Vincent Ng, who has been serving as acting director of the VA Boston Healthcare System, has been chosen to assume that role permanently, replacing long-time leader Michael Lawson, who retired after more than four decades with the agency. Lawson led the Boston system since 1999.

Ng has spent 17 years as director of Veterans Affairs health centers in Rhode Island and Connecticut, after holding other administrative positions with the department. He studied environmental health at the University of Washington in Seattle and has a master’s of business administration focused on health care from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

Ng’s “sound leadership qualities and proven experience will be valuable assets for the facility, the employees and volunteers, and for New England’s veterans we are honored to serve,” regional Director Dr. Michael Mayo-Smith said in a press release.

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The Boston system serves about 67,000 veterans from around New England, with campuses in West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, and Brockton, plus five community clinics. Ng is expected to assume his new role within the next two months.