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Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center - Richmond, VA


Leadership Team

Portrait of J. Ronald Johnson

J. Ronald Johnson | 804-675-5500


J. Ronald Johnson, FACHE, was appointed Director of the Richmond VA Medical Center in March 2019. Mr. Johnson joined Richmond VA after serving as Director at Hampton VA Medical Center and as Director at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center prior to that. In addition, Mr. Johnson served as Interim Medical Center Director of VA Puget Sound from January 2017 until April 2017.

As a board-certified health care professional with more than 24 years of health administration experience, Mr. Johnson is responsible for leading a Level 1a health care organization with 349 operating beds, four community-based outpatient clinics, one of five polytrauma program within the VA system of care, and Richmond’s Epilepsy Center of Excellence. The system operates on approximately $750 million budget, has over 3,400 employees, and serves over 62,000 patients annually.

In addition to his experience leading complex medical facilities, Mr. Johnson also served in the role of Associate Director at VHA’s Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, Washington and Assistant Director of the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in Pensacola, Florida. Mr. Johnson brings with him extensive experience leading outpatient clinic operations, VA-DoD Collaboration Programs, and large Compensation and Pension (C&P) Programs. Mr. Johnson was awarded the Champion of TRICARE Award in 2007; the first VA employee bestowed such an honor. He graduated from both the Medical College of Virginia and the College of William and Mary. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and was the VA ACHE Regent’s 2006 Young Health Care Executive of the Year.

Portrait of James W Dudley

James W Dudley | 804-675-5501

Associate Director, RICVAMC

Mr. James W. Dudley, Jr., was appointed to the position of Associate Director on March 8, 2019. Prior to this position, Mr. Dudley served as the acting Associate Director since Oct. 29, 2018. He has served as the Chief Engineer at the McGuire VA Medical Center since February 4, 2007.

Mr. Dudley is responsible for the facility operation at McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia and four Community Based Outpatient Clinics. He also aides in Strategic Planning and capital improvements of the Medical Center. While at Richmond, Mr. Dudley has also served as Acting Police Chief.

Mr. Dudley has held positions at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and the Providence VA Medical Center prior to his arrival at Richmond. He is a graduate of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Portrait of Julie L. Beales, MD, MHA

Julie L. Beales, MD, MHA | 804-675-5511

Chief of Staff

Dr. Beales was appointed Richmond VA Medical Center’s Chief of Staff, January 27, 2013. Dr. Beales had served as the Interim Chief of Staff of the Richmond VAMC from December 2010 to January 2013. Prior to this role, Dr. Beales was appointed as the Associate Chief of Staff for Geriatrics & Extended Care (G&EC), in 2006 and continued to serve Veterans when she was appointed as Deputy Medical Center Chief of Staff, in October, 2009.

As Chief of Staff, Dr. Beales is responsible for the direct supervision of four Associate Chiefs of Staff, five service lines, and 19 clinical services, providing support for a highly affiliated level one tertiary care medical center.

Dr. Beales received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Richmond in 1983. In 1987, she completed a doctoral degree in Immunology followed by her Medical Doctor degree in 1996, both from the Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2002, Dr. Beales also completed a Master’s Degree in Health Administration.

Portrait of Sandeep D. Chhahira

Sandeep D. Chhahira | 804-675-5511

Deputy Chief of Staff

Dr. Sandeep D. Chhahira joined the leadership team at the Richmond VAMC in 2014 as Deputy Chief of Staff.

Dr. Chhahira graduated from Grant Medical College in Mumbai, India in 1991. He completed his Internal Medicine residency in 1995 at North Shore University Hospital in Forest Hills, NY. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Chhahira has had experience working in both private and public sector for the past two decades, and has used his diverse experience to implement positive changes in health care. He started by working in an underserved area in South Carolina in a multispecialty group until 1997 before moving to Kansas City, where he joined the only Hospitalist program in Kansas City at the time and also one of the few in the nation. With his leadership, the Hospitalist program grew exponentially in a matter of few years (1997-2003) and realized positive patient outcomes, significant decreased length of stays, and improved patient satisfaction.

In 2003, Dr. Chhahira started his VA career at Eastern Kansas VA Health Care System (Leavenworth and Topeka, KS). He spent the next 10 years working to improve health care delivery for 36,000 veterans receiving care at VA-EKHCS. He was appointed as the Clinical Assistant Professor at KU School of Medicine in 2003, and started his administrative career at the VA-EKHCS as Section Chief for Medicine in 2004, Associate Chief of Medicine in 2006, Chief of Medicine in 2008 and then Deputy Chief of Staff in 2010. Dr. Chhahira is a graduate of the Executive Career Field Program Class of 2010 and received the VHA System Redesign National Award for Access in 2010. In addition he has also served as Acting Chief Medical Officer for VISN 15 in 2012.

Portrait of Mark Zunk

Mark Zunk | 804-675-5000 ext. 2118

Associate Director for Patient Care Services

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Portrait of Natalie Maixner

Natalie Maixner | 804-675-5088

Assistant Director

Ms. Maixner was appointed to the position of Assistant Director of the McGuire VA Medical Center on May 13, 2018. Ms. Maixner previously served as the Administrator for the developing Fredericksburg Health Care Center. Prior to this, she held the role of Executive Assistant to the Director and Strategic Planner. Ms. Maixner worked as acting VISN 6 Strategic Planner, Administrative Officer for Primary Care and acting Practice Manager for the Charlottesville and Emporia Community-Based Outpatient Clinics. She began her VA career as an administrative resident.

As the Assistant Director, Ms. Maixner is responsible for providing oversight to the facility’s Veteran Canteen Service, Nutrition and Food Service, Prosthetics, Voluntary Service, Systems Redesign, McGuire’s Innovators Network and chairs the Organizational Health Council.

Ms. Maixner holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Master of Health Administration degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is active in the Central Virginia Healthcare Executives Group and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.