Leadership Team - Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island


Leadership Team

Erin Clare Sears, MBA, MSW, Acting Director / Associate Director for Operations

Erin Clare Sears, MBA, MSW | 401-457-3041

Acting Director / Associate Director for Operations

Ms. Clare Sears has been serving as Acting Director of the Providence VAMC since November 2019. She was appointed Associate Director for Operations in April 2013 and has previously served as Acting Medical Center Director for the Providence VAMC from July 2017 to March 2018. Previously Ms. Clare Sears served as the Chief of the Social Work Service and Geriatrics and Extended Care from 2009. She began her career with the VA in Providence in May 1996, as a graduate social work intern in both primary care and mental health. After graduation, she worked at two community hospitals, and then returned to Providence VAMC in April 2001. Ms. Clare Sears holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Master’s of Social Work (clinical concentration) at Boston College, and a Master’s of Business Administration (management concentration) from Salve Regina University.

Satish Sharma, MD, Chief of Staff

Satish Sharma, MD | 401-457-3040

Chief of Staff

Satish Sharma, M.D., was appointed Chief of Staff of Providence VAMC in March 2015. Dr. Sharma has served the Veterans of New England for more than 35 years. He was appointed as the Chief of Cardiology at Providence VAMC in 1983 and has held positions of increasing responsibility, including Director of the Residency Program, Associate Chief of Medicine, Chief of Medicine, and VISN 1 Specialty and Acute Care Director. Dr. Sharma has received numerous honors and awards including the “VHA Healthcare Employee of the Year” award from the VFW in 2002 and Professional Employee of the Year, 2002, from the Rhode Island Federal Executive Council. In addition to his administrative activities, Dr. Sharma has been actively involved in patient care, teaching, and clinical research throughout his career. Dr. Sharma holds a faculty appointment at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University as Professor of Medicine.

Matthiew Goulet, Associate Director for Patient Care & Nurse Executive

Matthiew Goulet | 401-273-7100 Ext. 3564

Associate Director for Patient Care & Nurse Executive

Mr. Matt Goulet was appointed Associate Director for Patient Care / Nurse Executive (ADPC/NE) in October 2018. Prior to this appointment, he served as acting ADPC/NE, and prior to that was the Deputy Nurse Executive of the VA Boston Health Care System. Mr. Goulet graduated from Norwich University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and began his nursing career in the Army Nurse Corps at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He then worked briefly as a nurse in the private sector before beginning his VA career at the Providence VA Medical Center as an intensive care unit (ICU) nurse, advancing to nurse manager of the telemetry / stepdown unit. Mr. Goulet then transferred to VA Boston as nurse manager of a surgical / telemetry ward and was mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2007, serving at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in the surgical intensive care unit (SICU). He returned to VA Boston in 2008, and in 2012 became nurse manager of the SICU. In 2012, Mr. Goulet graduated from Norwich University with a Master of Science in Nursing. In 2014, he was selected as Associate Chief Nurse for Acute Inpatient Nursing and in 2017 was selected Deputy Nurse Executive, both at VA Boston. Mr. Goulet completed the VA Healthcare Leadership Development Program and is a board-certified nurse executive, and certified VA Coach and Mentor. He is a member of the Organization of Nurse Leaders, American Nurses Association, and the National Organization of VA Nurses.