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Atlanta VA Health Care System


Leadership Team

Portrait of Dr. Ajay Dhawan

Dr. Ajay Dhawan | 404- 321-6111 x-7601

Interim Medical Center Director

Dr. Ajay Dhawan, M.D. was appointed as the Interim Director of the Atlanta VA Medical Center effective November 2, 2018. In this capacity, he is responsible for one of VA’s largest integrated health care systems. With 466 inpatient beds, including a 120-bed Community Living Center, a 40-bed domiciliary, and a 21-bed Residential Treatment Program, the Atlanta VA Medical Center serves the healthcare needs of more than 130,000 enrolled Veterans living in 50 counties across northeast Georgia.

Prior to his appointment as the Interim Director, Dr. Dhawan served as Chief Medical Officer for the VA Southeast Network (VISN 7), a position he has held since 2015. As the Chief Medical Officer, he provides oversight for clinical care and healthcare delivery operations for 8 VA Medical Centers across Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina. He has also held other clinical leadership positions within the VA, including the Chief of Staff at the VA Northern Indiana Healthcare System (Fort Wayne, Indiana), Associate Chief of Staff at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center (Bay Pines, Florida), and Chief Medical Officer for the VA Outpatient Clinic in Toledo, Ohio. Dr. Dhawan has been chosen to participate in emerging initiatives at both the regional and national levels.

Dr. Dhawan also brings private sector experience to the Atlanta VA Medical Center, having served as Vice President of Medical Affairs at Culberson Memorial Hospital in Rushville, Illinois, and as a surveyor for The Joint Commission.

Dr. Dhawan is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine with a further specialization in Clinical Informatics and is currently licensed to practice medicine in the states of Michigan and Florida. Dr. Dhawan is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Fellow of the American Institute of Healthcare Quality.

Portrait of Lance Davis

Lance Davis | 404-728-7602

Interim Associate Medical Center Director

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.

Portrait of Charles

Charles "Chuck" Gills | 404.321.6111 x206260

Interim Associate Director, Patient/Nursing Services

Charles “Chuck” Gills has been selected as the Interim Nurse Executive for the Atlanta VA Health Care System, effective November 4, 2018. Prior to this appointment, he served at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center as the Acting Associate Director for Nursing and Patient Care Services from February 2018 to October 2018, as the Associate Chief Nurse, Specialty Care from March 2017 to February 2018, and Acting Chief, DRMS and Radiology from July 2017 until October 2017. He was detailed as the AD, NPCS at the Salem VAMC from July 2016 until March 2017. Prior to this, he was the Associate Chief Nurse, Geriatrics and Extended Care from April 2012 until July 2016 at the Tuscaloosa VAMC. He was detailed as the AD, NPCS at the Central Alabama VA Health Care System from October 2014 to December 2014.
Prior to employment at the TVAMC, he worked across many areas of health care beginning in 1987 at a local urgent care facility where he held positions as front desk clerk, Office Manager and RN. From February 1994 to August 2018, he worked at a local community hospital, progressing from a Nursing Assistant to a Nurse Practitioner, and from 2003 until 2012, he worked with the State of Alabama Department of Mental Health as a Nurse Practitioner and Executive Assistant to the Medical Director, with overall supervision of Nursing Services, Nutritional Services, Occupational and Physical Therapy, Laboratory and Radiology, Medical Transportation and support staff.
Mr. Gills was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He and his wife have been married for 26 years and have 2 daughters ages 22 and 18. He obtained an Associate Degree in Nursing from Shelton State Community College in 1994, Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama in 1998 and Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2000. He holds certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Portrait of Ellen J. Mangione, MD, MPH

Ellen J. Mangione, MD, MPH | 404-728-7604

Interim Chief of Staff

Ellen J. Mangione, MD, MPH, has been Chief of Staff of the Eastern Colorado Health Care System (VA ECHCS) since December 2006. Prior to her appointment as Chief of Staff, Dr. Mangione served as Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Director for the Division of Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. As Division Director she had responsibility for licensure and/or certification of over 1,200 facilities/agencies statewide, assuring quality of care quality of life for those in these settings. Prior to her appointment as Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Mangione served for thirteen years as the Director, Division of Disease Control and Environmental Epidemiology (DCEED) for the State of Colorado. Dr. Mangione received her undergraduate degree from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts and her Doctorate of Medicine from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University in 1978. She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Boston University Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Mangione is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and Public Health and General Preventive Medicine. She is a member of the Board of Directors Health Team Works. She is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She has authored or co-authored numerous grants, legislative initiatives and publications in peer reviewed journals.

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.