Office of Academic Affiliations
VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D)
History and Purpose
In 1991, the Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) started VA's Advanced Fellowships Program in Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D). A broad array of concerns was challenging health care delivery in VA and the nation. These concerns ranged from issues involving approaches for incorporating patient perspectives in decision making to quality, cost, and measurement issues. Few physicians had the training in health services research needed to address these critical issues, and the need for such trained physicians was increasingly dramatically. In response, OAA started the HSR&D Fellowship Program to develop a cadre of physicians with health services expertise for the VA healthcare system and to foster the development of high quality health services research and development at local and national levels.
In 2013, VA HSR&D superseded the HSR&D Centers of Excellence program with 19 new Centers of Innovation (COINs) to advance research through innovations and partnerships with key stakeholders in the VHA healthcare system. The launch of the COINs represents a significant transformation in the mission and objectives of the HSR&D Centers program. A unique feature of the COINs is that they include one or more focused areas of research that address questions of significance to VHA by engaging VHA clinical and operational partners, often executive decision makers, in the research activities of COINs.
The re-invention and re-focus of these HSR&D Advanced Fellowship host sites will offer unique opportunities for OAA Advanced Fellows. It is anticipated that experiences with stakeholder engagement, innovation, and system impact will better position fellows to contribute to areas of vital importance to VHA in the emerging healthcare environment.
This fellowship program seeks to apply the content expertise, mentoring, and educational infrastructure at selected COIN sites to provide advanced interprofessional training opportunities for physicians and associated health professionals in innovative health services research, implementation science, and healthcare system improvement.
The fellowship provides two years of post-residency, post-doctoral research, education, and clinical learning opportunities to eligible physicians and associated health/nursing professionals. Fellows spend approximately 75 percent of their time in research and education and 25 percent in clinical care at competitively selected VA sites. Mentors of national stature provide guidance to fellows in rich learning environments. Graduates are expected to be role models in leading, developing, conducting, and evaluating innovative health services research in a variety of clinical settings including VHA and other healthcare institutions that seek to improve care for Veterans and the Nation.
Program details and application procedures:
To inquire about the application process and to learn more about the program, interested physicians should write to the site of their choice and send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to that site.
Health Services Research Fellowship Address List
|Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital (Bedford)/VA Boston Healthcare System (Boston).|
|Co-Director (Corresponding), PhD Post Doctorate Program: Karen Quigley, PhD
Co-Director, PhD Post Doctorate Program: James Burgess, PhD
Co-Director, MD Post Doctorate Program: Steven Simon, MD, MPH
Co-Director, MD Post Doctorate Program: Ann Borzecki, MD, MPH
Research Focus: Fellowship faculty has a broad array of interests that center on studies to assess and improve the quality and access to VA healthcare. Priority areas include patient-centered care, organizational transformation and culture change, implementation of evidence-based practice, care coordination, public health communication, medication optimization and effectiveness, and mental health recovery. The program is designed to develop and enhance skills in conducting health services research toward the goal of becoming an independently funded researcher. Senior investigators serve as mentors, guiding fellows in the application and use of health services research methods, quantitative and qualitative analysis methods, implementation science methods, and the design and conduct of clinical trials involving health service innovations.
|VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
|Co-Director: Debra Saliba, MD, MPH
Co-Director: Melissa Farmer, PhD
|Sepulveda Campus Address:
16111 Plummer Street Building 25 (152)
North Hills, CA 91343
West Los Angeles Campus Address:
11301 Wilshire Blvd
West Los Angeles, CA 90073
Research Focus: The Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy focuses on implementation, observational and intervention research on provider behavior, quality improvement, collaborative care models and assessments of organizational factors related to quality. Strategic program areas include vulnerable populations, primary care, women’s health, genetics mental health and emergency management.
|Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (Houston)
|Co-Director: Aanand Naik, MD
Co-Director: LeChauncy Woodard, MD, MPH
Co-Director: Sylvia Hysong, PhD
2002 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX 77030
Research Focus: Our site offers a multidisciplinary immersion in team science approaches to health services research. Mentors are drawn from all four scientific programs at IQuESt: Health Decision-Making & Communication, Clinical Epidemiology & Comparative Effectiveness, Behavioral Health & Implementation, and Health Policy, Quality & Informatics as well as the Houston CREATE, South Central MIRECC, Patient Safety Center of Inquiry, and VA Quality Scholars Coordinating Center. We offer didactics at IQuESt and courses at the Baylor College of Medicine, Clinical Scientist Training Program and University of Texas, School of Public Health.
|James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital (Tampa)/Malcom Randall VA Medical Center (Gainesville)
8900 Grand Oaks Circle
Tampa FL 33637-1022
1601 SW Archer Rd. (151B)
Gainesville, FL 32608
Research Focus: CINDRR is dedicated to conducting research that identifies, develops, and tests strategies for improving Veteran rehabilitation services across the continuum of care and providing long term support for Veterans with disabilities and their families, including issues related to access, utilization, cost, quality, and health outcomes. Areas of particular interest include Virtual and Technology Based Care; Informatics Research and Analytics; and Implementation Science.
|VA Portland Health Care System
|Co-Director: Linda Ganzini, MD, MPH
Co-Director: Kathleen Carlson, PhD, MS
Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC)
VA Portland Health Care System (R&D 66)
3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Road
Portland, OR 97239
Research Focus: The focus of CIVIC research is to improve Veterans' experiences with VA mental healthcare by enhancing the active participation of Veterans' and their supports in mental health treatment, with a particular focus on optimizing communication and collaboration with clinicians, self-management, and continuity of care. CIVIC investigators conduct research on mental health conditions, including posttraumatic stress disorder, chronic pain, suicide, psychiatric disorders in cancer patients, substance abuse, chronic opiate use, and traumatic brain injury, and cross-cutting topics including health disparities, clinician-patient communication, and health care informatics. Fellows may pursue individualized training tracks in these or other areas of scientific investigation, as well as in evidence synthesis or clinical innovation involving patient safety improvements.
