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. 7601

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.


Connie Hampton, Interim Associate Director, Patient/Nursing Services

Connie Hampton | 404-321-6111 Ext. 206260

Interim Associate Director, Patient/Nursing Services

With over 20 years of nursing experience, including 14 years in important nursing leadership positions, as ADPCS for the CVVAMC, Dr. Connie Hampton will serves as a key member of the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center’s executive management team, providing leadership and expert knowledge for the medical center and five community-based outpatient clinics. Dr. Hampton began her career at the Birmingham VA Medical Center in 1995 and served in multiple roles such as staff nurse, charge nurse , nurse manager and Associate Nurse Executive to name a few. Her leadership portfolio allowed her to manage acute care, long-term care, surgery, emergency, and sterile processing. 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, and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). She is a 2015 graduate of the VA Health Care Leadership Development Program (HCLDP).


Sharon H. Polensek, Interim Chief of Staff

Sharon H. Polensek | 404-728-7604

Interim Chief of Staff

Sharon H. Polensek, MD, PhD is a board-certified Neurologist and the Chief of the Geriatrics, Extended Care and Rehabilitation Service Line at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. She holds a joint appointment with the Department of Neurology at Emory University. She completed her Neurology residency at Baylor College of Medicine in 2003 and a neuro-otology fellowship at Emory in 2004. Obtaining her PhD in neuroanatomy with emphasis studying the auditory system and having a Master’s in Hearing Science, her expertise is in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with dizziness and imbalance. Her research interests include the diagnosis and management of vestibular disorders and the assessment of healthcare quality for patients with dizziness. Dr. Polensek enjoys teaching and has given numerous invited presentations pertaining to vertigo and the vestibular system to local and national, as well as international audiences and written several journal articles and book chapters on these topics.


Tousha West, Acting Assistant Director

Tousha West | 404-321-6111 Ext. 206698

Acting Assistant Director

Ms. Tousha West joined the VA in 1996. She began her career as an intern in the Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program and was later hired as a Geriatric Social Worker at the Atlanta Medical Center. She has held multiple roles over her career with VA to include: Suicide Prevention Special project at VA Central Office, VISN Co-Lead for Suicide Prevention, Chair of the Disruptive Behavior Committee and Suicide Prevention Coordinator. Ms. West has also served on various special projects and committees as a subject matter expert. Prior to her role as Acting Assistant Director for the Atlanta VA Healthcare System, Ms. West was the Deputy Chief for Social Work Services overseeing the Emergency Management and for 24/7 operations for the service line. She is a graduate of Valdosta State and Clark Atlanta Universities. She has a BS in Psychology and MSW in Social Work. Ms. West is a proven performer and enthusiastic leader.