Dinesh Ranjan, the former chief of surgery for the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center, has retired.

Ranjan was shuffled to a regional consulting position on surgical telehealth in March as part of a purge of top brass at the Roseburg VA after a report from the VA’s Office of the Medical Inspector found a toxic management culture at the facility.

This week, the chief medical officer for the VA Northwest Healthcare Network, also known as VISN-20, announced Ranjan’s retirement in an email that was given to The News-Review.

Ranjan had been the subject of allegations of bullying and whistle-blower retaliation during his tenure at the VA.

VA employees told The News-Review that Ranjan’s wife Ratnabali Ranjan, the former chief of staff, has also submitted her retirement. Ratnabali Ranjan had been reassigned in March to lead the Roseburg VA’s Office of Community Care.

Some current and former staff members had complained about managers, including the Ranjans, being reassigned rather than removed from their posts.

Interim Roseburg VA Director Dave Whitmer gave a brief comment about the Ranjans’ retirement in response to The News-Review’s inquiry Thursday.

“I would just say that I thank them for their years of service to veterans and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors,” Whitmer said.

Susan Neeley May, a former VA clerk who alleged Dinesh Ranjan bullied her, expressed mixed feelings Friday about the Ranjans’ retirement.

“I’m just glad they’re gone,” she said. However, she said it was unfair that he was allowed to retire, presumably with full benefits.

“I guess he scooted out of there without being held accountable after all,” May said.

Reached by phone Friday, Dinesh Ranjan declined comment.

Ranjan was replaced as surgery chief by Dwayne Smith, who previously served as section chief of surgery at the Lee County Veterans Health Care Center in Cape Coral, Florida.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at 541-957-4213 or ccegavske@nrtoday.com.

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4213 or by email at ccegavske@nrtoday.com. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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