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VA Boston Healthcare System


Leadership Team

Portrait of Vincent Ng

Vincent Ng | 857-203-6000


Vincent W. Ng was officially appointed VA Boston Healthcare System Director on September 8, 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 VA Boston Healthcare System Director, Mr. Ng served as Medical Center Director for Providence VAMC since September of 2000. His previous appointments included Director of Central Plains Health Network (VISN 14), Lincoln, Nebraska, and Director of VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Newington VA Medical Center. He also served as Associate Director at Philadelphia and Lebanon VA Medical Centers. 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 Boston Veterans Affairs Research Institute, on the executive council of the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals, and a member of the Boston Federal Executive Association.

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 community partnership. He also received the Rhode Island Veterans of Foreign War Healthcare Employee of the Year award. Mr. Ng was also recently featured in Trinity Alumni Magazine.

Portrait of Michael E. Charness, M.D.

Michael E. Charness, M.D. | 857-203-6011

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 UCSF. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Neurology.

Dr. Charness came to 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 Professor of Neurology and Associate Dean at Boston University School of Medicine. He serves on the National Chief of Staff Advisory Committee and is chair of the Chief Medical Officer Group Steering Committee of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Dr. Charness served as president of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) and as a member of the National Advisory Council of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). He was awarded the Frank Seixas Award of RSA, a MERIT Award from NIAAA, the Excellence Award from NOFAS, the Henry Rosett Award from the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Study Group of RSA, the Mark Keller Honorary Lecture Award from NIAAA, and the R. Brinkley Smithers Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Society of Addiction Medicine. His laboratory, with support from NIH and VA, studies the mechanisms of alcohol toxicity in the nervous system and the development of drugs that block alcohol toxicity. He is scientific director of the NIAAA-funded Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and chairs the external advisory board for the NIH-funded Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study. He has cared for patients with neurological complications of alcoholism and peripheral nerve disorders throughout his career.

Portrait of Cecilia McVey, MHA, RN, FAAN

Cecilia McVey, MHA, RN, FAAN | 857-203-5118

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.