Medical Center Director
Pamela J. Reeves, M.D. was appointed Medical Center Director of the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, effective March 30, 2008.
As Medical Center Director, Dr. Reeves is responsible for the operation of this 267-bed full service medical center that provides primary, secondary and tertiary care. This includes the operation of 108 acute care beds, an onsite 109-bed nursing home/palliative care unit and an offsite 50-bed Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment program operated under our Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) program. The medical center provides acute medical, surgical, psychiatric, neurological, and dermatological inpatient care. Primary care, medical and surgical specialties are provided as well as mental health clinics, including substance abuse treatment, PRRC, a compensated work therapy program, and a community based psychiatric program with the goal of maintaining patients in their home community. The Detroit VAMC is affiliated with Wayne State University School of Medicine and is one of the four teaching hospitals affiliated with the medical school. The medical center also maintains an active research program.
Prior to this appointment, Dr. Reeves served as the Chief Medical Officer of the Veterans In Partnership Network (VISN 11) since September 2000. Previously, Dr. Reeves worked as Associate Chief of Staff for Ambulatory Care and Medical Director of Emergency Services at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.
Dr. Reeves received her B.S. degree in Biomedical Science from Western Michigan University and her M.D. degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Reeves completed her postdoctoral training in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School from 1992-1995; Dr. Reeves is board certified in internal medicine.
She is a member of the American College of Physician (ACP) and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
Annette Walker, M.S.H.A., B.S.N., assumed the duties of Associate Medical Center Director at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, in March 2013. Prior to this appointment, she served as Chief of Business Practice.
As Associate Director, Ms. Walker is responsible for the administrative services that support the clinical mission of the medical center, which include Financial Services, Facility Management, Environmental Management Services, Human Resources, Logistics, Business Practice, Protection and Support Services, Safety, Privacy/FOIA, Decision Support System and Emergency Management of the medical center.
Ms. Walker has been a Department of Veterans Affairs employee for more than eighteen years and has held such roles as staff nurse, clinical nurse manager, Health Systems Specialist to the Associate Director for Patient Care Services and the Medical Center Director and Chief of Business Practice. She has served in the role of Seamless Transition (OEF/OIF) Coordinator and is the current advocate for Former Prisoners of War.
Prior to the VA, Ms. Walker worked in a variety of community emergency departments as a staff nurse and emergency department director. Ms. Walker also served the community by volunteering in a variety of areas to include local health fairs, 16 years as part of the Detroit Grand Prix medical response team and the Michigan State Fair first aide team.
Ms. Walker proudly served as a member of the United States Air Force Reserves from 1984 to 2008. She is also a Veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
Ms. Walker obtained her B.S. in Nursing from Wayne State University and her Master of Science in Health Services Administration from the University of Detroit, Mercy. She is currently a certified project manager and a certified coach/mentor.
She is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives and a lifetime member of the Reserve Officers Association.
Chief of Staff
Dr. Scott A. Gruber was appointed Chief of Staff at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, and Associate Dean for Veterans Affairs at Wayne State University School of Medicine, effective October 24, 2010.
Prior to his appointment, Dr. Gruber served as Professor of Surgery and Chief, Section of Transplant Surgery, Wayne State University School of Medicine and as Director of the Organ Transplant Program at Harper University Hospital since 2001. He received his M.B.A. from Wayne State University in 2007 with induction into Beta Gamma Sigma, the National Business Honor Society, and became one of the only surgeons in the nation to attain Fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives in 2008. The Certifying Commission in Medical Management designated Dr. Gruber a Certified Physician Executive in 2013 for educational achievements, demonstrated stature as a physician, and experience in the field of medical management.
Dr. Gruber is a Tau Beta Pi and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Johns Hopkins University where he received a B.E.S. in bioengineering with honors. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from SUNY Downstate Medical School in Brooklyn, where he was President of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed his general surgical residency, Ph.D. in pharmacology, and transplant fellowship at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Gruber was the inaugural recipient of the Society of University Surgeons-Ethicon Research Fellowship.
Prior to his arrival at WSU, Dr. Gruber initiated successful pancreas transplant programs at Albany Medical College and University of Texas at Houston; co-directed the translational research effort at the University of Louisville leading to the successful performance of the first hand transplant in the nation; and led the Houston team which performed the world's first living-donor adult-to-pediatric nerve transplant from mother to 8-month-old infant with obstetric brachial plexus palsy.
Associate Director, Patient Care Services
Belinda Brown-Tezera, APRN, MSN, MBA, was appointed Acting Associate Director, Patient Care Services, John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, in December 2013.
A 26-year employee with the VA, Brown-Tezera has served in many roles in both a clinical and administrative capacity. Most recently, she was appointed Associate Chief Nurse for Geriatrics and Extended Care at the medical center. This appointment was supported by her previous experience as Associate Chief nurse for Professional Practice & Education, Primary Care and Specialty Services at the medical center.
She has also served as Program Manager for Health Promotion Disease Prevention at the Detroit VAMC, and VISN 11 Program Manager for Telemedicine/Telehealth, Pain Management and Colorectal Cancer Programs.
Brown-Tezera has extensive experience in Nursing Practice, Nursing Workforce Development, Nursing Recruitment and Retention and Women’s Health and Primary Care.
Brown-Tezera earned her APN and MSN from Georgia State University and her MBA from University of Phoenix.
Deputy Chief of Staff
Dr. Raghu Matta was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff of the Detroit VA Healthcare System in April 2011.
Dr. Matta received his MD degree from Andhra Medical College in Visakhapatnam, India, and went on to complete post-graduate General Medicine training at King George Hospital, Visakhapatnam, India.
He subsequently completed an Internal Medicine residency at Wayne State University here in Detroit in June 1996, and joined the staff of the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in July 1996.
He is a Board Certified internist and has experience in Compensation & Pension, Inpatient Medicine and Primary Care. He has been involved in clinical research as well as trainee education and is a Clinical Associate Professor (Voluntary Faculty) at Wayne State University. He was appointed Assistant Chief of Primary Care in 2008, and played a key role in facility performance improvement activities.
Dr. Matta served as Acting Chief of Staff from February to November 2010. Since his appointment as Deputy Chief of Staff in April 2011, Dr. Matta has been closely involved in Utilization Management, Primary and Specialty Care Access, Credentialing & Privileging, Performance Improvement, Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) implementation, Peer Review Committee, Consult Management, Non VA Care and Compensation & Pension, as well as the day-to-day hospital operations.