Leadership Team - Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System
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Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System


Leadership Team

Bryan C. Matthews, MBA, Medical Center Director

Bryan C. Matthews, MBA | 228-523-5766

Medical Center Director

Bryan C. Matthews, MBA, was appointed Medical Center Director for the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System on January 22, 2018. Prior to arriving in Biloxi, Mr. Matthews was the Director for Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville. Mr. Matthews prior experience includes serving as the Associate Medical Center Director for both the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, DC and the Associate Medical Center Director for the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Muskogee, Oklahoma. In this capacity, he served as the Chief Operating Officer charged with day-to-day operations and management of the annual budget, and a number of major medical center operations including Facilities and Environmental Management Services, Human Resource Management, Fiscal, Police and Logistics services to name a few. Mr. Matthews began his VA career at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit, MI, as the Chief of Supply, Processing and Distribution, and later as the Administrative Assistant to the Associate Director. He then transferred to the VA Maryland Healthcare System in Baltimore, MD, where he served as the Executive Assistant to the Associate Director. Prior to joining the Department of Veterans Affairs, he served in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and received his Masters of Business Administration degree in Healthcare Management from the University of Phoenix. He is also a graduate of the 2010 Executive Career Field Career Development Program.

Reginald Labossiere, MD, FACP, Chief of Staff

Reginald Labossiere, MD, FACP

Chief of Staff

Dr. Reginald Labossiere joined Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in January 2018 as the Medical Center Chief of Staff. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Labossiere was with New Orleans VAMC for 14 months where he served as Assistant Chief of Staff for Clinical Operations, a Nutrition Support Team physician and Acting Chief of Dermatology. He was at the Carl Vinson VAMC in Dublin, Georgia from December 2013 to November 2016 where he held several positions including Acting Chief of Staff, Deputy Chief of Staff, and Chief of Geriatrics and Extended Care. He also served as Acting Chief of staff in Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center from October 2016 to December 2016. Dr. Labossiere’s extensive VA career has taken him to Audie L. Murphy VA in San Antonio, Texas, Hines VA in Hines, Illinois, and Oklahoma VAMC in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Dr. Labossiere began his medical career at medical school at the Faculte de Medicine in Port-au-Prince, Haiti from October 1988 to October 1994. He completed residencies from October 1995 to June 2003 at University Hospital in Haiti, Metropolitan Medical Center in New York, New York, and Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida. He completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship and a Nutritional Clinical Fellowship at Columbia University in New York from June 2004 to June 2006 followed by a Geriatric Fellowship at Loyola University in Maywood, Illinois from August 2006 to August 2007. Dr. Labossiere academic appointments include Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tulane University , as well as former assistant professor positions at Loyola University, Oklahoma University and University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Mark C Saslo, Associate Director Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive

Mark C Saslo | 228-523-4679

Associate Director Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive

Dr. M. Christopher Saslo joined the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in July of 2014 as the Associate Director for Patient Care Services. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Saslo was with West Palm Beach VAMC for 18 years where he served as Chief Nurse for Clinical Practice since May 2009. Between May 1998 and May 2009, he was a practicing Adult Nurse Practitioner; and, from May 1996 to September 1998, he served as Primary Care Program Manager. Dr. Saslo has over 30 years of nursing experience with 20 of those years being with VHA. In 1984, Dr. Saslo began his nursing career as an Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). In 1990, he received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Marywood University, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, followed by his Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1995. He received his Doctor of Nursing Science from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, in 2007. Dr. Saslo is a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and has been recognized both at the Florida state and local Advanced Practice Nurses Association for his contributions to the profession. He has also worked at the local and national level in HIV and has held a position as the National VA Ethics Advisory Chair for the Clinical Case Registry research program. He is a graduate of the VHA Class of 2013 Health Care Leadership Development Program.

Alicia C Miller, Acting Associate Director for Outpatient Operations

Alicia C Miller | 850-912-2202

Acting Associate Director for Outpatient Operations

Ms. Miller has over 14 years of VHA experience. Prior to this appointment, she was a Senior Health Systems Specialist in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer in VISN 7. Ms. Miller started her VA career in the Graduate Health Administrative Trainee Program in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, followed by the Health Systems Management Trainee Program in VISN 18. She has also served as the Executive Assistant to the Medical Center Director in Augusta, Georgia; 10N Liaison in VA Central Office; Lead Consultant in the Office of Reporting, Analytics, Performance Improvement, and Deployment (RAPID); Operations Manager for Geriatrics and Extended Care and Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff in Wichita, Kansas; as well as Administrative Officer for Community Outpatient Clinics in Tucson, Arizona. Ms. Miller has held multiple leadership and program management roles. Her experiences include: program management and oversight of the VISN 7 SAIL program, My HealtheVet Program, Clinical Executive Training Program, Clinical Consultant Program, and Administrative Officer Academy. She has also served on the National VA-DOD Mental Health Workgroup and as a VA-DOD Liaison responsible for the management of an interagency sharing agreement and Joint Incentive Funds. Additionally, Ms. Miller has assisted with the implementation of Telehealth and Rural Health programs. She has also facilitated the building and management of Community Based Outpatient Clinics. Ms. Miller, a proud graduate of THE University of Oklahoma, holds a Bachelor of Science in Health and Sports Sciences, and a Master’s degree in Health Administration and Policy. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and a 2017 graduate of the VHA’s Health Care Leadership Development Program.

Don Pirraglia, Acting Deputy Chief of Staff

Don Pirraglia | 850-912-2202

Acting Deputy Chief of Staff

Dr. Pirraglia earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Wagner College in 1986. He went on to study at the New York Institute for Technology NYCOM Campus where he completed his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine in 1991. In 1992 Dr. Pirraglia completed his General Practice Internship at New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation Coney Island Hospital. He continued his training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Schneider Children’s Hospital where he graduated Pediatrics Residency in 1995. In 1997 he completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Long Island Jewish Medical Center where he also served as Chief Resident. Dr. Pirraglia came to the VA in 2015 bringing with him 28 years’ experience in executive medical leadership and clinical medicine. He has served as Chief of PMR, Chief Health Information Officer and chaired key committees in many large New York City medical centers. He has a skill set heavily leveraged in clinical care, Performance and Quality Improvement, Data Analytics, Clinical Informatics, Project Management, Operational efficiency, Medical Education and compliance. He is proud to be a member of the VA team whose collective goal is to provide excellent care to those who have served and sacrificed in the defense of our liberty, freedom and the Constitution of our great Nation.