Leadership Team - Fayetteville VA Coastal Health Care System
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Fayetteville VA Coastal Health Care System


Leadership Team

Daniel L Ducker, Director, FNCVAMC

Daniel L Ducker | 910-488-2120

Director, FNCVAMC

Mr. Daniel L. Dücker became the Medical Center Director at Fayetteville, N.C. in June 2019. His responsibilities include leading operations of a health care system administering medical care and treatment to Veterans in 19 North Carolina counties. The care is delivered through a Medical Center in Fayetteville, Health Care Centers in Fayetteville and Wilmington, plus Community-Based Outpatient Clinics in Brunswick County, Goldsboro, Hamlet, Jacksonville, Robeson County and Sanford, along with a community-based chronic dialysis center in Fayetteville as well as the VA and DOD jointly operated, Fayetteville Rehabilitation Clinic that opened in May 2017. Prior to assuming his current position, he served short stints respectively as Acting Deputy Network Director for VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network (VISN 6) in Durham, N.C., from January to May 2019 and Interim Medical Center Director for VA Maine Health Care System in Togus, Maine, from September 2018 to December 2018. Mr. Dücker began his VA career in 2009 as the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, Fla. He also served successively as Acting Administrative Officer for the Mental Health Service, Administrative Officer for Compensation and Pensions, and Clinical Operations and Business Analyst/Group Practice Manager before accepting a position in July 2017 as the Associate Medical Center Director at the VA Maine Healthcare System. Before joining VA, Mr. Dücker served in the U.S. Army for more than 33 years, beginning his military service as a Patient Administrative Specialist in the Army National Guard before earning a commission as a Second Lieutenant in 1986 through the University of Northern Iowa’s (UNI) ROTC program. He retired in 2009 at the rank of Colonel. He holds a B.A. in Therapeutic Recreation from UNI, a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration at the Univ. of South Carolina and a M.A. in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

Michael W. Harper, Assistant Director, FNCVAMC

Michael W. Harper | 910-488-2120 Ext. 7685

Assistant Director, FNCVAMC

Michael W. Harper was appointed Assistant Medical Center Director January 6, 2019. He joined Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee in 2008. Where he served in the role of Chief of Business Office, Executive Assistant to the Medical Center Director, Administrative Officer for Ambulatory Care, Group Practice Manager, and Chief of Customer Service. He is a native Memphian. Prior to joining the VA, he served as Chairman of the Allied Health Programs at Remington College in Memphis Tennessee. He served in the United States Navy from May 1987 to August 2007 as a Hospital Corpsman, working as a Medical Section Department Head, Patient Administration Officer, Public Affairs Officer, Career Counselor, Senior Enlisted Advisor and Radiologic Technologist. Mr. Harper holds an Associate Degree in Radiologic Technology from the University of Phoenix, a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Management from Crichton College, a Master's Degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Christian Brothers University.

Dwight D.

Dwight D. "Dan" Fields | 910-488-2120 Ext. 7100

Associate Director of Operations

Mr. Dwight D. "Dan" Fields assumed the role of Associate Director of Operations, Fayetteville VA Coastal Health Care System, effective January 5, 2020. He brings 17-years of VA experience and 20-years of military service to the position. Mr. Fields was Fayetteville's Interim Associate Director from November 2018 to December 2019. From July 2018 to October 2018 he was the Acting Associate Director at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Prior to his appointment as Durham VA’s Assistant Director from December 2016 to January 2020, he served as the Chief of Care in the Community from March 2016 to December 2016, and Chief of Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Service from January 2014 to March 2016. As the Associate Director of Operations, Mr. Fields will be responsible for leadership and oversight of the following services: Engineering, Fiscal Management, Health Administration, Human Resources, Logistics, Environmental Management, and OI&T. He earned his Master of Health Administration at the University of Phoenix and Bachelor of Science in Criminology from the University of Florida. In addition, he holds a Federal Acquisition Certificate in Project and Program Management Fellow and is a VHA Certified Mentor. Mr. Fields served 20-years in the U.S. Army as an Infantry Officer. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, and Military Officers Association of America.

Jeffrey S Morgan, Chief of Staff/Chief, Surgical Service/Chief, Orthopedics

Jeffrey S Morgan | 910-475-6275

Chief of Staff/Chief, Surgical Service/Chief, Orthopedics

Dr. Jeffrey S. Morgan was appointed Chief of Staff for Fayetteville NC VA Coastal Health Care System effective February 2, 2020. Dr. Morgan joined VA in September 2017 as an Orthopedic Surgeon after retiring from the United States Army as a Colonel. Subsequently he has served as Chief of Orthopedics, Chief of Surgery, Deputy Chief of Surgery and Interim Deputy Chief of Staff. During his military career he served in a variety of leadership, medical and staff positions to include assignments as U.S. Army Special Operations Command Surgeon, Fort Bragg, N.C.; Deputy Commander for Clinical Services (Chief Medical Officer) for Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg; U.S. Army Special Operations Command THOR3 Program Director (Human Performance program) responsible for worldwide development and execution of the largest elite human performance and rehabilitation program in the world (over 28,000 Special Operations Forces soldiers), and Chief, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, Texas. Dr. Morgan is a graduate of West Point and the East Tennessee State University, James H. Quillen College of Medicine. He has a Master of Business Administration from Duke University, Fuqua School of Business with a concentration in Health Sector Management. Dr. Morgan is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

Debra Young, Associate Director, of Patient Care Services

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.

Harriet A Browning, Chief Nurse Ambulatory Services-Coastal Region/Telehealth

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

Chief Nurse Ambulatory Services-Coastal Region/Telehealth


Gary A Downing | 910-475-6495


Alvin Scroggins , CBOC Coordinator, FNCVAMC

Alvin Scroggins | 910-475-6804

CBOC Coordinator, FNCVAMC