Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center Welcomes New Chief Of Staff

Photo of Dr. Oladipo Kukoyi, the new Chief of Staff at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia (Courtesy: Veterans Administration)
Photo of Dr. Oladipo Kukoyi, the new Chief of Staff at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia (Courtesy: Veterans Administration)

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center (CNVAMC) has announced the appointment of Dr. Oladipo Kukoyi as the new Chief of Staff for the facility, located in Augusta, Georgia

Oladipo Kukoyi MD, MS, joined the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center (CNVAMC), Augusta, Georgia in July 2014 as the Deputy Chief of Staff. He has been appointed as the Chief of Staff effective July 26, 2015. Since April 6, 2015, he has been the Acting Chief of Staff. Prior to joining CNVAMC, he was the Chief of Mental Health at the Dorn VAMC in Columbia, SC from January 2013-June 2014.

“Dr. Kukoyi has a proven record of exceptional leadership within the Department of Veterans Affairs, and I am glad to welcome him in his new role,” said CNVAMC Director, Ms. Maria Andrews.

While at Dorn VAMC, he served in multiple roles within the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN 7), which provided him broad exposure to increasing areas of clinical and administrative responsibilities. He served in acting roles as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief of Staff of Dorn VAMC, as well as Chief of Primary Care, while continuing his day job as Chief of Mental Health. He also served as the acting VISN 7 Chief Mental Health Officer, responsible for mental health policies and procedures across the eight VA hospitals in Georgia, South Carolina School of Medicine and Alabama. Prior to moving to VISN 7, he was the Medical Director of Inpatient Psychiatry at the Sacramento VA Medical Center in California from September 2007-January 2013.

Dr. Kukoyi is board certified in Psychiatry and Family Medicine. He holds academic appointments at University of South Carolina and Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has expertise in psychosomatic medicine and in treating a wide array of psychiatric conditions and has a research interest in the interface between psychiatric and medical conditions. He is extensively published in this field.

Dr. Kukoyi has a Masters in Clinical Investigation and has pursued research in the neuropsychiatry of epilepsy. He has been recognized for his teaching and mentoring excellence of trainees. He is also a 2012 graduate of the VA Health Care Leadership Development Program (HCLDP) and is a VHA Certified Mentor.

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