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Management Team

Joel Scholten, MD

ACOS for Rehabilitation Services

In January 2009, Dr. Scholten became the Associate Chief of Staff for Rehabilitation Services for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, DC.

He provides clinical care in the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Polytrauma Clinics and also serves as the Director of the Polytrauma Research Fellowship for doctoral level physical therapists. Dr. Scholten also works in VA Central Office within the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Program Office as the National Director of Special Projects. He serves on a number of national VA committees including the Post Deployment Interdisciplinary Clinical Initiative - Technical Advisory Team, the National Pain Committee, and the TBI Screening and Evaluation Committee. His research interests include traumatic brain injury, polytrauma, and pain.

Dr. Scholten joined the staff at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa, Florida in 1998 and served as the Medical Director of the Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation programs for over ten years.

He serves as an Associate Clinical Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine and is the clinical coordinator of VA?s Polytrauma/Blast Related Injury QUERI.

Dr. Scholten received his medical degree at the University of South Dakota and completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine.

Joel Scholten, MD

Service Chiefs

Rev. Carol A. Ramsey-Lucas, BCC,Chaplain Service

Philip N. Seton, M.D.,Emergency Department

Timothy Lesane,Environmental Management Service

Elizabeth Cobbs, MD,Geriatrics

Shannon Carroll,HR

Dennis Wells,Information and Technology

Pamela Karasik, MD,Medical Service

Sue-Ann Forde,Nutrition and Food Service

Jack Lichy, MD, PhD,Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service

Todd Johnson,Patient Experience

Gaye Broadway,Patient Safety Officer

Ivan P. Cephas, Pharm D.,Pharmacy Services

Joel Scholten, MD,Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service

Leela Chacko, MD,Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service

Melissa Turner MD, MPH,Primary Care

Marvin Cornish,Protocol

Howard Schulman, PhD,Psychology Service

Gloria Hairston,Public Affairs

Laura Harrington,Quality Management

Marc R. Blackman, M.D.,Research Service

Florine Cook-Witherspoon,Safety Office

Sevena Boughton, LCSW,Social Work Service

Fred Brody, MD, MBA,Surgery Service

Aldean Swan,Voluntary Service

Matthew Reinhard, PsyD,War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC)

L. Gale Bell, RN,Women Veterans Program Manager and Clinic Coordinator