Leadership Team - Atlanta VA Health Care System
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Leadership Team

Ann R. Brown, Director, AVAHCS

Ann R. Brown | 404-321-6111 Ext. 207601

Director, AVAHCS

Ms. Ann Brown was appointed as the Director of the Atlanta VA Healthcare System effective May 3, 2019. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Brown served as the Medical Center Director of VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. In addition, Ms. Brown has served as the Director of Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. She also previously served as the Director of the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV, Acting Deputy Network Director (VISN 9), the Associate Director for Operations at the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System in Nashville TN, and the VISN 23 Business Office Manager in Lincoln NE. Ms. Brown held various positions at the South Texas Veterans Healthcare System in San Antonio TX. Ms. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Texas in Austin, and a master’s degree in health services administration from Trinity University in San Antonio. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.


Lance Davis, Deputy Director, AVAHCS

Lance Davis | 404-728-7602

Deputy Director, AVAHCS

Dr. Lance Davis joined the VA in 1993. He began his career as a Geriatric Pharmacy Resident in Gainesville, Florida. Since then he has held many positions in pharmacy programs from Primary Care Clinical Specialist, Ambulatory Care Section Supervisor, Assistant Chief and Chief of Pharmacy at different locations. He later served as the VISN Pharmacist Executive for VISN 10. He is a graduate of the VA’s Executive Career Field program. Dr. Davis was appointed as the Deputy Network Director in 2011. He moved to Miami to become Associate Medical Center Director. He also served as Interim Medical Facility Director at West Palm Beach VAMC. He comes to Atlanta following a request to accept a detail as Interim, Chief of Pharmacy at a sister facility in VISN 7. He brings with him a multitude of experience in both clinical and administrative programs. He has dedicated his career to those who have served and continue to serve.


Gerald M. “Jay” De Worth, Associate Director

Gerald M. “Jay” De Worth

Associate Director

Gerald M. “Jay” De Worth was officially appointed as the new Associate Medical Center Director for the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center on June 16, 2012. Immediately prior to his current assignment, De Worth served as the Executive Assistant to the Medical Center Director at the VA medical center in Alexandria, VA. During a VA career that spans 27 years, De Worth has occupied a variety of positions of increasing responsibility, including Director of Facilities Management at the Alexandria VA Health Care System; Director of Patient Support Services at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, MO; and Chief of Clinical Nutrition at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, GA. He began his VA career as a clinical dietician at the Birmingham VA Medical Center in Alabama. De Worth’s VA experience is broad and encompasses multiple areas: customer service representative for the Alexandria VA Health Care System and Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 16; strategic planning; VA and Department of Defense (DoD) collaboration; Community-based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) implementation planning; patient safety; Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) program; suicide prevention program; and mental health environment of care. He has a passionate commitment to ensuring superior customer service wherever he works and is particularly enthusiastic about initiatives relating to VA’s Patient and Family Centered Care (PFCC) initiatives. A member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), De Worth continually seeks new challenges that will expand his knowledge base related to VA healthcare. A native of New Jersey, De Worth received his undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama and pursued graduate work at Central Michigan University. He has a beautiful wife, Jackie, and three lovely daughters.


Connie Hampton, Associate Director, Patient/Nursing Care Services

Connie Hampton | 404-321-6111 Ext. 206260

Associate Director, Patient/Nursing Care Services

Dr. Hampton joined the Atlanta VA Healthcare System on August 5, 2019 as the Associate Director Nursing/Patient Care Services. Dr. Hampton began her career as a staff nurse at the Birmingham VA Medical Center in 1995. She relocated to the Atlanta VA Medical Center in 2002 where she worked in several Nursing Leadership roles such as Nurse Manager and Associate Nurse Executive of Trinka Davis Veterans Village. Her leadership portfolio allowed her to manage acute care, long-term care, surgery, emergency, and sterile processing. She served as an Acting ADNPCS in 2014 at the Shreveport VA Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana and Interim Associate Director Nursing/Patient care Service at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center for 30 days, after which she was selected as the permanent ADNPCS in 2016. Dr. Hampton received her Associate’s Degree in 1994 from Lawson State Community College in Birmingham, AL, a Bachelor of Science in 1998 from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, a Master of Science FNP degree in 2000 from Samford University, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree in 2010 from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Dr. Hampton loves community service work and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society, Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, American Organization of Nursing Leadership, Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). She is a proud 2015 graduate of the VA Health Care Leadership Development Program (HCLDP).


Ivan Correa, Chief of Staff

Ivan Correa | 404-321-6111 Ext. 207601

Chief of Staff

Ivan Correa, MD has been selected as the Chief of Staff for the Atlanta VA Health Care System (AVAHCS), effective January 5, 2020. Dr. Correa comes to AVAHCS from Sierra Nevada VA Health Care System where he served as Chief of Staff. He is board certified in Family Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and is a Certified Medical Doctor. In Nevada he served as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine. Dr. Correa started his science career as a research microbiologist and worked for the U.S. environmental protection Agency and the Department of Defense as an environmental scientist before going back to medical school. He has a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Puerto Rico and graduated from the New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. He completed his graduate medical education at Florida Hospital in Orlando. Dr. Correa's current research interest is in caregiver burden in dementia. Dr. Correa began his VA career at the Roseburg Oregon VA health Care System. He also served at the New Mexico VA health Care System in Albuquerque. Dr. Correa has held positions including Associate Chief of Staff for Geriatric and Extended Care and has been involved in national process improvement projects involving patient flow.


Gregory O. Wolff, Assistant Director

Gregory O. Wolff | 404-321-6111 Ext. 206698

Assistant Director

Mr. Gregory O. Wolff was appointed as the Assistant Director of the Atlanta VA Health Care System in October 2020. Mr. Wolff joined the VA in 2008 as a Human Resources Specialist at the Iowa City, Iowa VA Medical Center. Since then, he has held progressively responsible human resource roles at several facilities, including the Birmingham, Alabama VA Medical Center, the Wilmington, Delaware Medical Center, and the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System. Prior to being appointed the Assistant Director at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, Mr. Wolff served as the Acting Assistant Director at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System. Mr. Wolff holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, and a master’s degree in Business Administration and graduate certificate in Human Resources from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Mr. Wolff is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). He is also an alumnus of the VA Technical Career Field (TCF) Internship Program and a proud U.S. Army Veteran.