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White River Junction VA Medical Center, Vermont


Leadership Team

Portrait of Deborah Amdur

Deborah Amdur | 802-295-9363


Ms. Amdur was appointed Medical Center Director of the White River Junction VA Medical Center in December of 2012. Prior to coming to WRJ, Ms. Amdur was Chief Consultant for Care Management and Social Work Service with overall responsibility for five national programs in the Department of Veterans Affairs: National Social Work, Caregiver Support, Family Hospitality, Post Deployment Care Management, and the VA Liaison Program.

Ms. Amdur started her career as a social work intern at the St. Louis VA Medical Center over 20 years ago. She has held progressive leadership positions including Deputy Director for Health, Federal Recovery Coordination Program, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs at VA Central Office in Washington D.C. and Assistant Director at the Washington D.C. VAMC. She also served as Chief of Social Work at the Ann Arbor and D.C. VAMCs and the Director of Home Based Primary Care at the Durham VA. In her recent role as Chief Consultant, Care Management and Social Work Service, Ms. Amdur was instrumental in the development and implementation of VA's national caregiver support program.

Ms. Amdur holds a Master of Social Work from Washington University, St. Louis and a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University.

Portrait of Ben Davidson

Ben Davidson | 802.295.9363 ext. 5410

Acting Associate Director

Ben Davidson began his career with the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2009 at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, Augusta, Georgia, as a Fellow in the Graduate Healthcare Administration Training Program (GHATP). While in the program, he was able to have daily interaction with VHA Healthcare administrators and support professionals while developing his healthcare management knowledge. While at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center he also served as the Administrative Officer for Primary Care and was responsible for all non-clinical functions of the department.
Mr. Davidson transitioned to VA Central Office, Washington D.C. in May 2012. There he worked in the Care Giver Support program and was responsible for the implementation and execution of a $300 million dollar budget.

Since working at Central Office, Mr. Davidson has served as the Executive Assistant to the Medical Center Director at both the Tomah VA Medical Center, and most recently the Kansas City VA Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

Mr. Davidson received his Bachelor of Science degree from Coker College, Hartsville, South Carolina. He then went on to obtain his Master of Healthcare Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina.
Mr. Davidson is currently serving as Acting Associate Medical Center Director at the White River Junction VA Medical Center, White River Junction, VT. At White River Junction VA Medical Center, Mr. Davidson will oversee the administrative services of the Medial Center to include Finance Service, Business Office operations, Facilities Management Services, Logistics, Pharmacy and Transportation.

Portrait of M. Ganga Hematillake

M. Ganga Hematillake | 802-295-9363 ext 5420

Chief of Staff

Dr. M. Ganga Hematillake began his duties at White River Junction VA Medical Center on March 24, 2014. Prior to his appointment at White River Junction VA he worked as a physician executive within the VA system. He was appointed as the Chief of Staff of the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in October 2011. Dr. Hematillake started his 14 year VA career as a Community Based Primary Care physician in Idaho. He has a broad range of experience in clinical care for Veterans, research and health care administration.

Dr. Hematillake is a Board Certified Physician in Internal Medicine, graduate of the St. George's University School of Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He also holds two masters degrees in the areas of Biology and Pharmacy from Idaho State University School of Graduate Studies and Research.

Portrait of Laura F. Miraldi, RN, MSN

Laura F. Miraldi, RN, MSN | 802-296-5127

Associate Director for Nursing/Patient Care Services

Laura Fisher Miraldi began her duties as the Associate Director for Nursing and Patient Care Services, White River Junction VAMC in June of 2010. Ms. Miraldi obtained her Master of Science degree in nursing from the University of Vermont and her undergraduate degree from City University of New York-Hunter College. She served as the Administrative Officer for Research & Development and the Executive Director of the Collaborative Medical Research Corporation (a VA research & education not-for-profit foundation) from 1997 to 2008. Her previous professional roles have included Research Nurse Coordinator, ICU Nurse Manager and extensive experience at the NY Regional Burn Center of Cornell Medical Center, New York. Ms. Miraldi successfully completed VA's Healthcare Leadership Institute and graduated from the Executive Career Field development program in 2009. She is a member of the Vermont Organization of Nurse Leaders, the Nurses Organization of VA (NOVA), the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.