Atlanta VA Health Care System
Annette P. Walker | 404- 321-6111 x-7601
Medical Center Director
Ms. Annette P. Walker was appointed as director of the Atlanta VA Medical Center Aug. 12, 2016. As one of the largest VA health care systems in the nation, the Atlanta VAMC, with its main hospital in Decatur, campuses at Fort McPherson and in Carrollton, as well as clinics in Atlanta, East Point, Oakwood, Austell, Stockbridge, Lawrenceville, Newnan, Rome, and Blairsville, Georgia, provides health care to more than 102,000 Veterans.
Previously, Ms. Walker was the Associate Director at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan, a position she held since March 2013. Beginning in January 2016, Ms. Walker served a four month term as Interim Director at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Walker has over 22 years of experience with VA beginning as a staff nurse and having held roles in nursing management, medical administration, and seamless transition (OEF/OIF) coordination, as well as serving as the current advocate for former Prisoners of War.
Prior to her VA service, Ms. Walker worked in a variety of community emergency departments as a staff nurse and emergency department director. Ms. Walker also proudly served as a Flight Nurse in the United States Air Force Reserves and is a Veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
Regina Carden | 404-728-7602
Associate Medical Center Director
Ms. Regina Carden is an Ohio native with a BS in Business Administration (Accounting) from the University of Dayton. She joined VA in 1982 and in her VA career she has held the executive positions of Financial Manager, Resource Officer (Fiscal, HR and A&MMS) and has served extended details as VISN7 Deputy Network Director, and Acting Associate Director for Resources at CAVHCS. She has managed segments of Health Administration Service to include MCCF, Eligibility, Insurance Verification, Fee Basis and Patient Travel. As Administrative Officer to the Associate Director she led improvement projects relative to Budget, Fee Bases Management, Revenue Generation and Team Building.
She has had several VISN and national assignments, which include VHA Business Process Improvement Committee Education Conference Co-Chair, VHA Automated AR Accrual Project, VHA Fixed Asset Subsystem Pilot, VISN Finance and Business Operations Committee, and VISN Data Validation Task Force.
In her current role as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Network Director, she assists the Deputy Network Director on facilitating organizational processes and oversight of administrative programs to include (Human Resources, Fiscal, Financial Quality Assurance, Capital Asset Management, Logistics, Education, and Business Health Plan Management).
David L. Carden | 404.321.6111 x6260
Acting Associate Director, Patient/Nursing Services
David L. Carden is an innovative and visionary healthcare leader with over 35 years of clinical and administrative experience in all levels and facets of healthcare. After a 30 year career in the U.S Army, Mr. Carden became the Associate Director of Nursing and Patient Care Services at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center on November 17, 2013. He is a native of Phenix City, AL and graduated from the first School of Nursing class at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama in 1981. He retired from the Army with the rank of Colonel in 2012. Mr. Carden establishes solid and viable partnerships to effectively and efficiently align with and support key strategic and business initiatives. He also builds and retains high performance teams by hiring, developing and motivating skilled professionals who are goal oriented, mission focused, results driven and value based. He has a strong background in health promotion and prevention and attended the Master Resiliency Program at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 to become certified to teach self-awareness, self-regulation, mental agility and communication strategies to Soldiers and their families.
Mr. Carden has a Master’s in Public Health from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and a Master’s degree from U.S. Army - Baylor Program in Healthcare Administration. He is certified by the American Nurses Credential Center in Community Health Nursing and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Mr. Carden recently graduated from the 2017 Leadership VA (LVA) Course in October.
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.
Al Rosado | (404) 321-6111 x-7602
Mr. Al Rosado assumed the duties of Assistant Medical Center Director at the Atlanta VA Medical Center in August 2017. He oversees Engineering Service, Environmental Management Service, Safety, Police, Strategic Planning, Veterans Experience, Emergency Management and Public Affairs. He also has facility operational liaison responsibility for both the Information Technology and Canteen Vending & Retail Services. Prior to his role as Interim Assistant Medical Center Director, Mr. Rosado served as the Site Administrator for the Fort McPherson VA Campus and the Atlanta VA Clinic. Mr. Rosado joined the VA in November of 1999 at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, as the Assistant Chief for Environmental Management Service (EMS) and was later named Chief, EMS.
Mr. Rosado was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army in 1986 and later retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. During his career in the Army, he served on numerous leadership positions to include Battery Commander, Foreign Exchange Officer and Operations Officer. He attended the Basic and Advanced Officer Courses and the US Army Command & General Staff College.
Mr. Rosado obtained a Bachelors of Arts Degree from the Inter-American University, Puerto Rico in 1986 and a Masters of Business Administration from American Intercontinental University in 2007. Mr. Rosado completed the VA Network Executive Health Care Leadership Institute Program in 2009.
Mr. Rosado has served as a Subject Matter Expert on numerous occasions for VA Central Office, the Office of Environmental Programs Service, and VISN 7.