Leadership Team - Carl Vinson VA Medical Center Dublin, Georgia
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Carl Vinson VA Medical Center Dublin, Georgia


Leadership Team

Ronnie Smith, Interim Medical Center Director

Ronnie Smith | 478-272-1210 Ext. 2901

Interim Medical Center Director

Ronnie Smith is the Interim Director for Carl Vinson VA Medical Center and was the Associate Director at the Ralph H Johnson VA Medical Center, joining their team in August 2019. His primary duty is overseeing the daily operations of the facility. Since joining the facility, he also served as Acting Director for 9 months. Mr. Smith was previously the Associate Director of the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS). He previously served as Acting Associate Director there since January 2016. Mr. Smith also served as Assistant Director of TVHS starting in November 2014. At TVHS, Mr. Smith oversaw Logistics, Fiscal, Engineering, the Business Office including Community Care, Privacy, Environmental Management, Voluntary, Police, Comp & Pen, and executive oversight of CBOC services. Mr. Smith served as the Health Systems Specialist to the Deputy Medical Center Director at the Portland VA Medical Center starting in 2010. The facility was awarded the VA Robert W. Carey Award for Excellence in 2013. During his time, Smith helped oversee the following services: Business Office, Finance, Facilities Management, Environmental Management, Quality and Performance, Human Resources, Voluntary Services, Logistics, Health Information Systems, and Purchased Care. Mr. Smith also served in roles as Acting Deputy Medical Center Director and Acting Assistant Director. Mr. Smith joined the VA at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia as a resident in the VA Graduate Healthcare Administrative Training Program. There he also served in roles as a Budget Analyst, Business Manager/Project Manager in Engineering, and Staff Assistant to the Director and Assistant Director. Mr. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management from the University of Alabama and Master’s Degrees in Business Administration and Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is married with two wonderful daughters.

Dr. John O'Brien, Chief of Staff

Dr. John O'Brien | 478-272-1210 Ext. 2903

Chief of Staff

Dr. John O'Brien began his role as Chief of Staff at Carl Vinson VAMC in Sept. 2019. He is from Missouri and a graduate of the University of Missouri Columbia) School of Medicine. After completing his Internal Medicine residency and Gastroenterology Fellowship, he accepted an Inflammatory Bowel Disease Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital followed by an appointment as a Medical Staff Fellow / Clinical Research Associate in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases branch at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. O'Brien accepted a full-time, tenure-track, position at Washington University School of Medicine / Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He was then recruited to Indiana University School of Medicine where he accepted his first administrative role as the Gastroenterology (GI) Fellowship Director. Then, Dr. O'Brien accepted a Chief of Gastroenterology & Hepatology at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine. He was selected as the next Director of the Endoscopy Lab and Division Chief of GI / Hepatology and Nutrition at Creighton University School of Medicine and became a Professor of Surgery with the department. Dr. O'Brien was recruited to Michigan as the Chair of the Department of Medicine at the Ascension Providence Hospitals overseeing more than 600 physicians. He also accepted an appointment as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University. Dr. O'Brien is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Fellow in the American College of Physicians, Fellow in the American College of Gastroenterology and was selected as the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of American (CCFA) Physician of the Year several years ago. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. Dr. O'Brien brings a wealth of experience in medical education, research, clinical medicine, and administration to the Carl Vinson VAMC.

Brandon S. Bentley, Associate Director

Brandon S. Bentley | 478-272-1210

Associate Director

Mr. Bentley is a retired U.S Naval Officer with 26 years of honorable service. He held several senior financial leaderships, management and, administrative positions, during his tenure in the Navy. Mr. Bentley has over eighteen years of VA experience in progressive roles in various VA medical centers and VA central office. He was recently detailed to serve as the Acting Deputy Medical Center Director for the Milwaukee VAMC. He was also detailed to the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare Systems as the Acting Chief Financial Officer. As the CFO in West Palm Beach, he had oversight of the annual operating budget, academic affiliation funding and special purpose dollars. He also assumed full responsibility and authority for the formulation, review and execution of financial plans for the operation of the medical center. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Saint Leo University and Masters of Arts Degree from Troy State University. He is married to the former Ms. Sylvia Z. Penny Feather and they are the proud parents of three young adults.

Pamela Jackson, DNP, RN, Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Pamela Jackson, DNP, RN | 478-277-2730

Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Dr. Pamela L. Jackson is the Associate Director of Patient Care Services at Carl Vinson Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Dublin, GA. The daughter of a Veteran and an Army Reserve Veteran herself, Dr. Jackson has over 30 years of nursing background with experience in nursing leadership/management (off-tour nursing supervisor), professional education, emergency medicine, psychiatric, ambulatory surgery, and home health care. She began her nursing career as a licensed practical nurse in 1987 and continued her educational pursuit until she obtained a terminal degree in 2014. She holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice-(DNP) in Administration with an Educator Concentration from Samford University, Birmingham, AL. Dr. Jackson has also obtained ANCC’s distinguished certification as an Advanced Nurse Executive. Her professional involvement at the national level includes her recent appointment to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) at the American Nurses Association. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Ryan J. Baker, MBA, ACHE, Assistant Director

Ryan J. Baker, MBA, ACHE | 478-272-1210

Assistant Director

Mr. Ryan Baker was appointed Assistant Medical Center Director, Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in May 2021. Mr. Baker oversees the following services: Supply Chain Management, Environmental Management, Food and Nutrition, Voluntary Service, Prosthetics, and Recreation Therapy Services. Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Baker served as the Associate Medical Center Director at the VA Roseburg Health Care System, from January 2018 to April 2021. Mr. Baker served at the VA Roseburg Health Care System Chief Financial Officer, from September 2014 to December 2017, where he managed the Fiscal Service and the Business Office. Before joining the Veterans HealthCare Administration, Mr. Baker was the Chief, Financial Plans & Process Improvement Branch of the Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base, where he implemented policies and procedures for accomplishment of the commands financial programs. Mr. Baker’s previous assignments also included the Chief, Stability Support Division at US Southern Command HQ in Miami, Florida; Budget Analyst for the Department of the Air Force at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia; and Budget Analyst for Air Force Research Lab, Space Vehicles Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico. Mr. Baker is a Veteran of the United States Air Force, and a graduate of Webster University, with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology from Louisiana Tech University, along with a Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Administration from Hawaii Pacific University.