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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
Catherine P. Kaminetzky, MD, MPH

Director, Advanced Fellowships and Professional Development

Joel Schmidt, PhD

Associate 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 six participating universities where Scholars are trained.

Duke University
David Edelman, MD, MHS

Program Director, Duke NCSP
Professor 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 California, San Francisco
Michael Steinman, MD

Associate Director, UCSF NCSP
Professor of Medicine

University of Michigan
Rodney Hayward, MD

Program Director, Michigan NCSP
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine and Health Management and Policy
Senior Investigator, VA HSR&D Center for Clinical Management Research, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System

University of Pennsylvania
Marilyn Schapira, MD, MPH

Associate Director, Penn NCSP
Professor of Medicine at the Veterans Administration Medical Center
Senior Investigator, Center for Health Equity Research & Promotion (CHERP), Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA

Yale University
William Becker, MD

Professor, Yale School of Medicine
Director, Opioid Reassessment Clinic, VA Connecticut Healthcare System