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 News Release - December 17, 2008

Maureen 'Mo' Zilly Joins the Varian Medical Systems Government Affairs Team as Director, Federal Affairs

PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 17 (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR ), a leading manufacturer of radiotherapy and radiosurgical devices and software for cancer treatment and X-ray imaging, announces the appointment of Maureen "Mo" Zilly to the newly-created position of director, federal affairs, at the company's recently established government affairs office in Washington, DC.

Zilly, who has worked on Capitol Hill for nearly six years, was the legislative director for Congressman John Shinkus (R-IL). During her tenure with the Congressman, she worked closely with the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and special responsibility for healthcare issues.

More recently, she served as the director of government relations for the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA), a division of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, where she focused on Medicare and FDA issues.

"Mo is extremely knowledgeable about the healthcare issues facing Varian in the upcoming Congress," said Andy Whitman, Varian's vice president, government affairs. "She will be a great asset as we seek to contribute to public policy discussions involving the future of healthcare, and particularly the fight against cancer, which is a major focus of our company."

Zilly holds a BS degree in International, Resource, and Consumer Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "I am excited to be a part of the Varian team, working to help develop the company's positions on important healthcare policy issues like comparative effectiveness and healthcare reform," Zilly says. She assumed her new position on November 24.

About Varian Medical Systems

Varian Medical Systems, Inc., of Palo Alto, California, is the world's leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy, and brachytherapy. The company supplies informatics software for managing comprehensive cancer clinics, radiotherapy centers and medical oncology practices. Varian is a premier supplier of tubes and digital detectors for X-ray imaging in medical, scientific, and industrial applications and also supplies X-ray imaging products for cargo screening and industrial inspection. Varian Medical Systems employs approximately 4,800 people who are located at manufacturing sites in North America and Europe and in its 60 sales and support offices around the world. For more information, visit http://www.varian.com/.


Source: Varian Medical Systems

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