John M. Gaal, FACHE, formerly of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, has been appointed to the newly-created position of vice president of clinical operations at Salus University. In his new position, Mr. Gaal will be responsible for the clinical operations of The Eye Institute, the William Feinbloom Vision Rehabilitation Center, the Pennsylvania Ear Institute and other clinical services developed and operated by the University.

“John Gaal’s exceptional skill in managing large hospital operations will be a great asset to   Salus as we continue to grow and thrive,” explained Salus president, Dr. Michael H. Mittelman. “His 11 years of experience as a Chief Operating Officer (Deputy Commander) in military hospitals, combined with his leadership ability, will make him a valuable part of the Salus team.”

Mr. Gaal has more than 20 years of experience as a healthcare administrator and 28 years of military service. Prior to his recent retirement as a Colonel, US Army Medical Service Corps, he served as the chief operating officer at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he was responsible for oversight of administrative operations for the Joint Commission accredited academic medical center.

Mr. Gaal earned a Bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Wake Forest University and a Master of healthcare administration degree from the Army-Baylor Program at Baylor University.