Maria Llorente, MD
Deputy to the Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Patient Care Services (12), Veterans Health Administration
Dr. Llorente oversees and coordinates the efforts of the following national program offices: Women’s Health Services, Care Management & Social Work Services, Physician Assistant Services, Pharmacy Benefits Management, Rehabilitation & Prosthetic Services and the newly consolidated Population Health Services, which includes Post Deployment Health, LGBT Health and the National Center for Health Promotion /Disease Prevention. She most recently served as the Acting ADUSH for PCS from March 2019 to August 2019 where she worked extensively with the Caregiver Program to establish an organizational vision of standardization, establish new program requirements and standard operating procedures and implement the changes on a national level to prepare for expansion of the program. As a VA clinician and geriatric psychiatrist, researcher and administrator, she has held increasingly complex healthcare leadership roles, and works effectively to overcome conflicts and gaps within her service lines by promoting interdisciplinary and collaborative work and processes. She has led or co-led several professional organization committees and most recently serves as the Co-Chair of the Council on Geriatric Psychiatry of the American Psychiatric Association. She has served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry and has been named among Best Doctors in America since 2001. She is currently a Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She has participated in numerous research studies including potential treatments for Alzheimers disease, examining models of mental health services delivery for geriatric patients, screening for substance use disorders among older adults and the long term impact of combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder.
Dr. Llorente is recognized as a leader in VHA, at the VISN level and among her academic professional peers. She is board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. She received her Medical Doctorate from the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida, and her Residency in Psychiatry at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Residency Training Program in Miami, Florida.