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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 Ganga Hematillake, MD

Ganga Hematillake, MD | 781-687-4821

Chief Medical Officer

Ganga Hematillake, MD, was appointed as Chief Medical Officer of VISN 1 on September 2, 2016.

Dr. Hematillake joined VA more than 18 years ago and has held progressive leadership positions at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center, Wichita; Kansas, VA Central California Health Care System, Fresno, California; and Altoona VA Medical Center, Altoona, Pennsylvania. Most recently, he served as the Chief of Staff at the White River Junction VA Medical Center, Vermont, which includes a 74-bed hospital, as well as seven outpatient clinics.

Dr. Hematillake received his medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine, and a Master's of Science in Pharmacy from Idaho State University. He has been board certified in Internal Medicine since 1997.