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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 Timothy S Lesane

Timothy S Lesane | (202) 745-8000

Acting Associate Director

Timothy Lesane was named Acting Associate Director, July 18, 2016.

Prior to arriving in Washington DC to become the Chief of EMS, Mr. Timothy Lesane served as the Chief of Environmental Management Service at the Carl T. Hayden Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Mr. Lesane is highly experienced in Environmental Programs which includes Housekeeping/Sanitation, Textile Care, Waste and Recycling, Pest Management and Interior Design. He began his VA career in 2007 in Baltimore, MD, as the Assistant Chief of EMS at the Perry Point facilities. He transferred to the Phoenix VA Medical Center in 2011 as the Assistant Chief of EMS, and was subsequently promoted to Chief of EMS in 2012. Mr. Lesane serves as a member of the Director of Environmental Programs Advisory Board.

Prior to joining the Department of Veterans Affairs, Mr. Lesane served on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps for 30 years, where he served in a variety of leadership positions around the world including, North America, Africa, Asia, Antarctica, Europe, Australia and Oceania. Mr. Lesane’s last combat duty tour was OEF before transferring to the Recruiting Force in Los Angeles Ca., and Headquarters at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego Ca. where he retired in 2007.

Portrait of Jereme P. Whiteman

Jereme P. Whiteman | 202-745-8000

Acting Assistant Medical Center Director

Jereme Whiteman was named Acting Assistant Medical Center Director May 2016. In this role, he is responsible for providing leadership and supervision to the Patient Centered Care Office, Patient Advocates, Nutrition and Food Service, Voluntary Service, Chaplain Service, Prosthetics and Sensory Aids, and Canteen Services.

He was appointed as Chief of the Business Office November 16, 2014.
Prior to arriving in Washington, DC, Mr. Whiteman served as the Assistant Chief of Health Administration Service (HAS) at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque, NM. In this capacity, he directly supported business operations. 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.

Mr. Whiteman began his VA career as a pharmacy biller in Las Vegas, NV, where he was promoted to Pharmacy billing supervisor, overseeing pharmacy billing for 22 VA Medical Centers in VISNs 18, 20, 21 and 22. He then transferred to the North Central CPAC where he served as the Facility Revenue Manager for the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical center in Milwaukee, WI, helping the facility exceed its collection goals by over a million dollars.

Prior to joining the Department of Veteran Affairs, Mr. Whiteman served on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps where he was meritoriously promoted twice and honored with numerous commendations and awards for outstanding leadership, general management and field operations. 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.

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 Kathleen J. Barry RN, MHA, NEA-BC

Kathleen J. Barry RN, MHA, NEA-BC | 202-745-8000 x58220

Chief Nurse Executive

Kathy Barry has been serving as Chief Nurse Executive since August 29, 2011. Her responsibilities include providing leadership for all programs within Nursing Service including Acute Care, Geriatrics and Long Term Care and the Behavioral Health programs. She serves as consultant to more than 600 nurses and other members of the medical center staff.

Ms. Barry joined DCVAMC in November 2010 as the Deputy Chief Nurse for Inpatient Operations, and brings with her 20 years of nursing leadership experience. Kathy possesses a BSN from the University of New Hampshire and a MHA degree from Simmons College. She is board certified through ANCC as a Nurse Executive Advanced, and is a Wharton Nurse Executive Fellow. Prior to relocating to northern Virginia in 2001, Ms. Barry held a variety of clinical and leadership positions in tertiary and community teaching hospitals in the Boston, MA area. Her past clinical experience includes being a staff nurse on a large medical and oncology unit, staff nurse on a maternal child health unit, and staff nurse in a medical intensive care unit at New England Medical Center, a tertiary teaching hospital in Boston. Kathy's nursing leadership career includes being the nurse manager of the medical intensive care unit at New England Medical Center, joining Faulkner Hospital in Boston, a community teaching hospital as the Assistant Vice President for Nursing and continuing her leadership career when she joined Inova Alexandria Hospital as Chief Nurse Executive and then served as their Chief Operating Officer. Kathy received Nursing Spectrum Magazine's Nurse Executive of the Year, 2003 for the Washington, D.C./Baltimore region and was awarded second place in Advance Magazine's Nurse Leader of the Year, in 2004