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Fayetteville VA Medical Center


Leadership Team

Portrait of James A Laterza

James A Laterza | 910-488-2120

Medical Center Director, FNCVAMC

James A. Laterza is a Veteran of the United States Army where he served 32 years, retiring at the rank of Colonel in November 2017. He grew up in Windham, NY and enlisted in the Army in 1983 at age 17. Later, he won a Reserve Officer Training Corps “Green to Gold” scholarship and was commissioned into the Army Medical Service Corps in 1989.

Mr. Laterza is a seasoned healthcare executive with over 20-years of experience in a myriad of hospital leadership roles. In his most recent assignment before retirement, he served as Commander/Director of Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) and its six clinics located in Germany, Belgium and Italy. Landstuhl serves 209,000 beneficiaries as the only Department of Defense Medical Center outside the United States. Previously he served as the Commander/Director of the U.S. Army Aeromedical Center, Fort Rucker, AL, the Chief of Staff of the Regional Medical Command Europe, Deputy Commander for Administration in multiple hospitals, and Chief Financial Officer.

While serving in the military Mr. Laterza earned numerous awards and decorations including three Legions of Merit. He also achieved esteemed membership in the Order of Military Medical Merit and Order of St. Michael for significant contributions to the Army Medical Department and Aviation community, respectively. A graduate of the Command and General Staff College, and the Defense Resource Management Institute, he earned the Parachutist and Expert Field Medical Badges.

Portrait of Gregory A Antoine

Gregory A Antoine | 910-488-2120 x7061

Chief of Staff

Dr. Gregory Antoine is the current Fayetteville VAMC Chief of Staff. He joined the VHA after spending 12 years as Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Boston University School of Medicine.
Dr. Antoine is a veteran of both the United States Navy and the United States Army retiring with the rank of Colonel from the Army. He holds an MD degree from The State University of New York at Buffalo. He earned an MBA from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and a Master’s degree in Project and Program management from Brandies University. He holds an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is a Fellow of the Executive Leadership Academy Center for Studies in Higher Education from UC Berkley and the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education. He is certified by both the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Plastic surgery.

Portrait of Debra Young

Debra Young | 910-488-2120 Ext 7063

Associate Director, of Patient Care Services

Debra A. Young was appointed Associate Director for Patient Care Services at the Fayetteville, North Carolina VA Medical Center effective May 1, 2016.
Ms. Young is a native of Danville, Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor of Nursing Degree from Northwestern State University and her Master’s Degree in Hospital Administration from Central Michigan University. She also holds Nurse Executive Certification (NE-BC) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Ms. Young joined the Veterans Administration in June 2007 and is a graduate of the VISN 16 Leadership Development Program. Over the years, she has held a variety of positions in nursing as a clinician, consultant, educator, and leader. Like nearly half of the Fayetteville VA staff, she is a Veteran, having served in the U.S. Army as an administrative specialist for 6.5 years.
Prior to her appointment as Associate Director, Patient Care Services, Ms. Young served as Interim Associate Director, Operations from November 2014 to May 2015 and Interim Associate Director, Patient Care Services from June 2015 to April 2016.

Portrait of Donna Fagan

Donna Fagan | 910-488-2120 x7100

Associate Director of Operations

Donna Fagan was appointed Associate Director of Operations, Fayetteville NC VA Medical Center, effective February 5, 2017.
Ms. Fagan is a Illinois native. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Healthcare Leadership with a minor in Business and her Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Lewis University, located in Romeoville, Illinois.
She joined the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in 1988, starting as a Medical Clerk at the Edward Hines (Hines, Illinois) VA Hospital and rising through the ranks to Chief, Patient Administration Service before leaving there in 2013.
Prior to her appointment as Associate Director of Operations, Ms. Fagan served as Chief, Health Administration Service, VA San Diego Health Care System, San Diego, California, from March 2013 through February 2017.

Portrait of Harriet A Browning

Harriet A Browning | 910-343-5300 Ext.3578

Chief Nurse Ambulatory Services-Coastal Region/Telehealth

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Gary A Downing | 910-475-6495


Portrait of Alvin Scroggins

Alvin Scroggins | 910-475-6804

CBOC Coordinator, FNCVAMC