Leadership Team - VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
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VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

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Leadership Team

Steven Braverman, Director

Steven Braverman


Steven E. Braverman, M.D. was appointed to the role of Medical Center Director, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, effective September 29, 2019. Prior to this appointment Dr. Braverman served as the Hospital Director of the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital for three years. A native of Baltimore, MD, he retired from the Army on October 31, 2016 after 29+ years of service in the Army Medical Corps as a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician. Dr. Braverman’s Army leadership assignments include: Director (Commander), Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Director (Cdr.), Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, TX, and Director (Cdr.), Ireland Army Community Hospital, Fort Knox, KY. Staff positions include Chief Consultant to the Army Surgeon General and Chief, Program Analysis and Evaluation. He deployed to Iraq as the Multi-National Corps–Iraq Deputy Surgeon for Clinical Operations in 2008-2009. Dr. Braverman is Board Certified by the American Board of PM&R and served as an examiner for their oral board certification exam. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Academic Physiatrists, the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, and the American Board of Medical Acupuncture. Dr. Braverman’s military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Iraq Campaign Medal. He is a recipient of the “A” designator award for professional expertise, the Order of Military Medical Merit, and the General Claire L. Chennault Award for teaching excellence.

Robert W McKenrick, Executive Director, Community Engagement & Reintegration Service and Master Plan

Robert W McKenrick

Executive Director, Community Engagement & Reintegration Service and Master Plan

Robert McKenrick was appointed as the Executive Director of Care Centers and Clinics in the Community at GLAHS on November 26, 2017. He has served as Director/Deputy Director for Transportation Security Administration (TSA); Director Veterans Benefits Administration in Philadelphia, PA and Greater Los Angeles, CA. He has a diverse background that includes significant financial, administrative, and management assignments. Mr. McKenrick served in the United States Army with over 28 years and as an Officer, has led special assignments and oversaw regional and national operations. McKenrick will oversee delivery of health care provided to our Veterans in our Greater Los Angeles Community Based Outpatient Clinics. Mr. McKenrick was born in Elmira, New York. He attended Eastern Kentucky University receiving a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Police Administration; Webster University receiving a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Security Management; University of Pennsylvania receiving a M.A. degree in Government Administration; Temple University receiving a Juris Doctorate; and the United States Army War College receiving a M.A. degree in Strategic Studies. He has served combat tours in Iraq with the 1st Cavalry and 4th Infantry Divisions. His awards include the Legion of Merit Medal, Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster and Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters.

Robert C. Merchant, Executive Director, Ambulatory Care Services

Robert C. Merchant

Executive Director, Ambulatory Care Services

Robert C. Merchant was appointed Executive Director (SES), Ambulatory Care Services, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) in July 2020. Mr. Merchant oversees delivery of health care to Veterans in VAGLAHS’ two ambulatory care centers and eight community-based outpatient clinics in Kern, Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties. Mr. Merchant also leads the VAGLAHS Veteran Experience Office. Mr. Merchant previously served as the VAGLAHS Chief of Strategic and Facility Planning, where he oversaw the development of the West LA Master Plan. He has also served as Special Assistant to the VA Secretary, Executive Assistant to the VA Chief of Staff, and Special Advisor to the VA Deputy Secretary. He has held senior positions at the Department of State in both Baghdad, Iraq and Washington, DC. Mr. Merchant holds a Master of Laws from The George Washington University Law School, a Juris Doctor from Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts from Juniata College. Mr. Merchant served in the United States Navy Reserve for 12 years and is an Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran. His military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

