Francisco Vazquez, M.B.A., was appointed as Associate Director of the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) in March 2011. In this position, Mr. Vazquez, who has been with VA since 1995, serves as the facility’s chief operating officer charged with oversight of day-to-day operations and management of its $750 million annual budget.
Prior to his current position at the MEDVAMC, Mr. Vazquez served as the organization’s Assistant Director from 2007 to 2011, and Information Management Service Line Executive from 2003 to 2007.
Mr. Vazquez has more than 21 years of federal service with a wide variety of technical and progressive leadership experience. From 2001 to 2003, he served as the Vice President of Information Management at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Vazquez was the Chief Information Officer at the VA Medical Center in Sheridan, Wyoming, and from 1995 to 1999, the VistA System Manager at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System. From 1990 to 1995, he was a civilian employee of the U. S. Navy and held positions in computer and software engineering at the Naval Air Warfare Center (Avionics Division) in Indianapolis, Indiana.
A proud Navy Veteran, Mr. Vazquez served as a Surface Warfare Officer onboard the USS Okinawa (LPH3) in San Diego, California from 1986 to 1990. The USS Okinawa was the second Iwo Jima-class Amphibious Assault Ship (Helicopter) and the first ship in the U.S. Navy to bear this name. Mr. Vazquez’ military service continued with the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1991 to 1999.
A graduate of the Universidad Sagrado Corazon in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mr. Vazquez received a Master of Business Administration from Texas Woman’s University. He is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and resides in the Houston area with his wife and four children.