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Atlanta VA Health Care System


Leadership Team

Portrait of Annette P. Walker

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.

Portrait of Regina Carden

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).

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 Al Rosado

Al Rosado | (404) 321-6111 x-7602

Assistant Director

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.