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James F. McGuckin, Jr., M.D.
Chief Executive Officer

James F. McGuckin

Founder Vascular Access Centers and co-founded Rex Medical with Whitfield Gardner in 1999 and directs R & D. Dr. McGuckin is Director of the Philadelphia Vascular Institute located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. McGuckin’s research interest include: Cardiovascular Systems, Endoscopy and Endosurgery, Peripheral Arterial Disease, Limb Salvage, Percutaneous Oncologic Therapy and therapy related to the End Stage Renal Disease population. He is currently researching recanalization of Central Venous Occlusion using RF ablation.

He holds 39 patents and has over 170 pending patents. Dr. McGuckin double majored in Mechanical Engineering and Pre-Medical from the University of Notre Dame in 1983.

He received his M.D. from Hahnemann University in 1987, General Surgery in 1988, Masters Degree in Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania in 1990, Diagnostic Imaging in 1995, and completed his Fellowship in Interventional Radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 1996.

Stephen Ferrara, M.D., FSIR
Captain (Ret.), MC, USN
Chief Medical Officer

James F. McGuckin

Steve Ferrara is a Scottsdale, Arizona native who recently retired from the Navy after a distinguished 25-year career culminating in his role as the Navy’s Chief Medical Officer and Director of Clinical Operations. He helped lead a complex global healthcare delivery system of 63,000 Navy medical department personnel caring for ~9.5 million active duty, dependents, and retirees around the world with an annual budget of nearly $50B. In this role, he chaired numerous initiatives directly reportable to the Secretary of Defense, Congress, and the President.

Immediately prior to his tenure as the Navy’s Chief Medical Officer, Captain Ferrara spent a year on Capitol Hill as a National Academy of Medicine Congressional Fellow. As an integral staff member to the Committee on Energy and Commerce his portfolio included FDA, public health, and health reform. Most of his expertise, however, was devoted to formulating the overhaul policy to the costly and inefficient Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) physician payment formula. His efforts directly culminated in the landmark legislative replacement of SGR by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), signed into law on April 16, 2015.

A combat doctor, Captain Ferrara transformed military medical practice by introducing life and limb saving endovascular therapies to the battlefield of Afghanistan as well as the disaster relief environment of the apocalyptic 2004 Asian tsunami. In addition to deployments across four continents with the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps Dr. Ferrara is an accomplished hospital leader and educator. At Naval Medical Center San Diego, Dr. Ferrara was Chief of Interventional Radiology and Radiology Residency Program Director. He holds several academic appointments, lectures, and writes extensively on health policy and economics, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, and combat casualty care. He is a renowned speaker and has lectured to nearly 100 national and international audiences at meetings and institutions including Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, Northwestern, Georgetown, and DARPA.

Upon retiring from the Navy in 2016, Dr. Ferrara transitioned to caring for Veterans and his community in the newly created role of Chief of Interventional Radiology at the Phoenix VA Medical Center. There he applied his extensive clinical and leadership experience to help vulnerable and underserved Veterans receive much needed, high quality medical care. His pioneering spirit and proactive leadership style led to the establishment of the facility’s first interventional oncology and liver disease programs and he initiated the city of Phoenix’s first Interventional Radiology residency program in collaboration with the county safety net hospital.

Dr. Ferrara is a UCLA graduate where he first answered the call to public service, joining the Navy at the outset of the first Gulf War. He completed his medical training in the Navy, at UCSD, and at Boston Children’s Hospital. He has been recognized for many clinical and academic achievements including Master Clinician and San Diego Top Doctor. Military awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal, as well as numerous other personal and campaign awards including the Afghanistan Campaign and ISAF Medals. Steve and his wife Elizabeth, a Navy Captain and pediatric nephrologist, have been married for 22 years. They have two amazing children, Madeleine (16) and John (12).

Greg Hoover, MBA
Director of Finance

Greg Hoover

Greg is a highly accomplished senior executive and brings over 20 years of experience from a variety of industries including: pharmaceutical manufacturing, human resource consulting, government contracting, and electronics design & manufacturing, with 15 years spent in international markets. His areas of experience include: corporate & operational management, global strategic planning, mergers & acquisitions, new market expansion, inventory & procurement management, global supply chain, treasury, risk management, financial controls/measures/systems, financial forecasting & modeling, as well as systems design and implementation.

