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).

Kathryn Ryder, M.D., M.S., Chief of Staff

Kathryn Ryder, M.D., M.S.

Chief of Staff

Dr. Ryder was appointed Chief of Staff at the VA Pacific Islands Health Care System October 2019. She received her medical degree in 1992 from the Yale School of medicine, completed an internship and residency at Boston Medical Center, and served as Chief Resident. She received board certification in Medicine from the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1996 and was recertified in 2007. Prior to her medical degree, she earned a Bachelor's degree from Yale University and then a Master's Degree in Epidemiology from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in 2003. Her research publications are in osteoporosis. She received certification as a Patient Safety officer, participating in the Advanced Training Program in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement in Salt Lake City. Dr. Ryder worked at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center as an Associate Professor and joined the VA Memphis in 2006, where she taught hospital medicine and Patient Safety and Quality Improvement. She served as Deputy Chief of Medicine, then Acting Chief of Medicine at the VA Memphis. She became the Deputy Chief of Staff at the VA Memphis in 2012.

Scott Masters, MD, Deputy Chief of Staff

Scott Masters, MD

Deputy Chief of Staff

Scott Masters, MD, is a psychiatrist who has been with PIHCS since 2009. Dr. Masters received his medical degree and psychiatric training at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. He went on to complete a Fellowship in Public Psychiatry and Certification in Psychoanalysis in New York. Prior to his time with Veterans Administration, he did work on a schizophrenia research unit, a community health clinic in Washington Heights Manhattan and was residency training director at St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital until 2007. In his work with PIHCS, Dr. Masters has provided psychiatric services on all our islands in our region and from 2015 was appointed as Program Manager for Rural Mental Health. He is a graduate of VA VISN 21/22 Leadership Development Institute in 2016. He has been involved with system redesign for improved access for Veterans, expansion of Video on Demand across the facility, measure-based care, and other initiatives to improve care for Veterans and the experience of those who care for our Veterans.

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.