When our patients need us most, we’re at our best.

They expect us to be at the top of our game.

We exceed their expectations.

For more than 25 years, we’ve collaborated with our outstanding hospital partners to improve outcomes and make a meaningful difference in our patients’ lives. Although we’ve expanded considerably over the years, we've never lost sight of who we are: a family of providers united by the single goal of providing the best possible care.


VEMA providers are always looking for ways to make healthcare safer and more efficient. When we instituted the Simulation Lab at the Inova Fair Oaks Emergency Department, it was the first-ever Simulation Lab in Northern Virginia. Since its inception in 2011, our physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners have used the Simulation Lab countless times to hone their skills, shorten response times, and save lives.

Work/life balance

We're human too. We appreciate the importance of a career and a life that coexist. As a team, we are all concerned about each other's professional success, and we pay close attention to the personal side as well. That's why we offer flexible scheduling, paid time off, and a supportive and rewarding work environment. We know that a balanced life makes for a happier provider. And that's better for everyone.


For 25 years, we've built strong relationships with our patients, teammates, colleagues, and hospital partners. We know that healing can only happen when we've connected with our patients and earned their trust. At VEMA, these connections happen every day through the healing power of touch, through advice and comfort during a difficult time, and through quality care that focuses on the patient as a whole person.


As physicians, our desire to help and heal extends far beyond hospital walls. For 20 years, VEMA team members have made it a priority to serve our community, our country, and our world.
You’ll find VEMA physicians at local charity events, where they’ve raised thousands of dollars for pediatrics at Inova Fair Oaks. They’re at Rising Hope in Alexandria and free health clinics in Fauquier and Prince William counties, caring for uninsured members of our community. They’ve served on battlefields as Combat Surgeons with the US Army during multiple tours of duty in Iraq. And they travel around the world on medical missions, responding to natural disasters and caring for patients in third-world countries.“It’s a chance for us all to give something back.”
– Dr. Mark Franke, Fair Oaks ED, 18 years of service in Nicaragua and Honduras 

These trips allow us to get back to the basics of healthcare. They remind us what is at the very core of our work: improving the human condition. We continue to go on these trips year after year because we have an obligation to give back, but we often feel that we get more out of these trips than we put in.

Our hospitals and health care teams at home are top-notch. We feel incredibly fortunate to live and work where we do, and our appreciation grows dramatically when we witness the devastation of an earthquake or travel to a remote village that has no access to health care. It is our privilege to serve our patients and to make a difference at home and abroad.

VEMA physicians have served in countries all over the world, including:

  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Nicaragua
  • Taiwan
  • Turkey
  • United States
  • Madagascar
  • Antarctica
  • Tanzania
  • Liberia
  • Qatar
  • UAE
  • Azerbaijan
  • Peru
  • Colombia
  • Netherlands
  • France


As a united group of accomplished, well-respected providers, the VEMA leadership team shares a passion for world-class patient care. We take the time to invest in our most important assets — our people. We really listen to the concerns and needs of all VEMA team members, and we make operational decisions carefully and collaboratively.

Our leaders come from diverse backgrounds within the medical field, and we put our varied experiences to work for our patients every day.

Paul Tripathi
Paul Tripathi
Chief Financial Officer
Nicholas Sutingco
Nicholas Sutingco
Chairman, Fair Oaks ED
Christopher Mills
Christopher Mills
Medical Director, Fair Oaks ED
Michael Jenks
Michael Jenks
Chairman, Fauquier ED
Jeanine Miller
Jeanine Miller
Vice-Chair, Fauquier ED
Tushar Sinha
Tushar Sinha
Medical Director, Fair Oaks Hospitalists
Anna Bonicky
Anna Bonicky
Director of Scribe Program
Tara Elkins
Tara Elkins
Director of Advanced Practice Clinicians


Got a Question? We have the answer.

At Fair Oaks ED, we care for more than 50,000 patients a year; 18-20% are pediatric cases. Admission rates are at 18-20%.
At Fauquier, ED volumes are 35,000 a year; 15-17% are pediatric cases.

Neurosurgery, trauma, and interventional cardiology are not available on site, however, we have a streamlined transfer process in place for these cases.

All diagnostic services are available 24/7/365 at Fair Oaks. For example, if necessary you can obtain an MRI on a weekend overnight shift without encountering barriers. Radiology readings are performed by a large local radiology group. No wet reads by emergency physicians necessary. Turnaround times for radiology interpretations are superb.

Pediatric Hospitalist, OB Hospitalist, and Anesthesia.

A lot of hospitalist groups work 7 shifts on and 7 shifts off.  We do not do that. Our physicians will work 4-5 days in a row followed by 3-4 days off. They are required to work some nights (if hired for day shifts) and at least two weekends out of the month. We also have a call back-up schedule.

For FT, they are required to work a minimum of 12 shifts a month.

Shifts are:
1p-11p (admits patients)

Yes, we are required to go to rapid responses/codes.

Yes, we have a variety of specialists that we consult:

Cardiology, Pulmonary, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Palliative Care, Plastic Surgery, Nephrology, Rheumatology, Ortho, Neurology, Hematology/Oncology, Infectious Disease, and Dermatology

Yes, we offer paid professional liability insurance with tail coverage.

ICU is open but we have an intensivist on duty during the day. We still see our patients. We also have ICU remote telemonitoring for the nights if needed.

You need to be comfortable with central lines but we do have interventional radiologists and the ER staff will assist if the situation arises. We will also provide training if needed for central lines.

No, we do not.

At Inova Fair Oaks Hospital we use EPIC and at Fauquier Hospital we use Meditech.