Leadership Team - Veteran Health Indiana
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Leadership Team

J. Brian Hancock, Medical Center Director

J. Brian Hancock | 317-988-2206

Medical Center Director

Dr. J. Brian Hancock was appointed Director of the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on May 1, 2016. In this role, Dr. Hancock is responsible for operations and planning for this Level 1A health system. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Hancock served as the interim Chief of Staff for the New Mexico Health Care System and was the Chief Medical Officer for the former VISN 11 from 2013 to 2016. Dr. Hancock started his VA career in 2009 as Chief of Staff at the Fargo VA Health Care System. Dr. Hancock’s previous positions include 3 years as the Chief Medical Officer for Sterling Healthcare and 25 years as an Emergency Physician and Faculty at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Saginaw, MI. Dr. Hancock held the rank of Clinical Professor of Medicine at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine and assisted in the initiation of the Emergency Medicine Residency at Synergy Medical Alliance in Saginaw. Dr. Hancock has served as President of the Michigan College of Emergency Physicians, Emergency Medical Services Medical Director for Saginaw Cty, & Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Saginaw General Hospital. He was elected President of the American College of Emergency Physicians in 2003, and has travelled and lectured nationally and internationally on health care policy and Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hancock received his medical training at Rush University in Chicago, Illinois and completed residency training in General Surgery and Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine, is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Dr. Hancock is a graduate of the Health Care Leadership Institute, the Federal Executive Institute, and the Senior Executive Fellowship Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Gov

Laura E. Ruzick, Associate Director

Laura E. Ruzick | 317-988-2207

Associate Director

Ms. Ruzick has joined the Indianapolis Executive Leadership Team as the Associate Director from her last assignment as the Associate Director, Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center in Columbus, OH. Her operations there served 41,000 Veterans with an operating budget of $222M. Highlights of Ms. Ruzick’ s tenure include building a Specialty Care addition and Front Entrance; establishing Behavioral Health and parking leases; enhancing the Environment of Care processes to better support facility safety; successfully establishing a land use agreement with Dept. of the Army and establishing an Administrative Executive Board to monitor operational functions. In 2015, Ms. Ruzick was detailed to the Level 1b Cincinnati VAMC as Acting Associate Director where she directed cost saving measures and workload capture initiatives to more accurately reflect the workload of the facility. Prior to that, Ms. Ruzick was a Health Systems Specialist in the VISN 10 Office in Cincinnati. Her contributions included enhancements in Interfacility Transfers, establishment of VISN-wide Integrated Ethics Program education, expansion of Telehealth initiatives, administrative support of the national Healthcare Quality and Value Committee of NLC, and special projects for the Network Director. She began her VA career in 2004 at the Hines VAMC as a nurse manager where she held leadership roles in developing clinical protocols, nursing competencies and led initiatives in discharge planning. Ms. Ruzick has been involved in VISN and national initiatives in patient flow and led the Leadership and Communication workgroup of the National Veteran Access and Flow Task Force. A registered nurse by trade, Ms. Ruzick received her BS from Xavier University, a BS in Nursing from Lewis University in Illinois and a MBA from Lewis University. She is a 2010 graduate of the Executive Career Field Development Program, a Certified Mentor and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Imtiaz Munshi, Chief of Staff

Imtiaz Munshi | 317-988-2160

Chief of Staff

Dr. Munshi was appointed as Chief of Staff Dec. 2017. Dr. Munshi graduated from the 7 year BA-MD program sponsored by Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He completed his BA in 1987 graduating in 3 years, Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Chemistry and elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi Honor Societies. Dr. Munshi completed his Doctor of Medicine degree at the State University of New York in 1991; graduating Summa Cum Laude with Distinction in Research and Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his MBA degree at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2006. Dr. Munshi completed his residency in General Surgery at New York Hospital-Cornell and Sloan Kettering in 1996. He went on to complete a Fellowship in Critical Care and Trauma at the Univ. of Miami, Jackson Memorial. Dr. Munshi has served as an academic general and trauma surgeon at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Baystate Medical Center and SUNY Upstate Medical Center from 1998 to 2006. In 2006, Dr. Munshi was recruited to the Dept of Surgery at the IU School of Medicine. Here he holds the academic rank of Professor of Clinical Surgery and serves as an Attending Surgeon at the VA Medical Center. At the VA, Dr. Munshi is the Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and the Chief of General Surgery. At IU he is a member of the IU School of Medicine’s Admissions Committee and the Executive Committee for Admissions. Dr. Munshi has taught many students and surgical residents. He has been actively engaged as principal investigator and co-investigator on numerous clinical and industry related research projects and has over 50 publications in peer reviewed medical and surgical journals along with an assortment of other publications. Dr. Munshi has served as an Executive Councilor for the Indiana Chapter of the American College of Surgeons from 2007 to 2014 and is an active member of the Association of VA Surgeons.

