(Cleveland)-Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove says he is humbled and honored to be considered for the post of Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

However, he's decided to keep his current job.

In a statement, Cosgrove expressed gratitude at being offered the opportunity to help veterans across the U.S., and that the offer was worthy of serious consideration.

But he says he has a commitment to the Clinic, and there's a lot of work that still needs to be done there.

The Veterans Administration has come under fire for delays that have led to the deaths of patients. 

Cosgrove, 73, a heart surgeon, is himself a Vietnam Veteran.

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