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Portrait of D. Scott Guermonprez, FACHE

D. Scott Guermonprez, FACHE | 518-626-6731

Medical Center Director

D. Scott Guermonprez, FACHE assumed the position of Director for the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center on September 18, 2016. Mr. Guermonprez oversees the delivery of health care at the VA Medical Center and its eleven Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), that serve over 42,000 Veterans throughout eastern NY, western Massachusetts and Vermont. The Medical Center has an operating budget of $205 million and employs more than 1,200 employees.

Mr. Guermonprez is a retired Air Force Colonel with over thirty years of active duty military service. He joined VA in June, 2014, appointed as Albany VAMC’s Associate Medical Center Director. Since November, 2015, he has held several key leadership positions, including his most recent appointment as Albany VAMC’s Interim Director. Prior to working at Albany VAMC, Mr. Guermonprez served in multiple executive management and leadership positions within the Department of Defense, directing large scale health care delivery systems at six medical centers and three headquarter locations, including three years as Medical Center Director for the 82nd Medical Group at Sheppard Air Force Base, 11 months as Associate Director (Director for Administration) at the Medical Education and Training Campus, Ft Sam Houston, TX, and serving as a Research Fellow at the RAND Corporation.

Mr. Guermonprez holds a Master of Science in Management, has a dual Board Certification as a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Academy of Medical Administrators, and has extensive experience with Joint Commission Accreditation of Healthcare Inspections, to include being personally recognized for consistent Best Practices.


Portrait of Martha Farber, MD

Martha Farber, MD | 518-626-6730

Chief of Staff

Dr. Farber was appointed Chief of Staff of Albany Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, New York in January, 25, 2017, having held the position as Interim Chief of Staff since July 1, 2016. Dr. Farber graduated AOA from Downstate Medical School in Brooklyn, New York. She is Board Certified in Ophthalmology and has been Section Chief of Ophthalmology in VA since 1993 and ACOS for Education since 2002. Dr. Farber is also a Professor of Ophthalmology at Albany Medical College and has been the ophthalmic pathologist at Albany Medical Center since 1993. She has served as the Program Director of the Ophthalmology Residency Program at AMC from 1994-1999, a board director on the American Board of Ophthalmology from 2002-2009 (Chair 2009), a member of the ACGME Ophthalmology RRC from 2003-2010, and a counselor for the American Academy of Ophthalmology from 2003-2009. She was elected President of the Association of VA Ophthalmologists 1998-2000 and President of the American Association of Ophthalmic Pathologists in 2007-2008. Dr. Farber has been a member of the Surgical Advisory Board for Ophthalmology for the National Surgery Office from 2009-2016, which she also currently chairs.

Dr. Farber continues to mentor and teach AMC ophthalmology residents in the VA eye clinic and has received recognition as “Teacher of the Year” for 1995, 2000 & 2004. She has initiated and implemented programs contributing to the enhancement of graduate medical education. Dr. Farber has a keen interest in medical simulation training, writing written and oral examination questions, and the development of lifelong learning programs.


Portrait of Deborah Spath

Deborah Spath | 518-626-6736

Associate Director for Patient/Nursing Services

Deborah Spath, MSN, RN, was appointed Associate Director for Patient/Nursing Services at the Albany VA Medical Center in Albany, New York in April, 2003.

A native of Albany, Ms. Spath is a graduate of Albany’s Russell Sage College where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She continued her education, attaining her Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration.

Beginning her career as a Staff Nurse at the Albany VA Medical Center, Ms. Spath has continued her professional tenure through her dedication to service, the Albany VA Medical Center and Veterans. She rose through VA ranks, serving as a Nurse Manager, and eventually, a Performance Manager. Furthering her service to veterans, Ms. Spath accepted a position as the Associate Director for Performance Management for VA Healthcare Network, Upstate New York. Ms. Spath returned to the Albany VA Medical Center, where she now serves as the Associate Director for Patient/Nursing Services.