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VA Capitol Health Care Network


Leadership Team

Portrait of Joseph A. Williams, Jr., RN, BSN, MPM

Joseph A. Williams, Jr., RN, BSN, MPM | 410-691-1131

Network Director

Starting in January 2015, Joseph A. Williams, Jr., was assigned to VISN 5 as Acting Network Director. He was appointed to the position on a permanent basis in April 2016. In this role, he manages the integrated operations of seven medical centers, 27 outpatient clinics, five community living centers, and three community resource and referral centers staffed by over 9,800 health care professionals in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky.

In his former role, he served as the Special Assistant to the Medical Inspector for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (VHA), in Washington, DC.

His service with the Department of Veterans Affairs began in 1984. Among his progressively responsible positions in VA are: Assistant Deputy under Secretary for Health for Operations and Management, Assistant Chief Operating Officer, and Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Operations and Management, where he oversaw VHA's 21 Veterans Integrated Service Networks, which include 153 hospitals and more than 900 geographically separate outpatient clinics and mobile clinics.

From November 2001 to June 2006, he served as the Director of the Hampton VAMC, and the Acting Associate Director and Associate Director for Patient Care Services at the VA Pittsburgh Health Care System from July 1999 to January 2001.

He earned a Masters of Public Management/Management of Health Systems from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia.

He has achieved three post-graduate fellowships. Two from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania and one from Harvard University, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative.

Mr. Williams served as a non-commissioned officer in the United States Air Force and the Air National Guard. He received his commission in the U.S. Army Reser