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Chief Academic Affiliations Officer Biography

In Memoriam - Chief Officer 2014 - 2017

Portrait of  Robert L. Jesse, M.D., Ph.D. 

Robert L. Jesse, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Academic Affiliations Officer

Veterans Health Administration

Robert L. Jesse, M.D., Ph.D. is the Chief Academic Affiliations Officer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, in Washington DC, where he oversees the largest health professions education program in the United States, including over 120,000 trainees annually in more than 40 different health professions.

Dr. Jesse has been a leader in the development of clinical policies and programs for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the Nation’s largest integrated health care system. In addition to its medical care mission, VHA is the Nation's largest provider of graduate medical education and a major contributor to medical and scientific research.


2014 - 2017 Chief Academic Affiliations Officer, Veterans Health Administration
2014 - 2014 Acting Under Secretary for Health
2010 - 2014 Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Health
Previous Chief Consultant for Medical Surgical Services in VA’s Office of Patient Care Services
  VA's National Program Director for Cardiology
  Chief of the Cardiology Section at the Richmond VA Medical Center
  Director of the Acute Cardiac Care Program at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Health System


Dr. Jesse received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire in 1974 and later worked as a research associate at the Harvard School of Public Health. In 1980, he earned his Ph.D. in Biophysics at the Medical College of Virginia, followed by his M.D. in 1984, completing both his Residency and Cardiology fellowship there.


Dr. Jesse is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine with specialty boards in Cardiovascular Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and has served as a Governor for the College. He is also a Fellow of the American Heart Association and is on the Board of Trustees for the Society for Cardiovascular Care. Holds the rank of tenured Professor of Internal Medicine/Cardiology within the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System.


Dr. Jesse has published widely in areas of acute cardiac care, systems management and quality in health care. His basic research has focused on platelet physiology and cardiac biomarkers.