Minneapolis VA Health Care System
|Co-Director: Diana Burgess, PhD
Co-Director: Timothy Wilt, MD, MPH
Minneapolis VA Health Care System
One Veterans Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Research Focus: The primary objective of the Center for Chronic Disease Outcome Research (CCDOR) is to optimize patient engagement in and provider use of evidence-based practices. Our areas of emphasis are PTSD, cancer prevention and high value cancer screening, and chronic pain. CCDOR also has particular strengths in TBI/polytrauma and in the following cross-cutting areas: systematic reviews, new statistical methods, and health disparities.
|Providence VA Medical Center|
|Co-Director: Amal Trivedi, MD
Co-Director: Kerry LaPlante, PharmD
Program Coordinator: Dawn Mello
401-273-7100 x2339 or 401-874-5560
Providence VA Medical Center
830 Chalkstone Avenue
Research Building 32
Providence, RI 02908
Research Focus: Improving quality of care and outcomes for aging and vulnerable Veterans, particularly those receiving long-term services and supports; optimizing the appropriate use and safety of pharmaceuticals; and redesigning health care delivery systems for chronically-ill Veterans
|VA Puget Sound Health Care System (Seattle)
|Co-Director: Bessie Young, MD, MPH
Co-Director: Karin Nelson, MD, MSHS
Co-Director: Chuan-Fen Liu, PhD, MPH
Fellowship Coordinator: Mary Little
1660 S. Columbian Way
Seattle, WA 98108 (S-152)
Research Focus: This Center's mission is to conduct outstanding health services research that promotes Veteran-centered and value-driven care, generate and disseminate knowledge that contributes to the well-being of Veterans, partner with VA policy and operational leaders to implement research findings into clinical care, and train the next generation of health services researchers and leaders.
|VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System|
|Co-Director: Julie Lowery, PhD
Co-Director: Michele Heisler, MD
2215 Fuller Road
Ann Arbor MI 48105
Research Focus: (1.) Developing and promoting Veteran-centered and personalized decision-support tools and performance measures that increase appropriateness of care; (2.) Developing, implementing, and evaluating systems-based approaches to improve safety and outcomes for our most vulnerable, high-risk, and complex patients; and (3.) Using innovative approaches to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of patient self-management and treatment engagement.
|VA Palo Alto Health Care System
|Co-Director: Ruth Cronkite, MS, PhD
Co-Director: Douglas Owens, MD
Co-Director: Steven Asch, MD, MPH
|650 493-5000 option 1, option 2, x22811
650 493-5000 1,2 x23436
650 493-5000 1,2 x23476
VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Center for Innovation to Implementation (152MPD)
795 Willow Rd.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Research Focus: High value health care in mental health and medical subspecialties, Health services research methods and application, Training Objectives: Provide didactic and project-based training in health services research; Provide training in implementation science and systems redesign for high value care; Provide training and experience to enable fellows to work effectively with operational partners.
|VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System (Denver)
|Co-Director: Catherine Battaglia, PhD, RN
Co-Director: Allan Prochazka, MD, MSc
Co-Director: Michael Ho, MD, PhD
303-399-8020, ext. 2144
Denver CO 80220
Research Focus: The Center focuses on Veterans with complex chronic conditions and has broad research goals that include: (1.) Improving patients' experiences across community and healthcare settings, and (2.) Advancing the science of providing the highest quality medical care per cost of care.
|Durham VA Medical Center|
|Co-Director: David Edelman, MD
Co-Director: Corrine Voils, PhD
919-286-0411 ext 5196
Research Focus: Please contact site for more details.
|Philadelphia VA Medical Center/VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System|
|Co-Director: Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD
Co-Director: Galen Switzer, PhD
Associate Director: Michael Fine, MD, MSc
Associate Director: Said Ibrahim, MD, MPH
Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion
Philadelphia VA Medical Center
3900 Woodland Avenue
Annex Suite 202
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
University Drive (151C)
Pittsburgh, PA 15240
Research Focus: The primary focus of CHERP research is to improve the quality and equity of health and health care for a broad range of vulnerable populations (e.g., racial and ethnic minorities, women, the homeless, those with diminished autonomy, sexual orientation and gender minorities). We also support 2 additional research foci designed to: (1) improve the effectiveness, safety, and value of clinical therapeutics (i.e., medications, procedures); and (2) apply the principles and techniques of behavioral economics to improve the health and health care of Veterans and other populations.
|VA Connecticut Healthcare System (West Haven) NEW
|Co-Director: Rani A. Hoff, PhD, MPH
Co-Director: Lori Bastian, MD, MPH
950 Campbell Ave.
West Haven CT 06516
Research Focus: Pain, Informatics, Multimorbidities, and Women’s Health