Steven R. Simon, Chief of Staff

Steven R. Simon

Chief of Staff

Steven R. Simon, M.D., M.P.H. was appointed as Chief of Staff, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, effective February 16, 2020. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Simon served as Associate Chief of Staff and Chief of Geriatrics and Extended Care at VA Boston Healthcare System. A California native, Dr. Simon attended Stanford University and graduated with honors from Yale University School of Medicine. After completing internal medicine residency training at University of California San Francisco and a chief medical residency at the University of Hawaii, Dr. Simon completed a fellowship in general internal medicine at Harvard Medical School, during which he received a master’s degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Simon is a nationally recognized health services researcher and medical educator. His research focuses on interventions to improve the quality and safety of health care, with special emphasis on the use of educational programs and healthcare information technology to improve the delivery and receipt of care for common medical conditions. He has served as principal investigator on numerous investigator-initiated research grants from the VA Health Services Research and Development Service and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. His more than 130 research publications have appeared in journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, and Health Affairs. He serves on the Editorial Board of Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Marcia Lysaght, Associate Director, Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive

Marcia Lysaght

Associate Director, Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive

Ms. Marcia Lysaght DNP, RN, MSN was appointed as the Associate Director for Patient Care Services effective April 28, 2019. Mrs. Lysaght joined the VA system in 2003 and was appointed the Associate Director for Patient Care Services at the Miami VA Healthcare System on April 12, 2010. Prior to assuming this position, Mrs. Lysaght served as the Director of Case Management & Utilization Management at the Culinary Health Fund and Director of Quality for the Health Services Coalition in Las Vegas which included 23 health plans encompassing 350 thousand lives. In addition, she previously held academic and leadership/administrative positions at the Loma Linda VAMC, Victor Valley California College, St. Jude California Medical Center, Santa Ana Western Medical Center, and the Desert Valley Hospital in California. Mrs. Lysaght is Board Certified in Executive Nursing Practice and has an extensive background in case management, as an educator, quality management specialist, and administrator. She received her Bachelor’s in Science from the California State University – Fullerton (CSUF); a Master’s in Science in Nursing from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice in Executive Health System Leadership from the University of San Francisco. Mrs. Lysaght was born in Trinidad and enjoys cultural festivities and loves to travel. She manages to effectively balance a successful and demanding nursing leadership position with work and family life. She is a wife, mother and grandmother.

Jennifer Worley, Associate Director, Operations

Jennifer Worley

Associate Director, Operations

Jennifer Worley was appointed as the Associate Director, Operations for the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (GLAHS) effective March 3, 2019. As the Associate Director, Operations, Ms. Worley will oversee the operations of Occupational Safety and Health, Engineering, Environmental Management Service, Police Service, Nutrition & Food Service and have a liaison role with VISN22 Prosthetics, Veterans Canteen Service and OI&T. Prior to this position, Ms. Worley served as the Chief of Nutrition and Food Services (NFS) at GLAHS, a position she has held since 2009. She provided leadership to and managed the largest NFS within Veterans Health Administration. In addition, Ms. Worley served in several Acting positions in GLAHS as the Acting Assistant Director (now titled Associate Director, Operations) and Acting Associate Director (now titled Associate Director, Resources). |Ms. Worley started her professional career at GLAHS after completing the VA dietetic internship at West Los Angeles in 1998 and became a Registered Dietitian. After 9 years as an inpatient clinical dietitian, she was selected as the Assistant Chief, NFS and soon became Chief, NFS. Ms. Worley is a graduate of California State University at Long Beach, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and Food Administration and Master of Science in Nutritional Science. Ms. Worley completed the VISN 21/22 Leadership Development Institute in 2005. She is a proud native of Los Angeles.

Prachi V. Asher, Associate Director, Resources

Prachi V. Asher

Associate Director, Resources

Ms. Prachi Asher was appointed as the Associate Director, Resources for the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, effective June 24, 2019. Previously, Ms. Asher was the Assistant Director at the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System for eight years. Ms. Asher received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She continued her studies earning a Master’s in Health Services Administration and MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ms. Asher joined the VA in 2004, starting her VA career at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, in Cincinnati Ohio. She has also held positions at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and served a detail as the Assistant Director at the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a certified clinical engineer and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). From October 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013, Ms. Asher served as the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System Acting Associate Director for Administration. She also assumed the role as Acting Associate Director for Administration from October 1 - November 30, 2014.