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VA New England Healthcare System


Leadership Team

Portrait of Michael Mayo-Smith, MD, MPH

Michael Mayo-Smith, MD, MPH | 781-687-4821

Network Director

Michael F. Mayo-Smith, M.D., M.P.H., was appointed as the Network Director for the VA New England Healthcare System (VISN 1) effective July 6, 2008. The VA New England Network includes eight VA Medical Centers and 48 outpatient clinics throughout the six New England states serving a population of almost 1 million Veterans. The Network employs over 13,000 staff.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Mayo-Smith served as the national Chief Consultant, Primary Care, since 2006. From 1999 to 2006, he served as Director, Primary Care Service Line, VA New England Healthcare System. He began his VA career in 1987 at the Manchester VA Medical Center where he held several positions of increasing responsibility including Associate Chief of Staff for Ambulatory Care, Director of the Substance Abuse Treatment Program, and Medical Director for the Hospital Based Home Care Program. From 1984 to 1987, Dr. Mayo-Smith worked in private practice in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Dr. Mayo-Smith received his Bachelor's degree in Science from Amherst College, Amherst, Mass., and received his medical degree from the Hahnemann University (now Drexel University School of Medicine), Philadelphia, PA, in 1980. In 1986, he received his Masters in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Geriatrics and certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Portrait of Barrett Franklin, MC, CCE

Barrett Franklin, MC, CCE | 781-687-4821

Deputy Network Director

Mr. Barrett Franklin, MS, CCE, was appointed Deputy Network Director, VISN 1, December 2015.

Mr. Franklin has been a part of the VISN 1 leadership team since June of 2012, as the Network Clinical Engineering Manager (Chief of Clinical Engineering) for VA New England Healthcare System. Mr. Franklin has recently served as the Acting Deputy Network Director, VISN 1, for a one-year detail. He has also previously served as the Acting Associate Director for Manchester VA Medical Center on a detail assignment.

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 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.

Portrait of Lisa Lehmann, MD, PhD, MSc

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.