Christie Artuso, Associate Director/PCS

Christie Artuso | 317-988-3102

Associate Director/PCS

Christie Artuso, Ed.D., RN, CNRN, SCRN, FAHA, FACHE has 38 years of educational and leadership experience in community and university-affiliated hospitals. She holds a master’s degree in nursing education and a doctorate in healthcare education. Christie is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and a recognized expert in critical care, cardiovascular and neuroscience clinical and nursing services. She holds several faculty appointments and teaches in graduate nursing and healthcare administration programs. Her professional activities include serving as a Director at Large for both the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Cathy G. Lee-Sellers, Assistant Medical Center Director

Cathy G. Lee-Sellers | 317-988-2207

Assistant Medical Center Director

Mrs. Lee-Sellers joined the Indianapolis VA Medical Center as the Assistant Director in January 2012 bringing many years of clinical and administrative expertise. Most recently, she served as the Acting Director, Office of Specialty Care Transformation, standing-up a new T21 department that transforms Specialty Care to a patient-centric system in which the Veteran is the driver of health care delivery. She developed the strategic plan that defines and facilitates Specialty Care Services programs interface with Primary Care and the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) to ensure the delivery of services across VHA and Veterans Administration (VA) are coordinated, timely, accessible, and high quality Prior to that, Mrs. Lee-Sellers was the Chief Recreation Therapy Service at the Northport VA Medical Center, providing leadership and administration for Recreation Therapy at the medical center, outpatient clinics, home based primary care and in the community. Because of her expertise, she was often called upon to serve as the Acting Associate Director, participating as a full member of the Senior Management Team. Mrs. Lee-Sellers has been active in Minority Veterans Programs, serving as a coordinator while Chief Recreation Therapy. She has also been active with EEO programs, serving as an EEO Counselor as well as a Program Manager for EEO programs. Mrs. Lee-Sellers has a Bachelor of Science from Virginia Commonwealth University majoring in Recreation for Special Populations and Therapeutic Recreation. She has attained a Minor in Psychology. She is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). Mrs. Lee-Sellers is a 2008 graduate of Executive Career Field Candidate Development Program and a 2006 graduate of Leadership VA. Mrs. Lee-Sellers has received numerous awards for leadership and innovation and has served on many committees, review teams and advisory groups.

Helen Fosmire, Deputy Chief of Staff

Helen Fosmire | 317-988-3011

Deputy Chief of Staff

Dr. Helen Fosmire was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff on October 1, 2018. She started her VA career as Chief of the Radiation Oncology Service in 2011. Dr. Fosmire received her MD from The University of Oregon Health Sciences Center and completed her residency in Radiation Oncology at The University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. She subsequently served on faculty at the University of Arizona Department of Radiation Oncology before moving to private practice as Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, Mississippi and returning to academic medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine in 2009. She is board certified in Radiation Oncology. Dr. Fosmire has Black Belt Certification in Lean Six Sigma. She has won the Indiana University School of Medicine Trustee Teaching Award and the Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology Educator of the Year Award. She has 45 publications; including the first report of the use of Stereotactic Body Radiosurgery. Dr. Fosmire has chaired the VA National Radiation Oncology Palliative Care Task Force, the VISN 11 Clinical High Cost Acquisition Committee, the Roudebush VA Tumor Conference, the Roudebush VA Radiation Safety Committee, and the Roudebush VA Cancer Committee. She led VA Surgical and Specialty Collaborative Teams focusing and Head and Neck Cancer and Medical Oncology flow. Dr. Fosmire has received the Leadership Award of the American Cancer Society and the Outstanding Achievement Award of the American Cancer Society.

Marshall Jones, Interim Deputy Chief of Staff

Marshall Jones | 317-988-2160

Interim Deputy Chief of Staff