Leadership Team - John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan
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John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan

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Leadership Team

Pamela J. Reeves, M.D., Medical Center Director

Pamela J. Reeves, M.D. | 313-576-1212

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), and 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 and a clinical professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine. She is a member of the American College of Physician (ACP) and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

Michelle S. Werner, Associate Director

Michelle S. Werner | 313-576-4421

Associate Director

Michelle S. Werner was appointed Associate Director of the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit in May 2017. As Associate Director of the medical center, Ms. Werner is responsible for the administrative services that support the clinical mission of the medical center, which include Financial Services, Facility Management Services, Environmental Management Services, Human Resources, Logistics, Business Practice, Protection and Support Services, Safety, Privacy/FOIA, Decision Support System and Emergency Management. A Department of Veterans Affairs employee since 1996, Ms. Werner has served in a number of roles, most recently she was the Chief of Clinical Operations. She is a Registered Occupational Therapist, launching her career at the VA as an Occupational Therapy intern. She has supervised the medical center’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation program, served as Administrative Officer to the Chief of Staff, and completed details at the VISN office in Ann Arbor, Michigan and at VA Central Office in Washington D.C. In her role as Chief of Clinical Operations, she provided strategic development and oversight for critical support services including inpatient and outpatient scheduling, Quality and Performance, Patient Safety, Volunteer and Community Relations, the Telephone Call Center and Clinical Informatics. Her focus on strategic planning and patient access has been widely noted both in the network and on a national level. Ms. Werner received her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Michigan University and a certificate in Healthcare Data Analytics from Nebraska Methodist College. She is a certified VA Mentor, a Graduate of the VA Health Care Leadership Development Program, a Graduate of the VISN 11 Leadership Development Program and the VISN 11 Executive Academy.

Scott Gruber, M.D., Chief of Staff

Scott Gruber, M.D. | 313-576-1000 Ext. 63327

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.

Belinda Brown-Tezera, Associate Director, Patient Care Services

Belinda Brown-Tezera | 313-576-1000 Ext. 61855

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.

Raghuram Matta, M.D., Deputy Chief of Staff

Raghuram Matta, M.D. | 313-576-1000 Ext. 64341

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.