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Washington DC VA Medical Center

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Leadership Team

Portrait of Brian A. Hawkins, MHA

Brian A. Hawkins, MHA | 202-745-8350

Medical Center Director

Mr. Brian A. Hawkins was appointed Medical Center Director, Washington DC VA Medical Center September 25, 2011. With more than 2,200 employees, over 90,000 Veterans enrolled for care and a budget of more than $450 million dollars, Mr. Hawkins leads one of the largest and highly visible medical centers in the nation. In addition to the main hospital, Mr. Hawkins is responsible for the Community Resource and Referral Center for Homeless and At-risk Veterans (CRRC) and five community based outpatient clinics in Washington, DC; Fort Belvoir, Virginia; and Greenbelt, Camp Springs and Charlotte Hall, Maryland.

Mr. Hawkins began his career at Chicago's Hines VA Medical Center as a Clerk/Typist. His career demonstrates continuous advancement through leadership positions which include; Medical Center Director at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Muskogee, Oklahoma, Associate Director and Chief Operating Officer of the VA Maryland Healthcare System and Associate Director and Site Manager for the Perry Point VA Medical Center. He has also held positions of authority at the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Atlanta VA Medical Center and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Mr. Hawkins holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Health Administration from Governors State University. His unique leadership style was recognized by Veterans Health Administration (VHA) naming him 2012 "Communications Visionary of the Year". He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Senior Executives Association, and the American Pilot and Aircraft Owners Association and has been an Adjunct Professor at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK. A Veteran himself, Mr. Hawkins served eight years in the Illinois Army National Guard.

Portrait of Odeal M Scott-Bedford

Odeal M Scott-Bedford | (202) 745-8000

Acting Associate Medical Center Director

Appointment Date: June 16, 2016

Odeal Scott-Bedford is currently serving as the Acting Associate Medical Center Director. Since 2012, she has been the Chief, Strategic Planner at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, DC. In this role, she leads the formulation of corporate strategy and policy related to the VA's strategic objectives and program. Ms. Scott-Bedford’s passion for success focuses on weaving industry techniques and harnessing the innovation of staff within the Medical Center in order to transform its look and feel.

Ms. Scott-Bedford is working to build the next generation of Medical Center leaders. Her partnership with Howard University and Morgan State University demonstrate the importance of community partnership and efforts that embrace the facilitation of career-bound college student’s transition into the work environment.

She joined the Medical Center in August 2008 and served as the Chief of Facilities Management Service (FMS). Prior to being the Chief of FMS, she served as the Chief Engineer for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University.

Portrait of Jereme P. Whiteman

Jereme P. Whiteman | 202-745-8000

Assistant Medical Center Director

Jereme Whiteman was named Assistant Medical Center Director In October 2016. In this role, he is responsible for providing leadership and supervision to the Business Office, Patient Centered Care, Office of Patient Experience and Advocacy, Nutrition and Food Service, Voluntary Service and Recreation Therapy, Chaplain Service, Prosthetics and Sensory Aids, Canteen Services, and the General Practice Manager.

Prior to arriving in Washington, D.C., Mr. Whiteman served as the Assistant Chief of Health Administration Service (HAS) at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque, NM. Mr. Whiteman began his VA career as a pharmacy biller in Las Vegas, NV at the West CPAC where he was promoted to Pharmacy billing supervisor, overseeing pharmacy billing for 22 VA Medical Centers.

Prior to joining the Department of Veterans Affairs, Mr. Whiteman served the U.S. Marine Corps. He is a combat Veteran who served in both Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Mr. Whiteman attended Marine Corps leadership schools and taught courses in military leadership to newly promoted noncommissioned officers. In 2005 he was recognized as a finalist for the Marine Corps Institute graduate of the year. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Disabled American Veterans (DAV).

Mr. Whiteman holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from California State University Sacramento and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Portrait of Ross D. Fletcher, MD

Ross D. Fletcher, MD | 202-745-8225

Chief of Staff Emeritus

Dr. Fletcher was appointed Chief of Staff, Washington DC VA Medical Center on January 1, 2000. He retired Oct. 31, 2015.

Dr. Fletcher completed his M.D. Degree (AOA), medical house staff training, and first year fellowship at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He served two years with the U.S. Army in Washington, D.C., and received his Cardiology Fellowship training at Georgetown University.

He has served on the faculty at Georgetown University Medical School since 1969. In 1972, he became the Chief of Cardiology at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

He is the Director of the nationwide Veterans Affairs registry for the Pacemaker and Defibrillator Surveillance Center and the Core Holter Lab for cooperative studies in antiarrhythmic therapy in congestive heart failure and sudden death.

Dr. Fletcher is Chairman of the Veterans Affairs Cardiology/Medicine Special Interest User Group. He served on the VA's Information Requirement Advisory Board (IRAC) and the Clinical Application Requirement (CARG) advisory panels for computer development. He has helped develop the PC version of the VA Cardiology Package with embedded images.

He is a nationally recognized cardiologist and member of the editorial board of several scientific journals and continues to serve as Professor of Medicine with Georgetown University.

Portrait of Charles Faselis

Charles Faselis |

Chief of Staff

Dr. Charles Faselis was named Chief of Staff in April, 2016. He is the author of over 40 manuscripts and two books in Internal Medicine. He has received several teaching awards including: Attending-of-the-Year, the Osler award for teaching and the Golden Apple. He is the president of the local chapter of the American Society of Hypertension and is a member of the American College of physicians and the American Society of Hypertension. Since 2000, he has been a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society.

Dr. Faselis is a clinician educator who enjoys teaching residents and students in the inpatient and outpatient setting. His research interests include hypertension, diabetes, patient safety and medical education.
He received his medical degree from the University Of Athens School of Medicine and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Cook County Hospital and Medicine Fellowship at the University of North Carolina.

Prior to being appointed the Chief of Medical Services, Dr. Faselis served as the Associate Chief of Medicine, the Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency program and also as the Associate Chief of Staff for Education and Academic Affairs. He currently is on the faculty of the George Washington University School of Medicine.

Portrait of Patricia A Crawford

Patricia A Crawford | 202-745-8000

Acting Chief Nurse Executive

Dr. Patricia Crawford is currently serving as the Acting Chief Nurse Executive. She provides leadership for all programs within Nursing Service to include Acute Care, Geriatrics and Long Term Care, Ambulatory Care, and Behavioral Health. She provides oversight to approximately 800 nursing personnel and serves as consultant to other members of the medical center staff. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Human Relations, and Doctor of Health Administration.

Dr. Crawford joined the DCVAMC in October 2007 as the Suicide Prevention Coordinator. In August 2014 she assumed the position as Associate Chief Nurse of Mental Health. She has also served as Acting Deputy Chief Nurse of Outpatient Operations. Dr. Crawford brings with her more than 20 years of nursing leadership and has been a nurse for more than 30 years. In 2012 she was selected as the Department of Veteran Affairs Nurse of the Year. She currently serves as Adjunct Clinical Faculty for George Washington University School of Nursing.

She is a veteran and prior to joining the Department of Veteran Affairs, Dr. Crawford served on active duty in the United States Air Force for almost 21 years. She served in multiple leadership positions to include Nurse Manager, Director of Mental Health Extension Service, Deputy Commander of Mental Health, Operations Officer of Surgical Services, and Chief of Health and Medically Related Services. She retired as a Lt. Colonel in 2007 and was honored with numerous commendations and meritorious service awards for outstanding leadership in the nursing profession.