VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network
New Interim VISN 6 Director
The Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Operations and Management would like to welcome Dr. Mark Shelhorse, to the role of Acting Network Director, VISN 6, effective February 6, 2017. Doctor Mark Shelhorse was appointed Chief Medical Officer for the VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network (VISN 6) in 2000. Dr. Shelhorse has responsibility for all clinical work provided in the States of North Carolina and Virginia at 7 VA medical centers, 28 Community Based Outpatient Clinics, 4 health care centers, and 2 free-standing dialysis clinics.
Dr. Shelhorse joined VHA in 1981 as a resident in training, and post training joined the staff at the Tuscaloosa VAMC as a staff psychiatrist on an Acute Psychiatric Unit. During the next four years, he served as Research and Development Coordinator, lead physician on the Substance Abuse Care Unit, Electroconvulsive Therapy Consultant, and Consultation Liaison Psychiatrist.
Dr. Shelhorse left Tuscaloosa to become the Chief of Psychiatry at the Knoxville, Iowa VAMC in 1989, and subsequently became Chief of Staff there in 1991. In 1993, he was appointed Chief of Staff at Beckley VAMC, West Virginia. In April 1995 he became Chief of Staff at Hampton, Virginia VAMC and concomitantly served as the VISN 6 Service Line Manager for Mental Health. In 1998 he moved to the position of Executive Medical Director of Mental Health for VISN 7 and served the collateral role of Medical Director for Tuscaloosa VAMC. In 2000, he moved to the position of Deputy Network Director for Clinical/Chief Medical Officer for VISN 6 in Durham, North Carolina. From May of 2004 until May of 2006, Dr. Shelhorse served as Acting Deputy Chief Officer for the Office of Mental Health for Patient Care Services for VHA.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Shelhorse to our mission of serving Veterans in this important role.
VHA Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Operations and Management