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Meet Our Leaders

The Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) leads the largest health professions education system in the United States. Learn more about our National Academic Affiliations Council.

Senior Leadership Team

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Marjorie A. Bowman, MD, MPA

Chief Academic Affiliations Officer

Marjorie A. Bowman, MD, MPA, is the Chief Academic Affiliations Officer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), where she oversees the largest health professions education program in the United States.

Certified in Family Medicine and in Preventive Medicine, Dr. Bowman’s first position was as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service. Her career has spanned four universities, as teacher, clinician, researcher and leader. Read Dr. Bowman’s full biography.

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Ezgi Tiryaki, MD, FAAN, ACC

Deputy Chief Academic Affiliations Officer

Ezgi Tiryaki, MD, FAAN, ACC, is the Deputy Chief Academic Affiliations Officer for the Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA).

Prior to joining OAA, Dr. Tiryaki was a Professor of Neurology and the Associate Chief of Staff for Education for the Minneapolis VA Health Care System (VAHCS), and the Network Academic Affiliations Officer for VISN 23.

Dr. Tiryaki joined the VA in 2014 due to her interest in actively shaping the learning environment within an integrated healthcare system and her desire to foster an interprofessional community of practice. Dr. Tiryaki’s leadership extends to managing people and operations, reflecting her extensive experience in the field. Over the past decade, Dr. Tiryaki has been a teacher and mentor across the entire continuum of medical education, from medical students to mid-career faculty. She has proven experience designing, implementing, and managing education programs in the healthcare setting. Read Dr. Tiryaki’s full biography.

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John M. Byrne, D.O., FACP

Senior Advisor

Dr. John Byrne, OAA’s Senior Advisor for the Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA), provides guidance on policy, regulatory and statutory issues. Prior to being named Acting Senior Advisor in 2023, Dr. Byrne served as the OAA Director of Medical and Dental Education since January 2021. Prior to 2021, Dr. Byrne served as the Designated Education Officer (DEO) at VA Loma Linda Healthcare System (LLVAHCS) for 22 years. Read Dr. Byrne’s full biography.