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VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network

 

Leadership Team

Steven Braverman, MD, Network Director

Steven Braverman, MD | 310-268-3132

Network Director

Steven E. Braverman, M.D. was appointed as Network Director (ND) on February 25, 2024 after 9-months as the Interim ND. He served as the Medical Center Director of the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System September 2019-April 2023 and Hospital Director of the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital 2016-2019. Dr. Braverman retired from the Army on October 31, 2016 after 29 years of service in the Army Medical Corps as a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician. He last served as Director of Program Analysis and Evaluation for the Office of the Surgeon General (OTSG). Healthcare leadership assignments include: Commander (CDR), Walter Reed Army Institute of Research; CDR, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, TX; CDR, Ireland Army Community Hospital, Ft. Knox, KY; and Deputy CDR for Clinical Services, Moncrief Army Community Hospital, Fort Jackson, SC. Healthcare staff positions include Medical Corps Deputy Corps Chief; Chief of the Clinical Services Division, US Army Medical Command; Deputy Director of Health Policy and Services, OTSG; PM&R and Chief Consultant to OTSG; Command Surgeon, National Defense University; He deployed to Iraq as the Multi-National Corps–Iraq Deputy Surgeon for Clinical Operations in 2008-2009. Dr. Braverman is Board Certified by the American Board of PM&R and served as an examiner for their oral board certification exam. He has served on the Boards of Directors of the Association of Academic Physiatrists, the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, and the American Board of Medical Acupuncture. His military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal and Iraq Campaign Medal. He is a recipient of the “A” designator award for professional expertise, the Order of Military Medical Merit, and the General Claire L. Chennault Award for teaching excellence. CAREER CHRONOLOGY: 2023 – Present Network Director, VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network 2019 – 2023 Director, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System 2016 – 2019 Director, Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, Hines, IL 2015 – 2016 Director, Program Analysis and Evaluation Office of the Surgeon General (OTSG) 2013 – 2015 Commander (Chief Executive Officer), Walter Reed Army Institute of Research 2011 – 2013 Deputy Corps Chief (Chief Operating Officer), US Army Medical Corps 2009 – 2011 Commander (CEO), Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, TX EDUCATION 2005 Masters of National Security Strategy, National Defense University, Washington, DC 1988 – 1991 Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, DC 1987 – 1988 Transitional Internship, Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, GA 1987 Doctor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN 1983 Bachelors of Arts, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA


David DiGiacomo, Acting Deputy Network Director

David DiGiacomo | 562-628-7940

Acting Deputy Network Director

David DiGiacomo was appointed as the Acting VISN 22 Deputy Network Director (DND) effective March 11, 2024. In his new role, Mr. DiGiacomo will oversee Capital Assets, Supply Chain, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Law Enforcement and Prosthetics. Mr. David DiGiacomo is the current Associate Director at the VA Clarksburg Healthcare System in West Virginia. He assumed the role on December 19, 2021. Mr. DiGiacomo oversees management efforts for administrative and facility decisions to include budget formulation and execution, staffing, facility planning, patient care services, and physical security. Mr. DiGiacomo joined VA in 2000 as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT), where he served as the Respiratory Therapy Manager from September 2002 to June 2010. Previously, Mr. DiGiacomo served dual roles as the Compliance & Business Integrity Officer for both Butler VA Healthcare and the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. In these roles, he ensured business activities and health information practices were conducted as per laws, regulations, and industry standards. Prior to his current role, he served as the Associate Director at the Erie VA Medical Center from November 2016 to December 2021. Mr. DiGiacomo received his RRT from St. Francis School of Respiratory Care/Point Park College in Pittsburgh.


David Keele, Network Chief Financial Officer

David Keele | 562-826-5920

Network Chief Financial Officer

Currently serving as the Chief Financial Officer of the VA Medical Center in Long Beach, CA. Responsible for the full range of financial management services for a major VA Medical Center. Served as a Senior Accountant responsible for major functions of the accounting program for the Veterans Health Administration's VISN 22 Network of Medical Centers. School Director of a Marine Corps Formal School leading 132 faculty graduating 600 students annually with a focus on academic, technical, and personal excellence. Seven years experience leading organizations of up to 300 employees with operating budgets up to $600K and over $18 million in assets and facilities. Experienced financial analyst who developed the programming and budgeting (Program Objective Memorandum) for the annual $10-12 billion Marine Corps manpower account (60% of budget) in accordance with Defense Department Financial Management Regulations. Thorough knowledge of and experience with the Planning, Programming, and Budgeting Execution System (PPBES). Trained in Continuous Process Improvement (Lean Six Sigma). Licensed CPA.


