VA New England Healthcare System
Barrett Franklin, MC, CCE | 781-687-4821
Acting Network Director
Mr. Barrett Franklin, MS, CCE, was appointed Acting Network Director for the VA New England Healthcare System in March of 2018. He joined the VISN Executive Leadership Team as the Deputy Network Director, and has served in that capacity since December of 2015.
A part of the VISN 1 leadership team since June of 2012, he previously served as the Network Clinical Engineering Manager (Chief of Clinical Engineering). Outside of the VISN office has also served in other executive leadership capacities including a detail as the Acting Associate Director for the Manchester VA Medical Center.
Mr. Franklin's tenure with VA New England Healthcare System began in 2009, initially with VA Boston Healthcare System, and then with Providence VA Medical Center, where he managed the Clinical Engineering Department. Prior to working with VA, Mr. Franklin worked in the Midwest for a large engineering consulting firm as a Medical Technology and Clinical Engineering Consultant, providing consultation services and project management for projects ranging from two to nearly 200 million dollars.
A graduate of Leadership VA, the VISN 1 Transformational Leadership Program and a certified mentor, Mr. Franklin holds a Master of Science Degree from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor of Science degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He resides outside of Boston with his family.
Lisa Lehmann, MD, PhD, MSc | 781-687-4821
Acting Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Lisa Soleymani Lehmann is a primary care physician and bioethicist. In addition to her position as NCEHC Executive Director, she is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.
Dr. Lehmann is a graduate of Cornell University, where she was a College Scholar studying philosophy, chemistry and near eastern studies. After receiving her BA, she spent two years studying Talmud. She received her MD and PhD in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University, completed her residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and was a fellow in the HMS Fellowship in General Medicine and Primary Care and the HMS Fellowship in Medical Ethics. She received a Masters of Science in clinical epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Prior to joining NCEHC, Dr. Lehmann practiced primary care and was Director of Bioethics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. There, she helped develop a robust clinical ethics consultation service and a strong program in ethics education for trainees and hospital staff, developed hospital ethics policy, taught and mentored medical and graduate students, and had an active program of grant-funded empirical and normative research in bioethics.
Her research focuses on how to improve care for patients and families at the end of life, the relationship between moral courage, speaking up and patient safety, how to responsibly integrate genomics into clinical medicine, and the intersection of ethics and health policy. Dr. Lehmann was Chair of the Society of General Internal Medicine Ethics Committee, Chair of the Framingham Heart Study Ethics Advisory Board, and Chair of the HMS Scholars in Medicine Medical Humanities Advisory Committee. She is a member of the American College of Physicians Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee.
Charles Ritter |
Acting Deputy Network Director
Mr. Charles (Chuck) Ritter comes to the VISN 1 Office from VA Boston Healthcare System, where he has been the Assistant Director for the Jamaica Plain Campus since January 2015.
Mr. Ritter brings years of management experience within the Veterans Health Administration including Boston (MA), Portland (OR) and the Baltimore (MD) VA Medical Centers.
Formerly the Chief of the Business Office at the VA Boston Healthcare System, he also recently served as the Acting Director of Health Administration at the Phoenix VA Medical Center, where he was detailed to assist the organization with issues that contributed to the access crisis.
Mr. Ritter received his Masters of Public Health from Portland State University in 2004 and received his BA from the University of Delaware in 2000. The recipient of several significant recognitions, the most recent being the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) in May 2014.