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Leadership Team

Candace Ifabiyi , Acting Healthcare System Director

Candace Ifabiyi | 216-791-3800 Ext. 4000

Acting Healthcare System Director

Candace Ifabiyi became acting director effective June 30. She comes to Cleveland from Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Hines, Illinois where she’s served as the Associate Director since October 2017. As Associate Director at Hines, Ms. Ifabiyi has operational oversight of the facility’s $730 million budget and ensures operational efficiency for the Level 1A, 483-bed hospital with six outpatient clinics and 3,700 employees. Ms. Ifabiyi is a U.S. Army Veteran and started at VA in 2006 as a GS-5 supply specialist and has held various positions throughout her career at VA including serving as Supervisory Health Systems Specialist to the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health (ADUSH) for Workforce Services in VA central office. She also served as Acting Director at the Illiana Health Care System in Danville, Illinois, and has held various positions at VA central office to include VHA’s Office of Policy and Planning and VHA’s Office of Patient Care Services where she played an integral role in developing strategic and capital planning for national programs. Ms. Ifabiyi is currently part of the 2019 Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SESCDP), and a graduate of both the 2016 Federal Executive Institute (FEI) Leadership Program and the 2014 VHA Health Care Leadership Development (HCLDP) Program. She obtained a Master of Science in Business Administration (MSBA) and Master of Health Administration (MHA) from The University of Memphis.


Brian Cmolik, MD, FACS, Chief of Staff

Brian Cmolik, MD, FACS | 216-791-3800 Ext. 4006

Chief of Staff

Dr. Brian Cmolik became VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System Chief of Staff effective October 2018. Cmolik has been part of the Cleveland VA Medical Staff since 1993, serving most recently as Chief of Surgery Service since 2013. He began his career with the VA as a cardiothoracic surgeon in 1993, and became Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery in 2006. Dr. Cmolik completed his undergraduate education at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1979 and received his medical degree in 1985 from Northeastern Ohio Medical University. He is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He remains actively involved clinically in the surgery service, and in clinical research in the cooperative studies program at the VA. During his tenure as Surgical Service Chief, he initiated programs in robotic surgery, transcatheter aortic valve replacement, destination therapy for mechanical circulatory support, and opened a freestanding ambulatory surgery center. His clinical interests are in the management of postoperative cardiac and thoracic surgical patients. He has also served as an acting Veterans Integrated Services Networks region 10 chief surgical consultant. Presently he remains active in the thoracic surgery residency programs of University Hospitals as well as the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and has been a key faculty member in the general surgical residency program of University Hospitals of Cleveland since 1993.


Innette Sarduy, DNP, MPH, RN, NEA-BC, Associate Director Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive

Innette Sarduy, DNP, MPH, RN, NEA-BC | 216-791-3800 Ext. 5100

Associate Director Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive

Dr. Innette Sarduy became Associate Director of Patient Care Services in December 2012. Previously, she served for 12 years at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa, Florida as the Chief Nurse for Acute Care. Dr. Sarduy holds an adjunct faculty appointment with Case Western Reserve University Francis Payne Bolton (FPB) School of Nursing and is the Chair of the FPB Chief Nursing Officer Advisory Council. She is also on the advisory council for Ursuline and Notre Dame Colleges’ Schools of Nursing.


Andrew Pacyna, Deputy Healthcare System Director

Andrew Pacyna | 216-791-3800 Ext. 4000

Deputy Healthcare System Director

Andrew D. Pacyna became Deputy Director in November 2015. He returned to Northeast Ohio to become the Associate Director of the healthcare system in 2014. Mr. Pacyna started his career with the VA as a Graduate Health Administration Program (GHAP) Resident at the Syracuse VA Medical Center. After completing his training and first position at the Syracuse VA, Mr. Pacyna went on to hold positions with the VA Maryland Health Care System and the Clement J. Zablockie VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. Mr. Pacyna also served as the Acting Director for the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System in 2017.


Beth A. Lumia, Associate Healthcare System Director

Beth A. Lumia | 216-791-3800 Ext. 4000

Associate Healthcare System Director

Beth A. Lumia became the Associate Director in July 2016. She came to Northeast Ohio from the Bath VA Medical Center in New York where she was the Care Line Manager for the Medical Service and the Diagnostics and Therapeutics Service since 2009. Ms. Lumia also served as the VA Care in the Community Program Manager since 2015. She started her career with the VA in 2003 as a social worker, has accepted several national details in Washington, D.C., and served as the Acting Associate Director for the Erie VA Medical Center in Pennsylvania from July 2013 to September 2013.