Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System welcomes new Chief of Staff

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas. Tina McClain, M.D., has been appointed as the Chief of Staff of the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, effective Nov. 13, 2016.

“We’re very happy to have Dr. McClain on our leadership team,” said Dr. Margie Scott, CAVHS Medical Center director. “She has an unwavering commitment to exceptional patient care, and to our Veterans.”

Dr. McClain has been serving as the acting Chief of Staff since October of 2015, and has been a member of the CAVHS staff since 1998. As a member of the senior leadership team, she leads one of the most complex facilities in the Veterans Health Administration system, including a two-campus medical center, a nursing home care unit and domiciliary, eight Community Base Outpatient Clinics.

Dr. McClain has the overall management responsibility for clinical affairs, including medical, surgical, psychiatry, research and development, radiology, physical medical and rehabilitation, neurology, ambulatory care, mental health, dental, and pathology and laboratory medicine.

Dr. McClain graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas, and received a medical degree in 1993. She completed psychiatry residency training at UAMS in 1997, and joined the CAVHS staff and UAMS faculty in 1998. She served as the Chief of Inpatient Mental Health Services at CAVHS until 2008, receiving numerous teaching awards and participating in groundbreaking educational research. She was named Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health in 2008, in which role she successfully expanded mental health services to Veterans, streamlined referral processes and led several regional and national consultative groups regarding VA mental health programs. She was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff in 2013.