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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Air Force Veteran Selected as New Deputy Director of VA Medical Center

August 8, 2011

Deputy Director Bayley 

HOUSTON – Air Force Veteran Bryan T. Bayley, M.H.A., F.A.C.H.E.-B.C. was recently selected as the new deputy director for the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC). In this new post, Bayley, who has been with VA since 2000, will serve as the chief operating officer for the organization.

"With his strong leadership skills and personal drive, Bryan has a proven track record of ensuring VA health care is more attentive to Veterans and their families; more performance-based and quality-driven; and better supported by medical education, research, and information systems," said Adam C. Walmus, M.H.A., M.A., F.A.C.H.E., MEDVAMC director.

Prior to joining the VA medical center in Houston, Bayley was the deputy network director of the South Central VA Health Care Network (VISN 16) and responsible for the daily operations of the Network. VISN 16 covers a vast area of 170,000 square miles, serving Veterans in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and parts of Texas, Missouri, Alabama, and Florida. More than 445,000 Veterans annually seek care from VISN 16's ten medical centers and 40 community based outpatient clinics.

Bayley has more than 35 years of federal service with a wide variety of progressive, demanding leadership experience. From 2004 to 2008, he served as the associate director of the Amarillo VA Health Care System in Texas. From 2002 to 2004, he was the chief information officer at the Kansas City VA Medical Center.  During that tenure, he spent approximately six months as acting associate director for operations. From 2000 to 2002, he was a supervisory computer specialist at the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix. 

From 1988 to 2000, Bayley was a civilian employee of the U. S. Air Force and held positions as supervisory computer specialist, chief of industrial engineering, and chief of engineering resources at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.  From 1976 until 1988, he served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force.

Bayley holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology and a master’s degree in Health Administration. He is board certified as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Proud of his military service and the long history of service to country in his family, Bayley is a Vietnam Era veteran with almost 13 years in the U.S. Air Force. His grandfather served in both World War I and World War II.  His father is a Korean War Marine Corps Veteran. The youngest of his three sons, Mark, has completed two combat tours in Iraq serving with the U.S. Army.

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Awarded re-designation for Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Services in 2008, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center serves as the primary health care provider for more than 120,000 veterans in southeast Texas. Veterans from around the country are referred to the MEDVAMC for specialized diagnostic care, radiation therapy, surgery, and medical treatment including cardiovascular surgery, gastrointestinal endoscopy, nuclear medicine, ophthalmology, and treatment of spinal cord injury and diseases. The MEDVAMC is home to a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinic; Network Polytrauma Center; an award-winning Cardiac and General Surgery Program; Liver Transplant Center; VA Epilepsy and Cancer Centers of Excellence; VA Substance Abuse Disorder Quality Enhancement Research Initiative; Health Services Research & Development Center of Excellence; VA Rehabilitation Research of Excellence focusing on mild to moderate traumatic brain injury; Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center; and one of the VA’s six Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Centers. Including the outpatient clinics in Beaumont, Conroe, Galveston, Houston, Lufkin, and Richmond, MEDVAMC outpatient clinics logged more than one million outpatient visits in fiscal year 2010. For the latest news releases and information about the MEDVAMC, visit