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About VHA

The Veterans Health Administration is the largest integrated health care system in the United States, providing care at 1,233 health care facilities, including 168 VA Medical Centers and 1,053 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving more than 8.9 million Veterans each year.

Where is the Nearest Medical Center or other Health Care Facility?

Use the Facility Locator to find the VA medical facility that will best meet your health care needs using a variety of search methods including using your ZIP code.

Common Medical Center Services

VHA Medical Centers provide a wide range of services including traditional hospital-based services such as surgery, critical care, mental health, orthopedics, pharmacy, radiology and physical therapy.

In addition, most of our medical centers offer additional medical and surgical specialty services including audiology & speech pathology, dermatology, dental, geriatrics, neurology, oncology, podiatry, prosthetics, urology, and vision care. Some medical centers also offer advanced services such as organ transplants and plastic surgery.

Patient Advocates

Available at every medical center, Patient Advocates are highly trained professionals who can help resolve your concerns about any aspect of your health care experience, particularly those concerns that cannot be resolved at the point of care. Patient Advocates listen to any questions, problems, or special needs you have and refer your concerns to the appropriate Medical Center staff for resolution.

VHA Leadership

David J. Shulkin, MD
Under Secretary for Health

Dr. David J. Shulkin

As Under Secretary for Health, will direct a health care system with an annual budget of approximately $59 billion, overseeing the delivery of care to more than 9 million enrolled Veterans. VA, the nation's largest health care system, employs more than 305,000 health care professionals and support staff at more than 1,000 sites of care, including hospitals; community based outpatient clinics; nursing homes; domiciliaries; and 300 Vet Centers.

VHA is the nation's largest provider of graduate medical education and a major contributor to medical and scientific research. More than 76,000 active volunteers, 118,000 health professions trainees, and 25,000 affiliated medical faculty are also an integral part of the VHA community.

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VHA Blueprint for Excellence

VHA Blueprint for Excellence

VHA Strategic Plan

VHA 2013-2018 Strategic Plan

VHA Mission

Honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being.

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VHA Vision

VHA will continue to be the benchmark of excellence and value in health care and benefits by providing exemplary services that are both patient centered and evidence based.

This care will be delivered by engaged, collaborative teams in an integrated environment that supports learning, discovery and continuous improvement.

It will emphasize prevention and population health and contribute to the nation's well-being through education, research and service in National emergencies.

VHA Offices and Programs

A number of offices and programs support VHA.

Our Doctors

The "Our Doctors" online directory lists physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners and other Licensed Independent Practitioners at a local medical center and within that health care system.

The Veterans Health Administration wants to provide helpful information to our Veterans and their caregivers. The last regular update to the information on this website was April 2015. For current information on physicians, we encourage you to use the "DocInfo" service offered by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) at The FSMB website is updated monthly and is a public website to provide information related to any physician who is licensed in any US state, territory, or district.

We look forward to sharing a new website in the near future that we are developing which will be easier for you to use with current information. Please be aware that practitioners' current license(s) and board certification(s) are time-limited and may have changed since the last regular update in April 2015. If you have a concern about a provider to whom you have been referred, please speak with your health care team. If you have a question about care you have already received, please contact the Patient Advocate at your facility.

The Our Doctors feature is available on each of our VA Medical Center sites. Find your Our Doctors list at


* From the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics —