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Erie VA Medical Center


Erie VA Medical Center Announces New Chief of Staff

April 7, 2015

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Honoring Service, Empowering Health

4/7/2015 (Erie, PA) – Erie VA Medical Center is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. David Lavin as the new Chief of Staff effective immediately.  Dr. Lavin will oversee management efforts for medical decisions made throughout the medical center and the five community based outpatient clinics. 

 “I’m very pleased to have Dr. Lavin step into the Chief of Staff position in the official capacity,” says David Cord, Erie VA Medical Center Director.  “His medical expertise, leadership, and sound clinical decisions make him an excellent fit for this position.  Dr. Lavin truly has a focus on patient-centered care and I look forward to continuing to work with him on behalf of Veterans we are honored to serve.”

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.