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Durham VA Health Care System


Leadership Team

Portrait of Joseph Edger

Joseph Edger |

Acting Director

Mr. Joseph P. Edger, FACHE, joined the Durham VA Health Care System as Interim Director on Monday, October 16, 2017. Prior to that Mr. Edger was appointed Deputy Network Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network (VISN) 6 in January 2016. In that role, Mr. Edger served as the Chief Operating Officer of Veterans Health Administration medical facilities in North Carolina and Virginia serving a population of more than 1.5 million Veterans. Mr. Edger’s duties and responsibilities included providing strategic leadership and direction to the administrative activities of VISN 6.

Mr. Edger previously served more than twenty years as a Medical Service Corps Officer in the United States Army. During his military tenure, he served in leadership roles in medical logistics, health facility planning, and health care administration both stateside and abroad. Mr. Edger’s military career culminated at Fort Benning, GA where he served as the Deputy Commander for Administration for Martin Army Hospital. Mr. Edger received his Bachelor of Science degree graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate of Mansfield University in 1995. In 2005, he received a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Baylor University. Mr. Edger is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Mr. Edger is a fourth generation Veteran of the U.S. Army Medical Regiment.

Portrait of Kenneth C. Goldberg, M.D.

Kenneth C. Goldberg, M.D. | (919) 286-6907

Chief of Staff

Kenneth C. Goldberg, MD, was appointed Chief of Staff of the Durham VA Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina on August 24, 2015. He received his MD degree from Medical College of Wisconsin. His residency training was at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Goldberg previously served as an Associate Dean for Veterans Affairs, University of Central Florida College of Medicine.

Portrait of Kevin Amick

Kevin Amick | 919-286-0411

Associate Director, Director's Office, DURVAMC

Mr. Kevin Amick was appointed as the Associate Director, Durham VA Health Care System on September 3, 2017. Prior to assuming this new role, he served as the Administrator for the Greenville Health Care Center. Mr. Amick was appointed as the Administrator for the Greenville Health Care Center in Greenville, North Carolina on March 20, 2016.

Mr. Amick is a Retired Navy Veteran of 21 years. He received a bachelor’s degree in Health Science from Old Dominion University in Norfolk Virginia and a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Human Resource Management, from Strayer University, Chesapeake, Virginia. Mr. Amick previously served as the Chief Logistics Officer, Acting Chief, Non-VA Care Coordination Service, and Acting Assistant Chief, Health Administration Service at the Hampton VA Medical Center in Virginia. He is also a recent graduate of the Health Care Leadership Development Program (HCLDP).

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Marri Fryar | 919.286.0411


Marri “Nicki” Fryar, MBA, MHA, BSN-RN, was detailed as the Acting Associate Director for Patient Care Service/Chief Nurse Executive at the Durham VA Health Care System effective October 2017. She was appointed as the Associate Chief Nurse Executive for Performance Improvement and Research in April 2016.

Mrs. Fryar received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from North Carolina Central University in May 1992. She continued her education and received her Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Health Administration from Pfeiffer University in August 2007. Mrs. Fryar is a VHA certified mentor and serves as a mentor for new Nurse Leaders.

Mrs. Fryar leadership style is one that encourages full participation by staff, leaders, labor partners and community stakeholders. Her passion for Veteran’s healthcare is demonstrated through her dedication to her patient, their families, and to those who serve them.

Mrs. Fryar has been employed as a nurse in the VA for greater than 28 years. After serving in the roles as a critical care nurse and nurse educator, she began her career in leadership in 2002 at the Durham VAHCS.

Portrait of Dan Fields

Dan Fields | 919-286-0411

Assistant Director, Director's Office, DURVAMC

Mr. Dan Fields assumed the position of Assistant Director of the Durham VA Health Care System in April 2017. Prior to his position as Assistant Director, Mr. Fields served as the Chief of Care in the Community Department from March – December 2016, and the Chief of Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Service from January 2014 - March 2016.

Mr. Fields earned his Master of Health Administration at the University of Phoenix and Bachelor of Science in Criminology from the University of Florida. In addition, he is a Federal Acquisition and Certificate in Project and Program Management Fellow and VHA Certified Mentor.

Mr. Fields served 20 years in the U.S. Army as an Infantry Officer. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, and Military Officers Association of America.