San Francisco VA Health Care System
Bonnie S. Graham, MBA | 415-750-2047
Bonnie S. Graham was appointed Director of the San Francisco VA Health Care System in August 2013. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Graham served as Deputy Director for the Veterans Health Administration Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation. In that role, she was responsible for Patient Centered Care national operations, strategy and roll-out of this new program to create innovative programs and tools focused on providing personalized, proactive, patient-driven health care. Since joining the VA in 2004, Ms. Graham has held progressively responsible leadership positions, including Associate Director at the VA Pittsburgh Health Care System, a three-hospital division academic medical center, and the leader of the VA Secretary’s T21 initiative of “Enhancing the Veteran Experience and Access to Healthcare.” Prior to her VA experience, Ms. Graham held several high-level executive positions in the private sector, including Vice President for Medical Group Operations at Lovelace Health Systems, Inc. in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Vice President for Medical Services at The Rehabilitation Center of Greater Waterbury in Waterbury, Connecticut; and Executive Director of the Center for Nutrition and Rehabilitation, P.C. in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Jia F. Li, MBA | 415-750-2042
Jia F. Li was named the Associate Director of the San Francisco VA Health Care System (SFVAHCS) in 2017. Ms. Li has been with the SFVAHCS since 2004. During that time, she has provided administrative leadership and oversight to many areas of the Health Care System, first in the Mental Health service and then in the Office of the Chief of Staff. Prior to becoming Associate Director, she served as the Director of Ambulatory Care from July 2016 through October 2017. As Director of Ambulatory Care, Ms. Li oversaw a wide range of clinical and administrative Ambulatory Care staff and implemented several programs that have improved Veterans' access to VA healthcare. Under her leadership, SFVAHCS Ambulatory Care programs have been nationally recognized by the VA Diffusion of Excellence Hub, the MyVA Access VERC, and the VA Office of Rural Health. Prior to her VA experience, Jia worked for five years in health care management in the private sector.
Ms. Li holds a bachelor’s degree in Physiology from the University of California, Davis; and an MBA from San Francisco State University.
Bruce Ovbiagele, MD, MSc, MAS, MBA | 415-750-2047
Chief of Staff
Bruce Ovbiagele, MD, MSc, MAS, MBA, joined the San Francisco VA Health Care System as Chief of Staff on Aug. 9, 2018. Dr. Ovbiagele arrived from the Medical University of South Carolina, where he most recently served as professor and chairman of the Neurology Department. He is a clinical epidemiologist and global health scholar, with a focus on reducing the burden of stroke. He maintains several National Institutes of Health-funded research programs focused on improving outcomes for those with, or at risk for, stroke, and in 2008, his work was recognized by the American Academy of Neurology with the Michael Pessin Stroke Research Leadership Award. He has published over 440 peer-reviewed articles and edited four textbooks.
Dr. Ovbiagele is an elected fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London), American Academy of Neurology, American Neurological Association, American Association for Physician Leadership, and European Stroke Organization, as well as an AAMC Council of Deans Fellow. He is a member of the NINDS Advisory Council, NIH Council of Councils, and FDA Peripheral and Central Nervous System Drugs Advisory Committee.
Upon his arrival to SFVAHCS, Dr. Ovbiagele was appointed as Associate Dean at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine and will serve as the liaison between SFVAHCS and UCSF overseeing the teaching of medical students and residents, and supporting the acquisition of new knowledge through the clinical and basic research conducted by UCSF faculty.
Dr. Ovbiagele earned his M.D. from the University of Lagos, Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSc) from UCLA; Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) from UC San Diego, MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and an Executive Certificate in Public Leadership from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Mary Ann Nihart, MA, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PM | 415-750-2040
Associate Director for Patient Care/Nursing Service
Mary Ann Nihart was appointed the Associate Director for Patient Care Services for the San Francisco VA Health Care System (SFVAHCS) in 2018. Since receiving her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Iowa, Ms. Nihart has been involved in outreach services, provided clinical supervision in a crisis intervention program and developed training programs for nursing staff in acute hospital settings. Ms. Nihart had been in private practice specializing in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in women and provided ongoing consultation for a variety of outpatient, residential, and hospital settings. In 2010, Ms. Nihart joined the San Francisco VA Health Care System, managing nursing staff in nine outpatient programs, later becoming Chief Nurse for Mental Health, Critical Care Services and the Cath Lab. In 2014, Mary Ann became the Clinical Director Chief Nurse for Ambulatory Care-CBOCs and Telephone Linked Care and co-wrote SFVAHCS’s VANAP-GE OAA grant for the joint SFVA/UCSF PMHNP Training and Residency Program. She also holds a second master’s degree in Clinical Psychology.