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Durham VA Health Care System


Leadership Team

Portrait of Paul Crews

Paul Crews |


Paul S. Crews, MPH, CPHQ, FACHE, was appointed Director of Durham VA Health Care System effective March 19, 2018. In this role, Mr. Crews will oversee delivery of healthcare to nearly 70,000 Veterans at 10 sites of care across eastern and central N.C. with an operating budget of $750 million.

Before joining the DVAHCS team, Mr. Crews served as Interim Director of the VA Western New York Healthcare System since October 2017. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Director of the San Francisco VA Health Care System overseeing non-clinical operations from June 2016 – October 2017 and Associate Director from January 2016 – June 2016. He previously served as the Associate Director of the Tennessee Valley VA Health Care System (TVHS) in Nashville, Tennessee. Before that, he served as the Chief of Quality, Safety, and Value at TVHS for over four years.

Prior to joining the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Mr. Crews was Associate Administrator for the Riverside Health System's Tappahannock Hospital in Virginia, Vice President of the Virginia Rural Health Association, and served as the Chair of the State's Rural Health Workgroup on Quality. Mr. Crews has over 28 years of healthcare experience which includes rural emergency medical services, hospital emergency medicine, military medicine with both the Navy and Army, rural community health planning, rural health policy analysis, healthcare quality and patient safety, and healthcare administration.

Mr. Crews earned his Bachelor of Healthcare Administration degree from Texas State University and received his Master of Public Health in Management and Policy from the School of Public Health at Texas A&M University. Mr. Crews served seven years in the United States Navy. He is a member of the National Association for Healthcare Quality and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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).

Portrait of Marri Fryar

Marri Fryar | 919.286.0411

Acting, Chief Nurse Executive

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.