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VA New England Healthcare System


VA New England Healthcare System Announces New Chief Medical Officer

September 2, 2016

BEDFORD, MA. - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ganga Hematillake as the new chief medical officer of VA New England Healthcare System. Hematillake will oversee the clinical delivery of health care to approximately 300,000 Veterans throughout the six New England states.

"We are excited to bring Dr. Hematillake on board as the new chief medical officer of the VA New England Healthcare System," said Dr. Michael Mayo-Smith, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 1 Director. "His sound leadership qualities and proven experience will be valuable assets for the network, the employees and volunteers, and most importantly, for the Veterans we are honored to serve. We anticipate he will arrive within the next 45 to 60 days to begin his appointment."

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.

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.

VA New England Healthcare System includes eight (8) medical centers located in the six (6) New England States: Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. In addition to health care services for Veterans, VA New England Healthcare System offers extensive education programs for doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals, as well as more than $190 million in research funding.