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NCSP/VA

NCSP/VA

The Department of Veterans Affairs is a strong community partner for the NCSP and supports a number of VA NCSP fellows each year. The NCSP emphasizes the importance of community health, consistent with VA's goals to optimize the health of the veteran, the VA community, and to contribute to the health of the nation. The VA NCSP fellows have a commitment to conducting research addressing health and policy issues relevant to veterans and reflecting priority areas in the Department of Veterans Affairs.

VA Advanced Fellowships Program for NCSP Clinician Scholars

VA NCSP Scholars have opportunities for conducting clinical work, research, and participating in policy experiences within the Department of Veterans Affairs as part of their fellowship. VA NCSP Clinician Scholars participate in activities at their designated VA Medical Center, as well as participate fully in the overall NCSP program at the affiliated institution. Experienced mentors of national stature provide guidance to fellows in rich learning environments.

History of the NCSP/VA Partnership

The collaboration between the NCSP and the Department of Veterans Affairs builds upon a strong foundation: In 1978, the Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA), in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), established the VA Advanced Fellowships Program for RWJF Clinical Scholars at selected VA medical centers and continued that collaboration until the program’s conclusion in 2017. In 2015, VA became an inaugural partner at the NCSP’s formation. This partnership between the VA and the NCSP will allow the next generation of physician and nursing leaders to identify and lead the changes needed to improve the health of veterans and of the nation.

VA Advanced Fellowships Office
Stuart Gilman, MD, MPH


Director, Advanced Fellowships and Professional Development

Jeff Cully, PhD


Clinical Director, Advanced Fellowships and Professional Development

Deborah Ludke, MHA


Administrative Officer, Advanced Fellowships and Professional Development

Kimberly Uhl, MBA


Management Analyst, Advanced Fellowships and Professional Development

University Faculty VA Liaisons

The National Clinician Scholars Program has a VA faculty representative at each of the five participating universities where Scholars are trained.

Duke University
Eugene Oddone, MD, MHSc

Professor of Medicine, Duke School of Medicine

University of California, Los Angeles
Debra Saliba, MD, MPH

Anna & Harry Borun Endowed Chair
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Director, UCLA Borun Center for Applied Gerontological Research
Physician, VA GRECC
Senior Natural Scientist, RAND

University of Michigan
Michele Heisler, MD, MPH

Co-director, Michigan NCSP
Associate Professor of Medicine and Health Behavior and Health Education
Research Scientist, VA HSR&D Center of Excellence

University of Pennsylvania
Marilyn Schapira, MD, MPH

Associate Director, Penn NCSP
Professor of Medicine at the Veterans Administration Medical Center
Co-Leader, Cancer Control Research Program, Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania

Yale University
Rani A. Hoff, MPH, PhD

Associate Director, Yale NCSP
Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Northeast Program Evaluation Center
Director, Evaluation Division, National Center for PTSD