Ryan VegaLead for the VA Diffusion of Excellence
Department of Veterans Affairs
Dr. Vega is academic hospitalist at the Richmond VA Medical and recently joined the VA Center for Innovation where he serves as the Lead for the VA Diffusion of Excellence, overseeing a national initiative aimed at identifying, diffusing and sustaining best practices across the enterprise. Prior to this role, he served as Chief of Quality for the Richmond VA Medical Center and as the Liaison for Institutional-Housestaff Quality and Safety Initiatives at the VCU Health System. Dr. Vega received his medical degree from Louisiana State University in 2011 and completed his residency training in internal Medicine at the VCU Health System in 2014. He went on to serve as a Chief Medical Resident and as the VA Chief Resident for Quality and Safety at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) from 2014 to 2015. He is a graduate of the Intermountain Advanced Training Program in Healthcare Quality & Research and recently completed his Master of Science in Health Administration from VCU where he was an A.D. Williams Scholar. Dr. Vega has les multiple quality improvement initiatives and mentored several other QI teams, including prior Chief Residents for Quality and Safety at the Richmond VAMC. Dr. Vega speaks regularly on the role of communication failures in medical errors, patient handoffs, teamwork in healthcare, high reliability in healthcare and continuous quality improvement.