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 is the Associate Director for the San Francisco VA Health Care System (SFVAHCS), a position she has held since 2017. Prior to this role, she served as the Director of Ambulatory Care and VA’s first-ever Group Practice Manager, where she successfully integrated all aspects of Ambulatory Care into an Ambulatory Care Team Management structure, and she ensured a high-quality Veteran experience by acting on continued feedback from Veteran customers, families and significant others, engaged employees and expert clinical teams. Under her leadership, SFVAHCS’s Ambulatory Care programs were nationally recognized by the VA Diffusion of Excellence Hub, the MyVA Access VERC, and the VA Office of Rural Health. She served on national Group Practice Management work groups and was instrumental in working with the national team to develop, organize and roll out implementation off the GPM role and responsibilities.
She began her VA career in 2004 as the Administrative Officer for Mental Health Service, where she managed a yearly budget of $13 million and was responsible for clinical and research space planning and allocation totaling 52,000 square feet. From 2006 to 2015, she served as Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff and participated as an integral member of the leadership team in strategic planning and management of the clinical services. She directly managed the facility’s annual external professional contract budget totaling over $5 million and was instrumental in developing and maintaining a staffing/recruitment database for over 1,100 employees for the Office of the Chief of Staff.
Prior to joining the VA, Ms. Li has extensive experience in the private health care sector serving as Director of Operations in several Health Care Systems. She holds a BS 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, PMH | 415-750-2040
Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive, Nursing Service
Mary Ann Nihart is the Associate Director for Patient Care Services for the San Francisco VA Health Care System. 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 has been in private practice specializing in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in women and provides 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 our VANAP-GE OAA grant for the joint SFVA/UCSF PMHNP Training and Residency Program. She also holds a second Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology. Ms. Nihart was the recipient of the 2018 John D. Chase Award for Executive Excellence in Health Care.