Miami VA Healthcare System
Paul M. Russo, MHSA, FACHE, RD | 305-575-7000, ext. 3124
Mr. Russo was appointed Director of the Miami VA Healthcare System March 30, 2012. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Russo served as Director, W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, North Carolina.
Mr. Russo received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York College at Buffalo in 1982 in clinical nutrition. He obtained his Registered Dietitian (R.D.) status in October 1982. He began his VA career as a Staff Dietitian at the Buffalo VA Medical Center, eventually working his way to the Chief of the Integrated Nutrition and Food Service Department between Miami and West Palm Beach VA Healthcare Systems. He then served as the Assistant Director of the Miami VA Healthcare System prior to his appointment as Associate Director of the West Palm Beach VA Healthcare System from 1994 through 2010.
Mr. Russo is also a graduate of Leadership VA class of 1997 and a graduate of the Veterans Health Administration Executive Career Field class 2003. He is also a certified mentor at the fellow level and several of his mentees have progressed to senior executive positions within the Veterans Health Administration.
He received his master's degree in health systems administration at Rochester Institute of Technology in 2005 and is board certified as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a recipient of the Administrators Hands and Heart Award in 1985 and Secretary's Award for Dietitian of the Year in 1996. He is a senior member of the American Society for Quality and has maintained his registered dietitian status.
In 2006 he received the ACHE Regents Award for establishing the Treasure Coast Health Care Executive Network, a local chapter of ACHE. He served as President of the chapter from 2006-2008 and board member thereafter. In 2011 he received the ACHE Distinguished Service Award. He currently serves on the VHA Regents Advisory Board of ACHE.
Loyman R. Marin | 305-575-7000 ext 3203
Mr. Marin joined the Miami VA Healthcare system in 2005 and was appointed to the position of Associate Director of the Miami VA Healthcare System effective December 10, 2017.
Prior to this appointment, he served as Acting, Associate Director/Assistant Director and worked collaboratively with leadership and key staff to accomplish operational goals. He served as the chief of Human Resources at the Miami VA Healthcare System from 2012 to 2017 and elevated the quality and customer focus of the HR department.
Prior to joining VA, Mr. Marin served in the United States Marine Corps from 2001 to 2005. Mr. Marin is an authentic leader that actively encourages creative thinking, collaboration, and accountability in his leadership.
Mr. Marin obtained an MBA from Nova South Eastern University in 2008, completed a leadership program at Nova South Eastern University in 2014, attended the Authentic Leadership Executive training program at the Harvard Business School in 2016 and is currently attending The Harvard Business School (HBS) Executive Education, Managing Health Care Delivery Program, 2017-2018 class. He is passionate about serving our Veterans and is committed to the ICARE values (Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect & Excellence) to deliver world-class, customer-focused, Veteran-centered patient care.
Vincent DeGennaro, M.D. | 305-575-7000, ext. 3157
Chief of Staff
Dr. DeGennaro has helped make our community a better place in which to live, a safer place to grow and prosper. A gifted surgeon who possesses impeccable credentials and in an era of ever changing medical guidelines and procedures maintains a keen understanding of and a strong devotion to his profession.
A native of New Jersey, Dr. DeGennaro has been involved in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale community since 1987. He served on the Board of Directors of Leadership Broward Foundation, as Vice-Chair and Chairman of Youth Leadership Broward, and as a founding member of the Creative Arts Unit of the Boys and Girls Club. He has given his time to Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army Homeless Clinic.
Dr. DeGennaro is among the most respected surgeons in the community. He has been an integral part of the medical leadership at Holy Cross Hospital serving as Medical Staff President and on its Board of Trustees and has been President of the Broward County Medical Association and Chairman of its Board of Trustees.
Currently Dr. DeGennaro is Chairman of the Council on Education and Science of the Florida Medical Association as serves on its Board of Governors and as President Elect. He is a Voluntary Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Miami School Of Medicine and serves our Veterans as Assistant Chief of Surgical Services at the VA Medical Center in Miami.
He is an active volunteer and on the Board of Directors of Project Medishare for Haiti, traveling to Haiti on multiple occasions delivering medical and surgical care to the people of the impoverished rural central plateau and in Port Au Prince.
His activities have earned him the FMA's Harold F. Stasser Good Samaritan Award, the Humanitarian Award of the Caducean Society of Fort Lauderdale and the University of Miami Department of Surgery Humanitarian Award.
Marcia Lysaght, RN, MSN | 305-575-7000, ext. 4224
Associate Director, Patient Care Services
Mrs. Lysaght joined the VA system in 2003 and was appointed the Associate Director for Patient Care Services on April 12, 2010. Prior to assuming this position, Mrs. Lysaght served as the Director of Case Management & Utilization Management at the Culinary Health Fund and Director of Quality for the Health Services Coalition in Las Vegas which included 23 health plans encompassing 350 thousand lives. In addition, she previously held academic and leadership/administrative positions at the Loma Linda VAMC, Victor Valley California College, St. Jude California Medical Center, Santa Ana Western Medical Center, and the Desert Valley Hospital in California.
Mrs. Lysaght has an extensive background as a case manager, educator, quality management specialist, and administrator. She received her Bachelor's in Science from the California State University-Fullerton (CSUF), and her Master's in Science in Nursing with emphasis on Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Mrs. Lysaght was born in Trinidad and enjoys cultural festivities. She manages to effectively balance a successful and demanding nursing leadership position with work and family life. She is a wife, mother and grandmother.
Raquel Bulford-Frazier, MS, RD, LDN, FHC | 305-575-7000, ext. 3358
Ms. Bulford-Frazier has 22 years of Healthcare Management Experience and joined VA in 2010 where she was appointed Assistant Director of the Miami VA Healthcare System effective June 2018. Prior to this appointment she served as the Chief of Nutrition and Food Services both at the Miami VA and as part of an integrated system with the West Palm Beach VAMC.
She was selected for the 2015 “Federal Manager of the Year” Award by the South Florida Federal Executive Board. She is a 2015 VHA Health Care Leadership Development Program graduate, 2014 America College of Healthcare Executive Executive Leadership program graduate, 2012 VISN 8 Competency Development Leadership Program graduate.
She has held detailed positions in VISN 8 and VISN 16 as: Acting Medical Center Associate Director, Acting Medical Center Assistant Director, Patient Safety Health System Specialist and Acting Chief, Environmental Services. She is a certified VHA Mentor at the fellow level, Advisory Board Member for both the Keiser BS and MS Nutrition and Dietetics Programs, an active member of the VISN 8 Patient Centered Care – Veteran Experience Council, Chair of the Miami VA Veteran Experience Committee and serves on the VHA NFS Performance Standard Board for Dietitians.
She currently sits on the South Florida Federal Executive Board’s HR Diversity Council that coordinates the Federal interagency High Performance Leadership Program, The Federal Friends and Family Picnic and the Federal Executive Board QUAD Conference. She is a certified Presidential Fellow Assessor for the Office of Personnel Management and the past Charter President of the local South Florida Young Government Leaders Chapter.
Ms. Bulford-Frazier is a graduate from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, where she obtained her undergraduate and Master’s Degree in Food and Nutrition. She also has a Culinary Degree from the Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago, Illinois.