Dwayne Smith

Dwayne Smith

A new chief of surgery has joined the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Dwayne Smith replaces former surgery chief Dinesh Ranjan, who stepped down from his position in January following complaints of bullying and whistle-blower retaliation.

Smith most recently served as section chief of surgery at the Lee County Veterans Health Care Center in Cape Coral, Florida.

Roseburg VA Medical Center Interim Director Dave Whitmer said in a written statement he’s excited to have Smith join the team.

“He brings with him a great deal of experience that will move our surgical departments forward and providing the best health care possible for our veterans,” Whitmer said.

Smith received his medical degree from St. Louis University, and has specialty certifications from the American College of Physician Executives and the American Board of Surgery. He’s a member of both those organizations, and also the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons.

Smith also has a degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering.

Ranjan was among several Roseburg VA leaders whose jobs changed following an investigation by the federal Office of the Medical Inspector. The OMI found that senior VA leadership created an environment of intimidation, and it recommended Ranjan and others be removed from supervisory responsibility.

Ranjan had earlier been found by the VA’s Office of Inspector General to have performed colonoscopies using outdated methods.

Ranjan was reassigned to the regional network to help develop a surgical telehealth program.

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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