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Atlanta VA Medical Center


Leadership Team

Portrait of Annette P. Walker

Annette P. Walker | 404- 321-6111 x-7601

Medical Center Director

Portrait of Thomas Grace

Thomas Grace | 404-728-7602

Associate Medical Center Director

Mr. Thomas Grace, MBA/MHA, was appointed Associate Director of the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Decatur, Georgia, in July 2012. Previously, Mr. Grace served as Atlanta VAMC Assistant Director, Acting Associate Director, and Acting Director. Before coming to Atlanta in 2009, he was the Chief, Systems Analysis and Management Section for the Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System. Mr. Grace began his VA career as a Graduate Health Administration Training Program resident at the Asheville VA Medical Center in July 1994. After completing his residency, Mr. Grace became a Health System Specialist (HSS) trainee at the Asheville VAMC. Upon completing the HSS training program in 1996, Mr. Grace served as the Clinic Administrator at the Lawton/Fort Sill VA Outpatient Clinic in Lawton, OK. In April 1999, he joined the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center, Dublin, GA, as the Business Manager for the Primary Care Service Line. In February 2005, he became a Health System Specialist supporting the Chief of Staff at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center. Mr. Grace obtained his Bachelor of Science in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology in March 1992. He completed his Masters Degree in Business Administration in June 1994 and completed his Masters Degree in Health Administration in March 1995 at Georgia State University. Mr. Grace is a member of the Executive Career Field Candidate Development Program Class of 2006.

Portrait of Sandy Leake, R.N., MSN

Sandy Leake, R.N., MSN | 404.321.6111 x6260

Associate Director, Patient/Nursing Services

was appointed Interim Director of the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Decatur, Georgia, in January 2013. Ms. Leake assumed the duties of Associate Director for Nursing/Patient Care Services (AD, N/PS) at the Atlanta VAMC in March 1998. Previously, she served in dual roles as Acting Chief Nurse Executive and Associate Director. She is ultimately responsible for nursing practice throughout the medical center and its associated clinics. As a member of the hospital’s executive team, Ms. Leake exerts a substantial influence over the organization’s operations and strategic goals. Organizationally, Ms. Leake is also directly responsible for Social Work, Nutrition and Food, Chaplain and Voluntary Services.
Ms. Leake possesses more than 22 years of diversified nursing experience characterized by increasingly responsible positions in executive leadership and management, clinical nursing, education and program development.
Ms. Leake received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Memphis in 1987, and a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from Vanderbilt University in 1989. She has held both private sector clinical staff and academic positions, and her clinical focus has been in critical care with an emphasis in coronary care. A VA Health Professional Scholarship recipient, she joined the VA at the Gainesville, Florida VA Medical Center in 1989, and transferred to the Atlanta VA in 1993. After working as a critical care clinical specialist, she moved into a nurse manager position, and was asked to fulfill the Acting Chief Nurse Executive role in 1995. She has been a member of the hospital’s executive team since.

Portrait of David Bower, M.D.

David Bower, M.D. | 404-728-7604

Chief of Staff

assumed the duties of Chief of Staff September 15, 2000. He previously served as Acting Chief of Staff and Director of Medical Intensive Care at the Atlanta VAMC. Dr. Bower is also the Clinical Chairman for the VISN 7 Acute Care Committee and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs-VA, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine. As Chief of Staff, Dr. Bower serves as professional colleague, supervisor and leader of the professional medical staff and is responsible for coordinating medical activities within the Medical Center.
As a member of the hospital’s executive team, Dr. Bower is intricately involved in developing and implementing the organization’s operations and strategic goals.
Dr. Bower received his Medical Degree from the Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, in 1986. He completed his Internal Medicine Internship and Residency at Emory University Affiliated Hospitals, Atlanta, Georgia, in 1989. He is board certified with the American Board of Internal Medicine with added qualification in Critical Care Medicine. He has held a faculty appointment as Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Division of General Internal Medicine with the Department of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine since 1993.

Portrait of Amir Farooqi

Amir Farooqi | (404) 321-6111 x-7602

Acting Assistant Director