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Erie VA Medical Center


Leadership Team

Portrait of John A. Gennaro

John A. Gennaro | (814) 860-2576


Mr. John A. Gennaro was appointed as the director of the Erie VA Medical Center on June 20, 2016. Mr. Gennaro oversees delivery of health care to more than 21,000 Veterans, 715 employees, and an operating budget of $144M. Erie VA Medical Center is a complexity level three facility operating five community based outpatient clinics.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Gennaro served as the director of the Cincinnati VA Medical Center from July 2015 through May 2016 where he oversaw delivery of health care to more than 43,000 Veterans annually and an operating budget of over $420 million.

Mr. Gennaro has held many positions throughout his 15-years of service in the VA. He began his career with VA in the Research Foundation at the Cincinnati VAMC. He completed his administrative residency in 2001 at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC. Mr. Gennaro has also served as the Director at VA Butler Healthcare, Deputy Director at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, and Associate Director at the Erie VAMC.

Mr. Gennaro received his bachelor's degree in natural sciences and master's degrees in business administration and health care services administration from Xavier University. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has served on the Board of Director's for the Allegheny Valley YMCA and was the 2015 Vice Chair of the Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board. Mr. Gennaro was the recipient of Modern Healthcare's Up and Comer award in 2013.

Portrait of David M Lavin

David M Lavin | (814) 860-2581

Chief of Staff

Dr. David Lavin was named Chief of Staff in April 2015. Dr. Lavin oversees management efforts for medical decisions made throughout the medical center and the five community based outpatient clinics.

Dr. Lavin will be involved in budget formulation and execution, including workload planning, utilization management, recruitment of medical staff, accreditation and quality management activities, adherence to medical ethical standards, and clinical training programs.

In January, Dr. Lavin assumed the duties of Acting Chief of Staff. Prior to this role, he served as the Medical Director of Primary Care since April of 2007. He has been with the VA since June of 2001 where he joined the Erie VAMC team as a primary care physician, splitting his duties between outpatient clinic and hospitalist medicine. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Lavin received his Medical Degree from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA in 1978. He completed his medical training at Wilmington Medical Center, Wilmington, Delaware in 1981. His first attending position was as an Internal Medicine Physician at a private practice in Erie, PA from 1981-2001. Since assuming his post at the Erie VAMC, he has also served as an adjunct clinical faculty member for Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Portrait of Dorene M. Sommers, RN, BSN, MBA, VHA-CM

Dorene M. Sommers, RN, BSN, MBA, VHA-CM | (814) 860-2583

Associate Director, Patient Care Services

Ms. Dorene Sommers assumed the duties of Associate Director, Patient Care Services on May 22, 2011. As the Associate Director, Patient Care Services, Ms. Sommers joins the Medical Center Director in the overall management efforts with the responsibility for nursing and administrative duties delegated to her. She is involved in budget formulation and execution, including workload planning and utilization management; recruitment and retention of nursing staff; accreditation and quality management activities; and adherence to nursing practice and ethical standards. She is responsible for the nursing care provided throughout the medical center and in the associated Community Based Outpatient Clinics and she provides oversight for Nutrition and Food Services, Chaplain Services, and the Sterile Processing Services.

Ms. Sommers joined Erie VA Medical Center in January 2007 as the Associate Nurse Executive. Prior to that appointment, she was the Nurse Manager of the Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Virginia. In addition, she planned and implemented the opening of a Thoracic Surgery Care Unit. For several years she enjoyed working as a travelling nurse throughout the United States.

Ms. Sommers received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1997. Later, she earned a Master of Business Administration Degree from Averett University in Danville, Virginia. She is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, American College of Healthcare Executives, Nursing Organization of Veterans Affairs, and Sigma Theta Tau.

Portrait of David C DiGiacomo

David C DiGiacomo | 814-860-2568

Associate Director

Mr. David DiGiacomo assumed the duties of the Associate Director on November 27, 2016 where he oversees management efforts for administrative and facility decisions including budget formulation and execution; staffing; facility planning; patient care services; and physical security.

Previously, Mr. DiGiacomo served dual roles as the Compliance & Business Integrity Officer for both Butler VA Healthcare and the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. In these roles, he ensured that business activities and health information practices were conducted as per laws, regulations, and industry standards.

Mr. DiGiacomo joined VA in 2000 as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT), where he served as the Respiratory Therapy Manager from September 2002-June 2010.

Mr. DiGiacomo received his RRT from St. Francis School of Respiratory Care/Point Park College in Pittsburgh.