Douglas Walsh, M.D., M.S.

Douglas Walsh, M.D., M.S.


As the Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development (ACOS/R) at Syracuse VA Medical Center, Dr. Walsh is responsible for the development and oversight of the research program supporting Veterans and their families. Dr. Walsh came to the Syracuse VAMC in 2013 as chief of dermatology. He is a 23-year veteran of the US Army, where he held the positions of director of the Army’s malaria clinical research units in Bangkok, Thailand for 10 years, and in western Kenya for 3 years. He brings an abundance of bench, pre-clinical and clinical research experience to the VA. As ACOS/R, Dr. Walsh continues to see dermatology patients.

S. Asif Ali, M.D. - Chief of Staff

S. Asif Ali, M.D.


Chief of Staff

Dr. Ali was selected as the Chief of Staff for the Syracuse Veterans Affairs Medical Center on July 12, 2015. Dr. Ali obtained his medical degree in 1996 from the Aga Khan University Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. From there he went on to complete an Internal Medicine Residency and Chief Residency program at Case Western Reserve University St. Vincent's/St. Luke's Medical Center in 2001. Subsequently, Dr. Ali worked as a hospital employed primary care physician in Cleveland, Ohio from 2002 to 2006. Dr. Ali joined the Syracuse Veterans Affairs Medical Center in November 2006 as an Academic Internal Medicine Physician. He served as the Medical Staff President from April 2012 to July 2015. Dr. Ali also holds a position of a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

George W. Chapman

George W. Chapman


George is a native of CNY. He attended Christian Brothers Academy High School and Syracuse University where he received his bachelor’s degree in History and his M.B.A. in Finance. While attending SU, George was captain of the rowing team.

George has been involved in the healthcare industry for most of his career. He completed his management internship at the Syracuse VA. Since then, he has held senior executive positions with two community health centers and two teaching hospitals. He started healthcare consulting in 1995.

George has been a CNYRC board member since 2010 and is currently the treasurer. He is also first VP on the board of P.E.A.C.E which is a CNY community action agency. He is past president of the NYS Ambulatory Care Association, and served on the boards of the Central NY Health System Agency and the Dewitt Town Library.

Judy Hayman, Ph.D.

Judy Hayman, Ph.D.

Medical Center Director

Judy Hayman, Ph.D., was appointed Medical Center Director at Syracuse VA Medical Center on December 8, 2017. Dr. Hayman has direct responsibility for the successful administration of the Medical Center's total financial and personnel resources (an operating budget of $302 million and 1700 FTE) and the coordination of these resources to meet the health care needs of more than 150,000 Veterans in Central NY.

Dr. Hayman was appointed Associate Medical Center Director in 2012 where she was responsible for day-to-day management of facility operations, resource management and working collaboratively with staff to improve overall quality, Veteran satisfaction and access.

Previously, Dr. Hayman served as the Behavioral Health Care Line Manager beginning in January 2008 and as the Psychologist in the Polytrauma Program beginning in July 2006. She is a member of the Central New York Psychological Association where she served on the board for many years and was President in 2010.

Dr. Hayman is a graduate of the 2011 Health Care Leadership Development Program. She successfully completed the Network Executive Health Care Institute in 2009. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, completed her internship at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York, and a one-year fellowship program in Rehabilitation Medicine and Neuropsychology at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

Nick Armstrong, MPA, Ph.D.

Nick Armstrong, MPA, Ph.D.

Dr. Nick Armstrong is senior director for research and policy at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University. He also serves as an adjunct professor in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs’ Department of Public Administration and International Affairs.

As principal of the IVMF research mission area and member of the Institute’s senior leadership team, Armstrong guides the Institute’s overall efforts to conduct, facilitate, and disseminate research that informs and empowers stakeholder decision-making on veterans- and military family-related policies and programs.

Before joining the IVMF, Dr. Armstrong was a research fellow with the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT), an interdisciplinary center co-sponsored by Syracuse University’s College of Law and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Armstrong was also an affiliated non-resident fellow with the US Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute at the US Army War College (2010-2012).

A US Army veteran, Armstrong served for seven years (2000-2007) as a commissioned field artillery officer, including nearly three years deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Bosnia. Armstrong held several leadership and staff positions at the platoon, battery, and battalion levels. He also served as speechwriter to the 10th Mountain Division commanding general and, previously, aide-de-camp to the division’s deputy commanding general. Armstrong’s military awards and decorations include two Bronze Star Medals, Air Assault Badge, Parachutist Badge, Combat Action Badge, and the Ranger Tab.

Armstrong is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point (B.S.) and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University (M.P.A., Ph.D.). His avocational pursuits include volunteering on the local leadership team of Team Red, White, and Blue, a non-profit organization that enriches veterans’ lives through physical and social activity.

Michael Cynamon, M.D.

Michael Cynamon, M.D.

Michael Cynamon, M.D., Infectious Disease Physician at the Syracuse VA Medical Center and Professor of Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University has directed his research laboratory since 1979. He completed medical school at Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine followed by an infectious diseases fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO. His research focuses on antibacterial chemotherapy particularly the therapy of mycobacterial infections using in vitro susceptibility studies and evaluation of compounds in mouse models of tuberculosis.

