Vincent W. Ng was appointed to the position of Medical Center Director of VA Boston Healthcare System on May 13, 2013.
An accomplished healthcare executive, Mr. Ng has a long history of serving Veterans in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to his appointment as Acting Medical Center Director of VA Boston Healthcare System, Mr. Ng served as Medical Center Director for Providence VAMC since September of 2000.
Throughout his career, Mr. Ng has been recognized for demonstrating exceptional leadership, long-term strategic planning, financial and negotiating skills. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a graduate of Leadership VA, and has served on many Veterans Health Administration boards, committees, and special task forces, to include currently being a mentor in the VA Executive Career Field training program. He is currently a Board Member of the Ocean State Research Corporation, on the executive council of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island (HARI), a member of Brown Medical School hospital CEO (Chief Executive Officer) council, and former Chairperson of the Rhode Island Federal Executive Council.
Mr. Ng earned his BS degree in Environmental Health from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington in 1977, and a MBA in Health Care Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas in 1979. Mr. Ng received numerous awards in recognition for his leadership skills and community involvement; they include the Federal Executive Board’s Bud Gifford leadership award and the Providence Mayor’s citation for his community partnership. He also received the Rhode Island VFW 2010 Healthcare Employee of the Year award.
Chief of Staff
Dr. Charness earned his B.Sc. in Psychology from McGill University and his M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He served as resident in Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was resident and Chief Resident in Neurology and postdoctoral fellow in Neuroscience at the University of California, San Francisco. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Neurology.
Dr. Charness came to the VA as a staff neurologist in 1989 and served as Chief of Neurology at the Brockton-West-Roxbury VA and the VA Boston Healthcare System (1996-2003). He became Chief of Staff in 2003. He is Professor of Neurology and Faculty Associate Dean at Harvard Medical School and Assistant Dean at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Charness served as a member of the National Advisory Council of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism. He is a past president of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA).
He was awarded the Frank Seixas Award of RSA and a MERIT Award from NIAAA. He was a member and Chair of the Alcohol-Toxicology 3 Study Section, NIH and Chair of the Medical Advisory Council, Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation. His laboratory, with support from NIH and the VA, studies the mechanisms of alcohol toxicity in the nervous system and the development of drugs that block alcohol toxicity. He has cared for patients with neurological complications of alcoholism and peripheral nerve disorders throughout his career.
Associate Director Nursing & Patient Care Services
Mrs. McVey has held progressively responsible leadership positions within VA Nursing Service since beginning her career in 1972. In 1997 she was appointed as Chief, Nursing Service for the former Boston VA Medical Center. Upon the merger of that entity with the West Roxbury division in 1999, she was named Chief, Nursing Service for Integration and subsequently Associate Director for Nursing/Patient Services (ADN/PS) for Boston and West Roxbury. When the Brockton division was reintegrated in June 2000, Mrs. McVey was appointed to her current role of ADN/PS for the entire Boston Healthcare System. In this role, she is accountable for the delivery of nursing care throughout the BHS and the management of nearly 1000 employees at the three main divisions as well as satellite facilities. As a member of the BHS Leadership Quadrad, she contributes to policy development and decision-making and participates in strategic planning and resource management.
Mrs. McVey received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Boston College in 1972, completed a certificate program in Nursing Administration at Clark University in Worcester in 1986, and received her Master of Science in Health Administration from Clark in 1988. She has published several articles in professional journals, and remains certified in Nursing Administration by the American Nurses Association. Her professional memberships include Sigma Theta Tau (National Honor Society of Nursing), the American and Massachusetts Nurses Associations, the Boston College Nurses Association and the Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA), for which she is the National Past President 2008 - 2010.