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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 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 chairs the National Chief of Staff Advisory Council and is immediate past chair of the Chief Medical Officer Group Steering Committee of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Dr. Charness served as a member of the National Advisory Council of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), served as president of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA), and chaired the Alcohol-Toxicology 3 Study Section. 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 and the James H. Tharp 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 scientific board for the NIH-funded Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study. He has cared for patients with neurological complications of alcoholism throughout his ca

Portrait of Cecilia McVey, MHA, RN, FAAN

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

Associate Director Nursing & Patient Care Services

Cecilia McVey has held progressively responsible leadership positions with VA Nursing Service since beginning her professional career in 1972. Upon the merger of West Roxbury/Brockton VA with Boston VA, she was named Associate Director Nursing/Patient Care Services in 1999.

Ms. McVey received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Boston College School of Nursing in 1972 and completed a Certificate Program in Nursing Administration at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1986. She received her Master of Science in Health Administration from Clark University 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, The Mass. Association of Registered Nurses, The Organization of Nurse Leaders Massachusetts/Rhode/Island/Connecticut, past National President of the Nurses Organization of Veteran Affairs (NOVA), from 2008-2010. She was responsible for forming the Northeast Region VA Nursing Alliance (NERVANA) in 2009, an academic/practice partnership comprised of six schools of Nursing in the Boston area and the Boston and Bedford VAMCs. NERVANA was recognized in October 2014 as an “Exemplary Academic/Practice Partnership” by AACN and AONE and in 2017 received “The New Era” Award from AACN. She served as Co-Chair of the Mass. Action Coalition Committee on the Future of Nursing Core Competencies, whose purpose was to embed these competencies in every practice and academic setting in the State of Massachusetts. She served as a member of the CCNE Committee to revise the Nurse Residency Standards nationally as well as several of the academic partners’ Schools of Nursing Advisory Boards. Currently, she is the National Legislative Chair for NOVA. Ms. McVey was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in October 2017.

Portrait of Melissa Conway

Melissa Conway |

Assistant Director Jamaica Plain Campus

Melissa joined VA Boston Healthcare System in July 2008 as an Administrative Fellow in the Director's Office as part of the Graduate Healthcare Administration Training Program (GHATP).

After her one-year fellowship, Ms. Conway worked as the Health System Specialist for Radiology Service until 2016. For the past two years, Melissa has worked as the Health System Specialist to the Chief of Staff.

Ms. Conway obtained her undergraduate degree in Management from Bentley University and her Master's Degree in Public Health from Yale School of Public Health. She is a VHA certified mentor and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.