Leadership Team - VA Pacific Islands Health Care System
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VA Pacific Islands Health Care System


Leadership Team

Adam M. Robinson, Jr., MD, Director

Adam M. Robinson, Jr., MD


Dr. Adam M. Robinson, Jr., MD, MBA, FACS, FASCRS, CPE, was appointed Director of the VA Pacific Islands Health Care System effective August 15, 2020. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Director for the VA Maryland Health Care System. Dr. Robinson has over 30 years of experience as a senior leader in the United States Military Healthcare System, culminating in his selection as the 36th Surgeon General of the United States Navy. The Surgeon General is the Chief Executive Officer for Navy and Marine Corps healthcare systems and serves as the primary advisor on all health care issues and policies for the Secretary of the Navy, the Chief of Naval Operations and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. As the Surgeon General, Dr. Robinson served as the principle Tricare Health Plan representative for active duty Sailors and Marines, their families, and Navy and Marine Corps retirees and their families, numbering over 2.5 million people. Dr. Robinson led a team of 63,000 Navy Medicine personnel in over 220 healthcare facilities located worldwide with an annual budget of $3.5 billion. This included three tertiary care medical centers located in geographically diverse parts of the United States that provided the single largest source of residency trained healthcare providers for the Navy medical department. After retiring from the United States Navy as a Vice Admiral, Dr. Robinson served as the Medical Director and Staff Physician of Conmed Healthcare Management in Montgomery County, Maryland. Dr. Robinson received his Doctor of Medicine from Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana, and completed his Residency in General Surgery at the National Naval Medical Center and Fellowship in Colon-Rectal Surgery at the Carle Foundation Hospital and the University of Illinois School of Medicine in Urbana, Illinois. Dr. Robinson also has a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. The author of numerous publications, Dr. Robinson holds fellowships in the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery. He is a Certified Physician Executive from the American College of Physician Executives. Dr. Robinson’s personal decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (three awards), Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and various service and campaign awards.

Chandra S Lake MPA, Associate Director

Chandra S Lake MPA

Associate Director

Ms. Chandra Lake was appointed as the Associate Director for VA Pacific Islands Health Care System, in May 2018. Her responsibilities include executive oversight of operations and direction of resources, facilities management and engineering, health administration, safety and security, prosthetics, fiscal and supply chain management. Ms. Lake is a Pentad member, responsible for the delivery of health care and services to the health care system – overseeing a budget of $430 million and 1500 full-time employees. Prior to this she served as the Associate Director at the Sheridan VA Health Care System from July 2014-April 2018. She was the Strategic Planner for the VA Palo Alto Health Care System from 2012-2014. Her VA career began at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and she has served as a Facility Planner, Rural Health Coordinator and in other dynamic roles. Ms. Lake is a retired Air Force Veteran, with 26 years of distinguished service, where she held executive leadership positions within military hospitals, clinics and joint task force operations. She graduated magna cum laude from her undergraduate education at University of Washington and holds a master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from City University in Seattle, where she graduated with Presidential Honors. Ms. Lake is a graduate of the VA Health Care Leadership Development Program (HCLDP) and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

David M. Bernstein, M.D., Acting Chief of Staff

David M. Bernstein, M.D.

Acting Chief of Staff

Dr. Bernstein was appointed Acting Chief of Staff of the VA Pacific Islands Health Care System on January 4, 2021. He received his medical degree in 1987 from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine, and completed internship and residency in psychiatry at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine in 1991, and served as Chief Resident. He received Board Certification in Psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1993, and subspecialty certification and recertification in Geriatric Psychiatry in 1996 and 2006. Dr. Bernstein has been a psychiatrist at the VA Pacific Islands Health Care system since 1991 in a variety of roles, and has been Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health since 2001. He holds an academic appointment as Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry from the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. Dr. Bernstein has published in the area of cultural psychiatry.

Richard Girton, MD, Acting Deputy Chief of Staff

Richard Girton, MD

Acting Deputy Chief of Staff

Richard Girton, MD, was born and raised in Honolulu and is an internist and nephrologist who has been with VA Pacific Islands Healthcare System (VAPIHCS) since 2001. Dr. Girton received a bachelor’s degree in Physics at Grinnell College, his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine and Medicine and Nephrology training at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Dr. Girton has contributed to research in spinal cord injury, lipid biochemistry, and diabetes and received NIH and DoD grant funding to study renal glomerular injury and cardiovascular disease, respectively. He established one of the first Joint Venture Incentive Fund sponsored services, our dialysis program, at VAPIHCS in 2006, and continues as its Medical Director. Through his time at VAPIHCS, he served as Chair of the Research & Development Committee and participated in the creation of an initial iteration of our facility’s human subjects protection program, has been involved in performance improvement and has advocated for Evidence Based Practice, currently serving on the EBP Council. Just this last year, Dr. Girton completed VA’s AMIA 10x10 Informatics Certification Course in anticipation of our move to the new Cerner Electronic Health Record.

Kim Hall, MSN, RN, VHA-CM, Nurse Executive

Kim Hall, MSN, RN, VHA-CM

Nurse Executive

Ms. Kim Hall, MSN, RN, VHA-CM, was appointed Associate Director for Patient Care Services March 23rd 2020. Prior to this assignment she was the Deputy Nurse Executive (DNE)/ ADPCS in Northern California VA HCS. Ms. Hall received her Master of Science in Nursing from University of Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas. Her background includes, intensive care, emergency room and outpatient clinics, Deputy ADPCS and Chief Nurse of both inpatient, ambulatory OR and outpatient operations. She was also the VISN Lead for Primary Care Transformation, Health Promotion/Disease Prevention, and Veterans Health Education, and Patient Centered Care. She has extensive clinical background in ED, GEC, Post-Op Units, ICU and PACT Transformation. Her accomplishments include: induction into Sigma Theta Tau Delta Alpha Chapter, Nurse of the year, Sister Charles Marie Frank Student Leader, Directors Nursing Excellence nominee, she has publication of articles related to leading health care teams in interdisciplinary improvements, patient safety and operations of care delivery. Ms. Hall graduated from the Health Care Leadership Development program and received her mentoring certification at the Fellowship level.