Director, Durham VAMC
Ms. DeAnne Seekins was appointed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs as Medical Center Director for the Durham VA Medical Center (VAMC) on June 18, 2012. Ms. Seekins joined the Durham VAMC from Hampton VAMC where she served as Director from July 2009 – June 2012. Prior appointments include the Richmond VAMC, where she served as Associate Director from January 2007 – July 2009. During this period, she also served Veterans and the medical center as the Acting Director, July 2008 – February 2009.
As Medical Center Director, Ms. Seekins has strategic planning and budgetary responsibilities for an approximate $459 million operational budget, serving greater than 63,000 Veterans annually, which attributes to 604,000 outpatient visits and 7,300 inpatient admissions. Ms. Seekins is also responsible for ensuring high-quality care for all served, to include capacity of 271 inpatients, three community-based outpatient clinics and a health care center.
Ms. Seekins has been with the Department of Veterans Affairs since 1984. During her tenure, she has served in numerous capacities including Medical Administration Service, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service, Associate Chief of Staff for Ambulatory Care as the Administrative Officer, Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Staff, and as Executive Assistant to the Director. Ms. Seekins also served as a Health System Specialist for the VA Southeast Network 7 and on an extended detail at Veterans Affairs Central Office (VACO).
Ms. Seekins is an active member of the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE) and the Central Virginia Healthcare Executives Group. She holds academic affiliation as an adjunct faculty member with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in the Master in Health Administration program. Ms. Seekins has recently been featured in FedTech Magazine and Partners, a Press Ganey publication, for her work with the Electronic Health Record (EHR) and customer excellence.
Chief of Staff
John D. Shelburne, MD, PhD was appointed Chief of Staff of the Durham VA Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina on August 29, 1999. Native of Washington, DC, he received his MD and PhD degrees from Duke University. His residency training was at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Shelburne is a fellow of the College of American Pathologists and a member of numerous professional societies. He is an Emeritus Professor of Pathology at the Duke University Medical Center.
Sara Haigh was appointed Associate Director effective January 13, 2013. She previously served as Acting Associate Director since October 1, 2012 and before that was the Assistant Director from March 1, 2009. She has held the positions of Staff Assistant to the Director and Facility Planner, Durham VA Medical Center. Ms. Haigh has a BS in Nursing and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Delaware. Her VA career includes roles as Ambulatory Care Coordinator, Primary Care Coordinator, Quality Manager, and staff nurse.
NC Director's Office, Associate Director for Patient Care Service, DURVAMC
Dr. Greg Eagerton was appointed on April 7, 2013. He previously served as Associate Director for Patient/Nursing Service at the Birmingham VA Medical Center since April 2001. Dr. Eagerton received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing in June 1985.
He continued his education and received his Master’s of Science in Nursing Degree and certificate in Nursing Service Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in December 1991. Dr. Eagerton completed his Doctor of Nursing Practice at Samford University in May 2009. After completing his Master’s Degree, Dr. Eagerton worked in private sector for approximately two years and then returned to the VA. Dr. Eagerton served as the Associate Chief Nurse at the Cleveland Ohio VAMC for approximately 5 years and at the Richmond, Virginia VAMC for approximately 2 years before returning to Birmingham.
Assistant Director, DURVAMC
Stephen D. Black, M.S.P.T, was appointed Assistant Director of the Durham VA Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina on June 3, 2013. He received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Franklin College and an M.S.P.T. degree from the University of Indianapolis in Indiana. He previously served as the Acting Chief/Prosthetics, Rehabilitation Coordinator, Systems Redesign Coordinator and as the Ethics Consultation Coordinator at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Deputy Chief of Staff
Dr. Chad Kessler was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff, effective September 24, 2012. He also presently serves as the Chairman for the National Advisory Committee on VA Emergency Medicine. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Kessler served as the Emergency Medicine Section Chief at the Jesse Brown VAMC in Chicago, IL from September 2006 through August 2012. He completed his Masters degree in Health Professionals Education from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2011. He has held positions as the Associate Program Director, Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine Combined Residency Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine, and an Internal Medicine Attending Physician at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Kessler has a medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University and completed a Residency in Internal Medicine/Emergency Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is currently the Class President of the 2012 Leadership VA program, a graduate of the Executive Career Field program.