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Bath VA Medical Center


Leadership Team

Portrait of Bruce Tucker

Bruce Tucker | 607-664-4722

Interim Medical Center Director

Bruce Tucker was appointed interim Medical Center for the Bath and Canandaigua VA Medical Center effective September 19, 2018.

Portrait of Susan Herson

Susan Herson | (607) 664-4770

Chief of Staff

Dr. Susan Herson was selected as the Chief of Staff for the Bath VA Medical Center in March 2017. Dr. Herson has worked as a Hospitalist at the Sioux Falls VA, a Hospitalist-Clinician Educator and Clinical Assistant Professor for New York Medical College, and a Medical Director at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut leading Performance Improvement, Utilization Management, and Clinical Informatics efforts.

Dr. Herson served in the United States Navy, trained at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, and was stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune as a General Medical Officer. She has also volunteered on several global health missions to Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Vietnam, and the Commonwealth of Saipan. She continues to volunteer locally for the uninsured.

She holds a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.D. from the New York Medical College. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City and completed a Tropical Medicine Certificate Program through the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda.

Portrait of Michelle Santos Martinez, RN, MSN, MHA

Michelle Santos Martinez, RN, MSN, MHA | 607-664-4515

Nurse Executive

Michelle Santos Martinez, RN, MSN, MHA is currently serving as the Associate Director for Patient and Nursing Services at the Bath VA Medical Center. In 1991, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree through Alfred University. She began her nursing career at the University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital in 1991, working with a variety of adult medical and surgical specialties including Plastics, Burn-Trauma, Transplant, and Neurosurgery. She ascended to a Nurse Manager position before leaving Strong Memorial Hospital in 2003 to join the Bath VA Medical Center. Ms. Santos Martinez began her VA career in Bath as a Nurse Manager for Acute Medicine, Intensive Care, and the Emergency and Respiratory Departments. In 2008, she became the Associate Chief Nurse for the Medicine Service. From July to September 2013, she served as the Acting Medical VA Care Line and Diagnostics/Therapeutics Care Line Manager. From January to June of 2014, she served as Acting Associate Director of Patient Nursing Services.

Ms. Santos Martinez has a Master of Science Degree in Nursing and a Master in Health Care Administration from the University of Phoenix. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She has received numerous awards including the Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Nursing in 2008. In 2012, she completed the Federal Executive Institute Leadership Program.