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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island


Leadership Team

Susan MacKenzie, PhD, Medical Center Director

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, she 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 part of 2017 and 2018, she served as the Acting Director of the Bedford VA Medical Center, serving as the Acting Director of VA Maine Healthcare System and the Manchester VA Medical Center during 2012 and 2013, as well. A graduate of the 1999 Leadership VA Program, Dr. MacKenzie 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 a 35-year VA career, she also held several administrative appointments in the VA Boston Healthcare System, including Staff Assistant to the Medical Center Director, and Assistant Chief of Medical Administration.

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

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

Associate Director for Operations

Ms. Clare Sears was appointed Chief of the Social Work Service in October 2009 and Chief of Geriatrics and Extended Care (GEC) in January 2010. 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 the Providence VAMC in April 2001 as an emergency services clinical social worker. Since that time she has held various clinical and administrative roles within the facility in including Social Work Executive. Ms. Clare Sears earned the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She then earned the degree of Masters of Social Work (clinical concentration) at Boston College. Shortly after, Ms. Clare Sears earned the degree of Masters of Business Administration (management concentration) from Salve Regina University. She also serves as an Adjunct Faculty at Rhode Island College teaching in the Graduate Social Work Program. Ms. Clare Sears has been an active member of the Rhode Island Chapter of NASW, and in June 2008 was awarded with the RI-NASW Social Worker of the Year for Health/Mental Health Award.

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.