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Louisville VA Medical Center


Leadership Team

Portrait of Martin J Traxler

Martin J Traxler | (502) 287-4000 x55500

Medical Center Director

Mr. Traxler was appointed Medical Center Director of the Robley Rex VA Medical Center in Louisville, KY effective Nov. 30, 2014. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Traxler served as Director of the Alexandria VA Health Care System in Louisiana since May 2013.

As Medical Center Director, Mr. Traxler is responsible for day-to-day operations of Louisvilleā€™s VA facility and its eight community-based outpatient clinics. Key responsibilities include providing executive leadership, budgetary and operations oversight for both clinical and administrative services. He is coordinating planning for Louisvilleā€™s replacement VA.

He served as Acting Medical Center Director of the Lexington VA from Feb. to May 2013. Prior to this, he served as Associate Director of the Lexington VA since Sept. 11, 2011. Mr. Traxler came to Lexington from the Carl Vinson VA in Dublin, GA, where he was the Associate Director since Aug. 2009. Before this, he served as Chief, Acquisition & Materiel Mgt. Svc. at the VA in Asheville, NC.

He joined VA in 1989 through the Federal Outstanding Scholar Program as an Acquisition & Materiel Mgt. Intern at the VA in Lake City, FL. He transferred to the Salt Lake City, Utah VA as a Contracting Officer in 1991. In 1992 he became the Chief, Acquisition Mgt. at the VA in Allen Park, MI, where he worked with a team to activate the Detroit VA. He transferred to the Muskogee, OK. VA in 1996 as the Asst. Chief, Acquisition & Materiel Mgt. SVC. until appointed as Chief, Acquisition & Materiel Mgt. in Bay Pines.

He earned his MBA at Northeastern State University of OK in 2000. He earned a Bachelor in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Economics from Tiffin University in OH in 1989. He completed the VHA Health Care Leadership Institute in 2005. He has been an adjunct instructor teaching Health Care Economics to students seeking a BA in Science of Nursing. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1983 to 1987.

Portrait of Marylee Rothschild, M.D.

Marylee Rothschild, M.D. | (502) 287-4000 x55500

Chief of Staff

Dr. Marylee Rothschild was appointed Chief of Staff of the VA Medical Center in Louisville, KY in May 2005. Prior to her appointment as Chief of Staff, Dr. Rothschild served as Associate Chief of Staff for Ambulatory Care Service for the previous twelve years at this facility. Dr. Rothschild served as the Interim Medical Center Director, from April through November 2014. She had full responsibility for the oversight and operations of the Robley Rex VAMC and its 8 associated CBOCs, located in KY and Southern Indiana.

As Chief of Staff at the Robley Rex VAMC, she acts as a link between clinical and administrative staffs. More specifically, she works closely with the Medical Center Director, Associate Director for Operations and the Associate Director for Patient Care Services in planning and implementing medical center policies and programs and brings to the Quad the needs and concerns of medical staff. Dr. Rothschild provides leadership for the clinical departments in development of clinical programs to meet the needs of the Veteran population. She oversees the credentialing and privileging of medical staff; monitors quality improvement programs; and facilitates the coordination of clinical, education and research programs. She integrates and coordinates the activities of the affiliated medical school as they relate to the Medical Center's mission of quality patient care, research and education.

In November 2014 she returned to her position of Chief Of Staff after serving as the Interim Medical Center Director.

Portrait of Debbie Hunt, DNP RN CNOR NE B/C VHA-CM

Debbie Hunt, DNP RN CNOR NE B/C VHA-CM | (502) 287-4000 x55500

Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Debbie Hunt, DNP, RN, became the Associate Director for Patient Care Services effective January 10, 2016. As the Associate Director for Patient Care Services, Dr. Hunt is responsible for leading several administrative and clinical departments including: Nursing Service; Voluntary Service; Education Service; Infection and Disease Prevention; Social Work Service; Nutrition and Food Service; Chaplain Service; and Sterile Processing Service.

Dr. Hunt has been at the Robley Rex VAMC since 2005. She has served as the Associate Chief Nurse of Surgical Services, Chief Nurse Activations and most recently as the Replacement Hospital Project Coordinator. Dr. Hunt has more than 30 years of nursing experience, including a diverse background in significant management assignments in health care. She has held the position of Replacement Hospital Project Coordinator at the Robley Rex VAMC since April, 2014. She held senior nursing roles in the private sector in large tertiary care settings for 20 years prior to coming to the VA.

Dr. Hunt received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Jefferson Community College in Louisville, Kentucky in 1985, Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University Southeast in Indiana in 2001, Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix in 2005, and Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Alabama in 2014. Dr. Hunt is also adjunct faculty for University of Phoenix.

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Kathy Pfouts | 502-287-4214 x53018

Chief of Audiology

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Judy L Williams | 502-287-4000x55502

Public Affairs Officer