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Syracuse VA Medical Center


Leadership Team

Portrait of Judy Hayman

Judy Hayman | (315)425-4400 x56789

Acting Medical Center Director

Judy Hayman, Ph.D., is the Associate Medical Center Director at Syracuse VAMC. Associate Medical Center Director, Dr. Hayman is responsible for day-to-day management of facility operations, resource management and working collaboratively with staff to improve overall quality, Veteran satisfaction and access. Previously, Dr. Hayman has been the Behavioral Health Care Line Manager since January 2008 and served as the Polytrauma Network Site Psychologist beginning in July 2006. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, completed her internship at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York, and a one-year fellowship program in Rehabilitation Medicine and Neuropsychology at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Dr. Hayman has previous experience in Business Management and Administration.

Portrait of Dr. S. Asif Ali

Dr. S. Asif Ali | (315) 425-4400 x54888

Chief of Staff

Dr. S. Asif Ali MD assumed the Chief of Staff position July, 2015. He obtained his medical degree in 1996 from the Aga Khan University Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Chief Residency from Case Western Reserve University St. Vincent's/St. Luke's Medical Center in 2001. He was in a hospital employed practice from 2002 to 2006 in Cleveland Ohio. He joined the Syracuse Veterans Affairs Medical Center in November 2006 as an Academic Internal Medicine Physician. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He has served as Medical Staff President at the Syracuse Veterans Affairs Medical Center since April 2012.

Portrait of Cheryl Czajkowski

Cheryl Czajkowski | (315) 425-4400 X 53757

Associate Director for Patient and Nursing Service

Cheryl Czajkowski, MSN, RN has been appointed Associate Director for Patient and Nursing Service at the Syracuse VA Medical Center effective December 23, 2015.

Most recently, Ms. Czajkowski served as the Medical VA Care Line Manager, where she had oversight of medical/surgical inpatient and sub-specialty care operations. Prior to this role, Ms. Czajkowski was the Associate Chief of Nursing Service, Acute Care, at the Lebanon VA Medical Center in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Prior to her transfer to the Lebanon VA Medical Center, Ms. Czajkowski worked at the Syracuse VA Medical Center in both nursing staff and management positions. Ms. Czajkowski is a strong advocate for patient-centered care.

Ms. Czajkowski graduated from Crouse School of Nursing, Syracuse, New York, then went on to Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York for her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and graduated with distinction. She completed her education by attaining her Master of Science Degree in Nursing Leadership and Management at Walden University, Baltimore, Maryland. Ms. Czajkowski has held a membership with the International Nursing Organization Sigma Theta Tau, and has served as a past president.