Prior to joining Vascular Access Centers, Greg spent 7 years at Right Management - the world’s largest Career & Talent Management Company and a wholly owned subsidiary of Manpower Inc. Right Management has approximately 350 locations across 40 countries, totaling 3,000 employees worldwide, and hitting annual revenues of approximately $500M. Right’s clients include 80% of the fortune 500 and 50% of the fortune 1,000 companies. Greg held a number of responsibilities while at Right including being a member of the Global Executive Management Team, acting as Chief Financial Officer, as well as North American Operations Director.

Leading up to his tenure with Right, Greg spent 8 years with Aventis Bio-Services - a wholly owned subsidiary of Aventis Behring, which is a global leader in plasma protein biotherapeutics manufacturing. Aventis Bio-Services operated 90 plasmapheresis centers in the US and Germany, collecting over 3 million liters of plasma annually.

Aventis Bio-Services also provided all laboratory testing, logistics, and distribution globally for Aventis Behring. During his tenure with Aventis Bio-Services, Greg again held a variety of roles including Senior Director of Finance, Decision Support & Controller, Senior Director Global Supply Chain and Procurement, as well as Senior Manager of Center Operations.

Greg also held a number of additional responsibilities within Aventis Behring, including active membership of the global finance leadership team, global supply planning counsel, and head of the global “Operational Excellence” project team. Greg also acted as SAP Power User during the global SAP implementation.

Greg holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Shippensburg University in Business Administration as well as an MBA.

Andrea Vernon, MBA
Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development

Andrea Vernon

Andrea joined Vascular Access Centers in 2009 as a Program Development Specialist with expertise in field sales & marketing, with special emphasis in the area of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD).

Andrea is responsible for sales, marketing, and business development at VAC and she is responsible for the development and execution of the marketing plan for, among other services, the PAD program.

She continues to drive this endeavor companywide in her current role as the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development.

She brings with her an extensive background in medical sales and program development and utilizes this expertise to bring exemplary customer service to the referral physician and patient community through Vascular Access Centers' direct educational outreach team. 

Andrea is responsible for implementing community outreach for all of Vascular Access Centers' diversified and expanded service line offerings.   Andrea is also responsible for both new and existing business development and operational support for Vascular Access Centers.Andrea is a graduate of Alvernia University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry/Forensic Science and her Masters in Business Administration.

Mark Tucci, MBA

Mark Tucci

Mark joined Vascular Access Centers in January 2006 bringing considerable knowledge of public company financial operations to the organization as it grows its business. Prior to joining VAC Mark was Vice President, Finance/Controller for Loral CyberStar, a global managed network services provider. His responsibilities included accounting, treasury, cost control and tax planning. Previously, Mark was on the finance team at Orion Network Systems in Rockville, Maryland, coming to this international satellite services company from General Electric.

Joining Orion prior to the start of commercial operations, Mark was the financial analysis team leader during the initial IPO and the ultimate raising of over $850 million to fund the construction of the Company’s global satellite system. He also played a role in Orion’s $1.5 billion purchase by Loral Space and Communications.

Mark received an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Laurie Brown, B.S.N., R.N.
Director of Clinical Compliance and Clinical Operations

Laurie Brown

Laurie joined Vascular Access Centers in January of 2009 with considerable knowledge of Interventional Radiology, clinical standards of practice, outpatient center operations, and compliance with accrediting bodies, State and Federal regulations.  Laurie initially began as the Director of Revenue and Clinical Compliance, assisting the Revenue team in its transition from outsourced billing and coding to performance functions within the company.Laurie transitioned to Clinical Operations where she has functioned in the roles of Director of Clinical Compliance and Clinical Operations, which is the role that Laurie holds currently.

 As Director of Clinical Compliance, Laurie leads the company through Joint Commission surveys, assists with State and Federal regulatory items, and oversees multiple departments including the Electronic Health Record, Quality Assurance data collection and analysis, State, Federal, and Joint Commission Compliance, and Clinical Research and Operational Health Programs.

Laurie is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University of Philadelphia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. 

Mary Anne Suter, SHRM – CP
Director of Human Resources

Mary Anne Suter

Mary Anne joined the Vascular Access Centers management team in its infancy in 2006. She has been successful in taking on multiple facets of her role as Director of Human Resources for all of VAC's associates and physicians. Mary Anne is also involved in physician scheduling, credentialing, Medicare and insurance, which has made her a critical member of the business development team as well.

In fact, Mary Anne has been involved with insurance on the management side since 1992.

Mary Anne is an integral part of VAC's management team. Mary Anne earned her Bachelor's Degree from Villanova University.