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VA Sunshine Healthcare Network




 Paul Bockelman, Acting Network Director, VISN 8

Paul Bockelman
VISN 8 Acting Network Director

Mr. Paul Bockelman is the Acting Network Director for VISN 8, effective January 4, 2015.Most recently, Mr. Bockelman was serving as the Acting Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health, Administrative Operations. He was appointed Network Director of VA Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 11 by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on June 17, 2013. As Network Director, Mr. Bockelman had strategic planning and budgetary responsibility over seven healthcare facilities in the network, as well as authority and responsibility for meeting unique community needs. Prior to his appointment at VISN 11, Mr. Bockelman was the Medical Center Director of the VA Healthcare System in Marion, Ill., starting in July of 2010. The Marion VA Healthcare System provides care for 42,000 Veterans in IL, KY and IN. He completed his clinical training in Miami in 1980 and began his career with VA in 1981 as a kinesiotherapist. He also worked at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center from 1986 to 1990. He received his undergraduate degree in Education in 1980 from the University of Toledo and his Masters degree in Business Administration in 1998 from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.  He is a Fellow in the American College in Healthcare Executives.

Dr Zbogar 

Michela Zbogar, MD, MBA
VISN 8 Chief Medical Officer 

Dr. Michela Zbogar is responsible for the quality of the clinical programs within  VISN 8, focusing on the four missions of the VA: patient care, academics, research, and emergency preparedness. She also functions as the VISN 8 Academic Affiliation  Officer and Medical Director of the Telecare program. Dr. Zbogar came to VISN 8 from the Lebanon VA Medical Center, where she served as Chief of Staff. She also served as Chief of Medicine/Product Line Manager for Primary Care at the Erie VAMC and was key in their receiving the Carey Award for Health Care in 1993. She started her VA career in 1988 at the Bay Pines VAMC where she served as Section Chief for Internal Medicine. Dr. Zbogar is board certified in internal medicine, and completed a Master’s degree in business administration in 2000. She is a graduate of the Wayne State University College of Medicine, and completed her residency in the Medical Center hospitals in Detroit. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.  

David Whitmer

David L. Whitmer
VISN 8 Chief Operations Officer 

David L. Whitmer has been the VISN 8 Chief Operations Officer since May 2014. Mr. Whitmer’s previous position was working for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) serving as the Chief Operating Officer for the National Eye Institute (NEI) and as the principal advisor to the Director in all matters affecting human capital management and workforce planning; grants, contracts and procurement management; management analysis; information management, information technology, and information systems; technology transfer and development (including patents, employee inventions, and licenses); research space and facilities planning; and other general administrative support functions/activities. He previously held executive roles with the Division of Management Services, Center for Scientific Review (CSR) and as chief of the Management Policy and Administrative Services Branch of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Whitmer holds a master's degree in public administration and political science from the University of South Florida in Tampa.










About Us
VISN 8 - The VA Sunshine Healthcare Network

Executive Leadership 
Joleen Clark, FACHE, Deputy Network Director
Michela Zbogar, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer
Bay Pines VA Healthcare System Leadership
Miami VA Healthcare System Leadership
North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System Leadership
Orlando VA Healthcare System Leadership
James A. Haley Veterans Hospital and Clinics Leadership 
West Palm Beach VA Healthcare System Leadership
VA Caribbean Healthcare System Leadership