as the physician for Chantilly High School in Chantilly, Va. He worked as assistant orthopaedic surgeon for the Washington Redskins (1988–1995) and as the D.C. United soccer team physician (1995–2005).
Dr. Hazel lives with his wife, Cindy, in Oakton, Va. They have two grown children.