Paul Dougherty, DC, DABCO

Paul Dougherty, DC, DABCO

Paul is a 1990 graduate of Logan College of Chiropractic. He was in private practice for 12 years in Upstate NY. During that time, Paul practiced in an interdisciplinary practice setting and was one of the first chiropractors in New York State to receive hospital privileges. In 2003 he left private practice to direct the New York Chiropractic College’s clinic at the Monroe Community Hospital, a university affiliated teaching nursing home. In 2005 Paul joined the Veteran Affairs Hospital in Canandaigua NY.

He has continued to actively participate in patient care and clinical research. He has completed two federally funded randomized controlled trials and has published numerous manuscripts.

He is currently the chair of the Syracuse VA Medical Center Institutional Review Board (IRB) and is Chair of the Pain Oversight Committee at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center.

Paul’s main area of interest in research is the non-pharmacological management of chronic lower back pain.

James Henderson, Ph.D.

James Henderson, Ph.D.

James (Jay) Henderson, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering and the Bioengineering Graduate Program Director at Syracuse University. His training in Mechanical Engineering was performed at Rice University (BS) and at Stanford University (MS, Ph.D.), where he was a dual Hertz Foundation/Burt and Deedee McMurtry Stanford Graduate Fellow. He performed postdoctoral training in the departments of Biology and Orthopaedics at Case Western Reserve University as an Arthritis Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Having joined the faculty of Syracuse University in 2008, Dr. Henderson’s lab focuses on the study and application of mechanobiology.

Dr. Henderson is a faculty member of the Syracuse Biomaterials Institute and of the SUNY Upstate Medical University Cancer Research Institute and holds an adjunct position in the Syracuse University department of Biology.

He received the Aspiring Investigator Award at the 5th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Tissue Engineering Consortium in 2005, the New Investigator Recognition Award at the Combined Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Societies in 2007, the College of Engineering and Computer Science Faculty Excellence Award in 2010, the DARPA Young Faculty Award in the class of 2012, the James K. Duah-Agyeman Faculty Award in 2016, and the Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award in 2017.

Peter A. Jones

Peter A. Jones

Pete counsels and represents employers of all types and sizes in a variety of labor and employment-related contexts, including employment litigation in Federal and State courts and before the EEOC and Division of Human Rights, collective bargaining negotiations, wage and hour compliance and proceedings before administrative agencies and the courts, labor arbitrations, union organizing campaigns, strikes and picketing, and representation and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board. He also represents a number of colleges and universities in labor matters and student discrimination claims.

Pete also represents a number of municipalities in labor matters, including proceedings before PERB and compulsory interest arbitration under New York's Taylor Law.

He also provides a broad range of training to executives, supervisors, managers and employees in a variety of topics, including EEO and anti-harassment compliance, wage and hour issues, investigations of workplace misconduct, documentation and performance reviews, electronic discovery and avoiding workplace violence.

Pete is a frequent speaker on a variety of labor and employment topics, and has served as a guest lecturer at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. He has also written extensively on labor and employment law topics, having authored articles that appeared in the New York State Society for Human Resource Management's HR Review, the Labor Lawyer and the Journal of College and University Law.

Kristopher Paolino, M.D.

Kristopher Paolino, M.D.

Dr. Paolino graduated from SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine in 2005, after being awarded a Health Professions Scholarship Program appointment to the United States Army. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a Captain in the U.S. Army at the start of Internal Medicine Residency at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) in 2005. During his residency, he was awarded 2 Army Achievement Medals, an Army Commendation Medal, and a WRAMC Q.U.E.S.T. For Excellent Award for research and patient care.

He spent 2 weeks in rural Honduras in the Fall of 2006 as the Team Physician for a Pediatric Nutritional Medical Mission evaluating iron deficiency in children, as well as providing local care.

Dr. Paolino was accepted into Infectious Diseases fellowship at WRAMC in 2008. During fellowship, he was awarded with an additional Army Commendation Medal as well as an IDSA Fellows Travel Grant for research in invasive fungal infections in war wounds. During his third year of fellowship, Dr. Paolino attended the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS). He spent 4 weeks in Thailand at the Kwai River Christian Hospital treating patients in a rural tropical setting. In 2011, he graduated from USUHS with a Masters in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, as well as infectious diseases fellowship, and was promoted to Major.

In 2011, he was stationed at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR). During his first year at WRAIR, he was made Deputy Chief of the Clinical Trials Center (CTC), and was AI on 6 different vaccine clinical trials, and was awarded his third Army Commendation Medal. Dr. Paolino was promoted to Chief of the WRAIR CTC in September 2012. He has been a member of multiple product development teams, and was an acting member of the WRAIR IRB. He has been part of the development process for multiple clinical trials, to include PI of 6 separate clinical trials, and has been an AI on 17 other clinical trials to date, to include 6 malaria vaccine trials with malaria challenge.

In November 2012, he passed the American Society for Tropical Medicine & Hygiene Certification examination. Prior to leaving the military, he was a key member of the successful rVSV ebola vaccine phase 1 safety study that ultimately led to the field studies showing efficacy in the implemented ring vaccination model.

He is currently credentialed at Upstate Medical University, Syracuse VA Hospital, and Crouse Hospital since September 2016. He is also an assistant professor at Upstate Medical University, a member of the Infectious Disease Society of America, and is an American College of Physicians fellow. Dr. Paolino has been board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases since 2008 and 2010 respectively.

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