Panneer Selvam, Chief Medical Officer

Panneer Selvam

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Ayyasamy Panneer Selvam was appointed as the VA Desert Pacific Health Care Network (VISN 22) Chief Medical Officer effective August 28, 2023. Prior to joining VISN 22, Dr. Ayyasamy Panneer Selvam, MD was the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for VA Heartland Network (VISN 15), a position he has held from April 2021 to August 2023. Prior to VISN 15 CMO, he served as the Chief of Staff at the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System, Prescott, AZ. Dr. Selvam earned a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from Stanley Medical College, Madras, India and a Doctor of Medicine from the Madras Medical College, Madras, India. He completed residency program in Internal Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1997. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He has over 25 years’ experience in clinical practice, clinical administration and teaching. Dr. Selvam has held leadership positions in the VA with extensive expertise at multiple levels of the organization including at the section, service chief, facility Executive Leadership and VISN Senior Executive Leadership level. He is a 2007 graduate of the VA Health Care Leadership Institute (HCLI). He then served as a coach for HCLI and as a mentor for Executive Career Field (ECF) candidates. Dr. Selvam has received many awards in his career to include: Distinguished Service Award from the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), Arizona Chapter; Staff Physician of the Year at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital, Columbia, MO; outstanding teaching awards including Excellence in Clinical Education and Student Teaching Award for Outstanding Clerkship Attending Physician, University of Missouri-Columbia.


Elizabeth Aubry , Deputy Chief Medical Officer

Elizabeth Aubry

Deputy Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Elizabeth Aubry was appointed as the VISN 22 Deputy Chief Medical Officer (DCMO) effective May 19, 2024. In her role, Dr. Aubry will oversee our Primary Care, Clinical Resource Hub, Specialty Care, Tele-Emergency Care, Telehealth services, Rehab & Extended Care and Women’s Health services. Dr. Elizabeth Aubry was previously the Chief of Staff for the VA Long Beach Healthcare System since November 2017 and is board certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Aubry obtained her BS in Biology from University of California Irvine and then graduated from University of Toledo Medical School in 2006. She began her medical career with the VA in 2009 after completing a residency in internal medicine while at University of Cincinnati. Dr. Aubry began working in Primary Care at the Cincinnati VA after completion of her residency and was full time in Primary Care from 8/2009-9/2014. She was also an associate professor at the University of Cincinnati Medical School. Dr. Aubry transferred to the Long Beach VA in September 2014 and became a Section Chief for Primary Care in July 2015. Since her transfer to Long Beach, she served as a PACT champion and as an associate professor for UCI Internal Medicine residency program. She has special interests in patient-centered care and process improvement.


Marla Weiss , Acting Chief Nurse Officer

Marla Weiss

Acting Chief Nurse Officer

Dr. Marla Weiss was appointed as the VISN 22 Acting Chief Nurse Officer effective April 22, 2024. In her role, Dr. Weiss oversees the Clinical Call Center, Clinical Resource Hub, Caregiver Support Program, Geriatrics and Extended Care, Mental Health, Community Care, Patient Bed Flow and Care Coordination, Sterile Processing Services, Social Work Services, and Health Promotion Disease Prevention. Dr. Weiss began her career with VA Long Beach Healthcare System (VALBHS) in 2005 as a Nurse Practitioner. Over the course of her nineteen years serving across VISN 22, she has served in leadership roles directing organized nursing practice, and executive management programs and operations as Deputy Associate Director for Patient Care Services and Acting Associate Director for Patient Care Services including-VA Long Beach Healthcare System, VA Greater Los Angeles, and most recently San Diego VA Healthcare System. These experiences have fostered a passion in patient-centered care, a culture of patient safety, and continuous process improvement to build a High-Reliability Organization. Dr. Weiss has an outstanding academic background that includes a Bachelor’s degree in Science Nursing from the California State University, Fullerton (2001), a Master of Science in Nursing from the Nurse Practitioner Program of the University of California at Los Angeles (2003), and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of San Diego, California (2013). Dr. Weiss has countless hands-on clinical and healthcare systems experience that allows to continuously serve as an advocate for Veterans and the Mission of improving access, and patient care outcomes.