appointed to the role Dr. Janet Travell Powell


It seems to mean "appointed Dr. Janet Travell Powell to the role." But is there a nuance by putting "to the role" after the verb?

Thanks in advance
Most physicians to presidents have been military officers, but some presidents have chosen non-uniformed doctors.

John F. Kennedy, for instance, appointed to the role Dr. Janet Travell Powell, who had been a personal physician of his when he was a senator. And Ronald Reagan chose Dr. Daniel Ruge, a civilian doctor recommended by his father-in-law, as one of his physicians as president.

-Scientific American

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