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Portrait of Charles Faselis, MD

Charles Faselis, MD |

Acting Medical Center Director

Dr. Charles Faselis was named Acting Medical Center Director August 12, 2018. Prior to assuming this role, Dr. 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.


Portrait of Maria D Llorente, MD

Maria D Llorente, MD |

Acting Chief of Staff

Dr. Maria Llorente was named Acting Chief of Staff of the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center August 12, 2018. Prior to assuming this role, she served as the medical center's Deputy Chief of Staff. She is board certified in psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry.

For more than 20 years, Dr. Llorente has served the Department of Veterans Affairs in several capacities including the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for VISN 5 and Chief of Mental Health Service for the Washington DC VA Medical Center.

She has participated in research in a variety of areas, including suicide and homicide/suicide, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder among older Veterans, psychopharmacology in older adults with dementia, and improving mental health services delivery for older adults.

Her areas of clinical expertise include the management and treatment of geriatric depression, dementia and PTSD among older veterans.

Dr. Llorente obtained her Bachelors of Psychology Degree from the University of Miami in Florida, and her MD degree from the University of Florida School of Medicine. She completed a psychiatry residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami.


Portrait of Denise Boehm, RN

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.


Portrait of Stanley L. Staton

Stanley L. Staton |

Acting Associate Director

Mr. Stanley Staton was named Acting Associate Director August 12, 2018. Before assuming this role, he has been serving as the Acting Assistant Director of the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center since November 2017.

He joins the Washington DC team from Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center (MEDVAMC) in Houston, Texas, where he served as Chief of Police, acting Associated Director, acting Chief, Environmental Management Services and Facility Planner.

Mr. Staton is a retired 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 at 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).


Portrait of Sue-Ann Forde, MHA, RD

Sue-Ann Forde, MHA, RD | (202) 745-8000 x58487

Acting Assistant Director

Ms. Sue-Ann Forde was named Acting Assistant Director August 12, 2018. Prior to assuming this position, she has been serving as 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 has 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.

She joined the Medical Center in September 2012 as the Assistant Chief of Nutrition and Food Service, and has more than 18 years of experience in acute and long term care and foodservice management.

Ms. Forde’s goal is to ensure that Nutrition & Food Service is recognized as a model provider of nutrition services and hospitality at the VA. 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.