Leadership Team - Washington DC VA Medical Center
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Washington DC VA Medical Center

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Leadership Team

Michael S. Heimall, Medical Center Director

Michael S. Heimall

Medical Center Director

Mr. Michael S. Heimall is a Veteran of the United States Army, serving more than 30 years in the Medical Service Corps before retiring at the rank of Colonel in June 2017. He was appointed Medical Center Director at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center October 14, 2018. With more than 2,400 employees, over 100,000 Veterans enrolled for care and a budget of more than 600 million dollars, Mr. Heimall leads one of the largest VA medical centers in the nation. He is also responsible for the Community Resource and Referral Center as well as five community-based outpatient clinics located in Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland. During his military career, Mr. Heimall served in a variety of staff and command positions, including as Director, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. He previously served as the Commander, William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, TX and Irwin Army Community Hospital at Fort Riley, KS. He also served as the Healthcare Administration Consultant to the Army Surgeon General from 2015 to 2017. Upon retirement, Mr. Heimall joined OptumServe in McLean, VA, as Vice President for Military & Veterans Health. Mr. Heimall grew up in Sussex, NJ and earned his bachelor’s degree and commission from Norwich University, Northfield, VT in 1987. He earned a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Baylor University in 1996 and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in 2009. His significant awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Joint Commendation Medal. He is also a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit and recipient of the Army Surgeon General’s “A” designator for excellence in the field of Healthcare Administration. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Timothy H. Graham, J.D., LL.M., Deputy Medical Center Director

Timothy H. Graham, J.D., LL.M.

Deputy Medical Center Director

Mr. Timothy Graham was appointed Deputy Medical Center Director at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center May 24, 2021. Mr. Graham began his VA career in 2003 serving as the Director of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Freedom of Information Act Office and later moving on to serve as the Associate Director at the VA Northern California Health Care System in Martinez, California from 2016 until 2021. Mr. Graham will oversee operations of one of the largest VA medical centers in the nation which includes 164 acute care beds, 30 psychosocial residential rehabilitation treatment beds and a 20-suite Fisher House. Also, under Mr. Graham’s oversight is the VA Community Resource and Referral Center as well as five community-based outpatient clinics located in the District of Columbia; Virginia; and areas of Maryland, including Prince George’s, Montgomery, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties. Mr. Graham earned a Juris Doctor degree in 2003 from the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in health law from Widener University, Wilmington, Delaware, in 2006. He is a graduate of the 2012 Health Care Leadership Development Program and a member of the 2010 Leadership VA class. Mr. Graham is currently a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Stanley L. Staton, Associate Director

Stanley L. Staton

Associate Director

Stanley Staton was named Associate Director for the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center in January 2020. He has served as the medical center’s Assistant Director since September 2018. Mr. Staton brings years of experience to the medical center. He joined the Washington DC team in November 2017 as the Acting Assistant Director. Prior to coming to D.C., he served the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston, Texas, where he was the Chief of Police, acting Associate Director, acting Chief, Environmental Management Services and Facility Planner. Mr. Staton is a retired U.S. Army Veteran with 26 years of distinguished service. He is a Florida native, earning his BA in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University in Florida and his MBA from the University of Phoenix. Beyond his academic accomplishments, Mr. Staton is a graduate of the Leadership Veterans Affairs (LVA), a Mentor (fellow level) and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

Charles Faselis, MD, Chief of Staff

Charles Faselis, MD

Chief of Staff

Dr. Charles Faselis has been serving as the Chief of Staff of the Medical Center since April, 2016. He is the author of over 100 peer reviewed publications and two books in Internal Medicine. He has received several teaching awards including: Attending-of-the-Year, the Osler award and the Golden Apple award for teaching. He is the former president of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the American Society of Hypertension and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Hypertension. He has been selected as 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 a Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Uniformed Services University.

Sue-Ann Forde, Assistant Director

Sue-Ann Forde

Assistant Director

Sue-Ann Forde was appointed Assistant Director June 7, 2020. In this capacity, she is charged with overall administration of Information Systems Security, Nutrition and Food Service, Office of Information Technology, Office of Patient Experience and Advocacy, Police Service, Privacy and FOIA, Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Service, Veterans Canteen Service and Voluntary Service. Prior to assuming this position, Ms. Forde was the Chief of Nutrition and Food Service for the Washington DC VA Medical Center since June 2014. In her role as Chief, N&FS, she had administrative responsibility for planning, staffing, implementing, and evaluating a functionally comprehensive nutrition program. This includes coordinating departmental activities with other services within the Medical Center, ambulatory clinics and the local community. She serves on the Integrative Health and Wellness Steering Committee, and along with the clinical staff, coordinates the curriculum for the Healthy Teaching Kitchen initiative. Ms. Forde joined the Medical Center in September of 2012 as the Assistant Chief of Nutrition and Food Service and has more than 20 years of experience in acute and long-term care and foodservice management. She continues to work to provide outstanding customer service noted for quality products, courtesy, responsiveness and compassionate concern for all our Veterans. A native of Washington, DC, Ms. Forde received a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from Howard University and a Master of Health Administration from Seton Hall University and is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

Denise Boehm, RN, Nurse Executive

Denise Boehm, RN

Nurse Executive

Ms. Denise Boehm was named Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Chief Nurse Executive in September, 2017. She previously served as Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive at the Louis A. Johnson VA Healthcare System in Clarksburg, West Virginia. from 2012 to 2017. Prior to her roles in executive leadership, she served Veterans and staff at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System as a staff nurse, critical care nurse educator, nurse manager of the Emergency Department and associate chief nurse for Primary Care. Ms. Boehm is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has served in various professional organizations to include: local chapters of the American Nurses Association and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses where she coordinated education and community support events. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and a Master of Science Degree in Nursing Leadership and Education from Carlow University in Pittsburgh. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Nurse Executive-Advanced. Ms. Boehm completed the Network Executive Healthcare Leadership Institute (NEHCLI) and the Nurse Executive Leadership Program at the Federal Executive Institute and is a coach for the Healthcare Leadership Development Program. Ms. Boehm has been an Adjunct Nursing Faculty member at Carlow University and Waynesburg University in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.