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Charles George VA Medical Center - Asheville, NC


Leadership Team

Portrait of Carl Bazemore M.D.

Carl Bazemore M.D. | 828-298-7911 Ext. 5224

Interim Medical Center Director

Carl Bazemore is Interim Medical Center Director until the permanent position is filled.

Bazemore earned his undergraduate degree at Duke University and his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. He completed his internship studies at Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, Virgina.

Doctor Bazemore, a retired Navy Veteran, came to Asheville from the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. Before taking on the chief of staff position he was the chief of the Medical Intensive Care Unit at the CGVAMC.

Portrait of Robert Evans

Robert Evans | 828-298-7911, Ext. 5212

Associate Medical Center Director

As Associate Medical Center Director, Mr. Evans has direct oversight of ten areas including: Fiscal, Logistics, Hospital Administration, Facility Management, Human Resources, Nutrition & Food, Police, Safety, Prosthetics, and Veterans Experience. He also has indirect oversight of OI&T and Veterans Canteen Service.

Prior to selection as Associate Medical Center Director at Charles George VA Medical Center, Mr. Evans served as the Assistant Medical Center Director at the Atlanta VA Medical Center from February 2014-January 2017. During this period, Mr. Evans served two extended details as Acting Associate Medical Director both at the Atlanta VA Medical Center in Georgia and at the WJB Dorn VAMC, Columbia, South Carolina. Mr. Evans entered the VA May 2011at the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw, Michigan.

A Veteran with more than 25 distinguished years of service, he is a graduate of Bowdoin College (A.B.-1976), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.-1979), Candler School of Theology (Th.M.-1992), and the Naval War College (M.A.-2003). During his 25 plus year career in the United States Navy he held senior leadership positions within the Navy, Joint, and Combined Command structures with worldwide, national, and regional spans of command and control. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Afghanistan.

Portrait of Paul Riggs

Paul Riggs | (828) 298-7911 Ext.

Chief of Staff (Acting)

Dr. Riggs was appointed the Acting Chief of Staff at the Charles George VA Medical Center effective July 24, 2017. Dr. Riggs served as Chief of Primary Care at the Medical Center from February 2017 to July 2017; the Associate Chief of Primary Care from 2013 until February 2017; and a staff Primary Care physician from June 2004 to 2013. He was the initial PACT Clinical Physician Champion for the facility and the Director of the Opioid Safety Initiative from 2013 to 2016. He has continued to serve as the facility’s Director of the Veterans Integrated Pain Management (VIPM) program from January 2015 to the present and actively serves Veterans as a provider in the VIPM clinic.

As Acting Chief of Staff, Dr. Riggs is responsible for the direct supervision of 18 clinical services and providing support for an affiliated level one tertiary care medical center.

Dr. Riggs received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Houston in 1981. In 1985, he completed his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at the A.T. Still University of Health Sciences and is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Practice.

Portrait of David Przestrzelski, M.S., R.N.

David Przestrzelski, M.S., R.N. | (828) 298-7911 Ext. 5449

Associate Director Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive

David Przestrzelski, MS, RN, was appointed Associate Director, Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive at the Charles George VA Medical Center on Oct. 1, 2006 after serving as Chief, Nursing Service/Nurse Executive since February of 2003. He is responsible for nursing and support staff within the Nursing Service and coordinates clinical service delivery with the Chief of Staff in this complexity level 1C facility.

Prior to this assignment, he served 10 years at the VA Medical Center in Tucson as chief nurse executive and director of nursing education. He founded the Tucson Nurses Week Foundation, and helped lead the expansion of a VA city-wide internship program.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania College of Nursing (1975). After private sector clinical experience, he served as a lieutenant in the US Navy Nurse Corps (1977-1980) at the Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD; and Naval Hospital, Charleston, SC. After military service, he began his VA career as a critical care nurse at the North Chicago VA Medical Center. After completing his master of science degree in Nursing Administration at the University of Illinois College of Nursing in 1984, he served as nurse manager and associate chief, Nursing Service, in the 1,200-bed Edward J. Hines VA Hospital in Chicago. In 1988, he was appointed Senior Associate Chief Nurse at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center where he was clinical champion in design of a $94 million clinical addition. In 1992, he was appointed chief nurse executive at the Tucson VA Medical Center. He transferred to the Nurse Executive role at the Charles George VA Medical Center in 2003.

He is a graduate of the VA Health Care Leadership Institute and the Federal Executive Institute. He is the Nurse Executive Liaison for sterile processing and reusable medical equipment issues at the national level, a national leader in nurse staffing methodology and chairs the VISN 6 Pain Committee.