Leadership Team - Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center
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Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center


Leadership Team

Barbara Forsha MSN, RN, ET, Interim Medical Center Director

Barbara Forsha MSN, RN, ET | 304-623-7602

Interim Medical Center Director

Ms. Barbara Forsha is the Deputy Director of the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System where she is responsible for numerous departments and oversees healthcare provided to 80,000 veterans in a two-campus facility. Her VA career began in March of 1998 as the Nurse Manger of three large outpatient clinics and the Emergency Department. She has held progressively responsible positions including the Director of Quality and Patient Safety; VISN 4 Quality Management Officer in VISN 4; and has assumed details as the Network Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Butler VA, Erie VA Medical Center, Pittsburgh VAMC, and Wilkes Barre VA Medical Center. Ms. Forsha has a Masters Degree in Critical Care Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is a graduate of the Healthcare Leadership Institute Members Only training and the Senior Executive Assessment Program.

Wesley Walls, Interim Associate Director

Wesley Walls | 304-623-7604

Interim Associate Director

Mr. Wesley Walls has served as the Chief, Public Affairs and Community Relations Service for the past three years and has been the facility Public Affairs Officer for 13 years. In his current role, he is responsible for all media and special event coordination for the medical center and four community based outpatient clinics. In addition, he is the facility Voluntary Service Officer and oversees Patient Advocacy/Congressional Relations. He has held various administrative positions with the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center since 1997. Mr. Walls received his Master’s degree in Corporate and Organizational Communication from West Virginia University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Fairmont State University. He is a VA nationally certified mentor and a 2018 Health Care Leadership Development Program graduate.

Gerson A. Teran, MD, Interim Chief of Staff

Gerson A. Teran, MD | 304-623-7606

Interim Chief of Staff

Dr. Gerson A. Teran completed his training in Internal Medicine at the Quillen College of Medicine - East Tennessee State University. After practicing as a Hospitalist at Mountain States Health Alliance, he moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, and began working at Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System with the academic hospitalist program. Later acting as Chief of Staff of Operations, he was responsible for starting the Direct Hospitalist Program. In 2017, Dr. Teran moved to North Chicago and began working at The Captain James A. Lovell Health Care Center, the first Federal Health Care Center, a partnership with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and the Department of Defense, a fully integrated facility at North Chicago, Great Lakes. He serves as Department Head of Transitional Medicine responsible for all acute Inpatient Services, Long Term Care, Intermediate, and Home Base Primary Care programs. He has served as the Acting Associate Director of Inpatient Services while supporting the merge of Nursing Executive Services. On September 1, 2020, Dr. Teran was detailed as VA Illiana Health Care System’s Chief of Staff. Dr. Teran is a Black Belt Lean 6-Sigma certified an is involved in the collaborative team effort to improve performance by systematically removing waste.

Brenda Shaffer DNP, RN-BC, NE-BC, Interim Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Brenda Shaffer DNP, RN-BC, NE-BC | 304-623-7608

Interim Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Dr. Brenda Shaffer is Associate Director Patient Care Services and Chief Nurse Executive at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. She leads all VAPHS nurses, chaplain services, community-based care services and sterile processing and distribution. Dr. Shaffer previously served as acting/interim Vice President of VAPHS’ Surgery Service; Associate Chief Nurse of numerous VAPHS service lines; and Associate Director for Patient Care Services and Chief Nurse Executive at VA facilities in Wilmington, Delaware, and Altoona, Pennsylvania.

Miranda Sandreth, Quality Management Officer

Miranda Sandreth | 304-623-3461 Ext. 3741

Quality Management Officer

Mrs. Miranda Sandreth was appointed as the Quality Management Officer at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center on June 25, 2017. She has held several nursing leadership positions both within the Veterans Health Administration and in private sector healthcare organizations.