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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island


Leadership Team

Portrait of Susan MacKenzie, PhD

Susan MacKenzie, PhD | 401-457-3042

Medical Center Director

Susan A. MacKenzie, Ph.D., was appointed Director of the Providence Veteran Affairs Medical Center in October 2013.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. MacKenzie has served as the Deputy Medical Center Director of the Boston Healthcare System and the Deputy Network Director of the VA New England Healthcare System. During 2012 - 2013, she served as the Acting Director of VA Maine Healthcare System and the Manchester VA Medical Center. Dr. MacKenzie is a graduate of the 1999 Leadership VA Program. She is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of Women in Healthcare Management.

Dr. MacKenzie holds a Bachelor's degree in Health Science, a Master’s of Public Administration and a Doctorate in Health Policy, all from Northeastern University. During her 30-year VA career, she has also held a number of administrative appointments in VA Boston Healthcare System, including Staff Assistant to the Medical Center Director, Assistant Chief of Medical Administration Service, and Quality Management Coordinator for Accreditation.

Portrait of Erin Clare Sears, MBA, MSW

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

Associate Director for Operations

Ms. Clare Sears was appointed Associate Director for Operations of Providence VAMC in April 2013.

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. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Rhode Island College, teaching in the graduate social work program.

Portrait of Satish Sharma, MD

Satish Sharma, MD | 401-457-3040

Chief of Staff

Satish Sharma, M.D., VISN 1 Network Director for Medicine Service Line, was appointed Chief of Staff of Providence VAMC in March, 2015.

Dr. Sharma has served the Veterans of New England for over 30 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 of Brown University at the rank of Professor of Medicine.

Portrait of Matthiew Goulet

Matthiew Goulet | 401-273-7100x3564

Associate Director for Patient Care & Nurse Executive

Mr. Matthiew Goulet, MSN, RN, NE-BC, graduated from Norwich University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and began his nursing career as a Nurse Corps officer in the U.S. Army at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Following active duty, he briefly worked as a staff nurse in the private sector before beginning his VA career at the Providence VA Medical Center (PVAMC) as a staff nurse in the ICU. He spent two years at PVAMC where he advanced to nurse manager of the telemetry/stepdown unit and subsequently transferred to the VA Boston Healthcare System as the nurse manager of a surgical/telemetry ward.

In 2007, Mr. Goulet was mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and served at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as a staff nurse in the surgical intensive care unit (SICU). He returned to VA Boston in 2008 and in 2012 assumed the role of nurse manager of the SICU. In 2012, he graduated from Norwich University with a Master of Science degree in Nursing, with a focus on Nursing Administration. In 2014, he was selected as the Associate Chief Nurse for Acute Inpatient Nursing and in 2017 was selected as Deputy Nurse Executive, both at VA Boston.

Besides various military leadership training programs, Mr. Goulet has completed the VA Management Leadership Development Program and the VA Healthcare Leadership Development Program. He is a board-certified Nurse Executive, and a VA Coach and Mentor at the Fellow level. He is a member of the Organization of Nurse Executives, American Nurses Association and the National Organization of VA Nurses.