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Eric Shinseki

Former Navy surgeon general takes reins at VA Maryland health system

Dr. Adam M. Robinson Jr. remembers seeing an image of John F. Kennedy's ambulance rolling toward Bethesda Naval Hospital, where doctors performed the autopsy hours after the president was assassinated.

It was a startling scene for Robinson, then an eighth-grade student growing up in Louisville, Ky. For the son of a physician, it was also something of an introduction to the Navy's medical system.

"It was a searing moment," said Robinson, 64. "I remember that I thought it was this great hospital, with great care."

Robinson was appointed director of the VA Maryland Health Care System this month after a nearly 40-year career with the Navy that included...