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Acting Chief Academic Affiliations Officer Biography


Portrait of Dr. Kathleen Klink 

Kathleen Klink, MD, FAAFP
Acting Chief Academic Affiliations Officer
Veterans Health Administration

Kathleen Klink, M.D., FAAFP is the acting Chief Officer, Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) in the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration where she most recently served as Chief of Health Professions Education. In her role as OAA’s acting Chief Officer she oversees the largest health professions educational portfolio in the nation that includes over 120,000 students and trainees annually in more than forty different health professions. Over 40,000 physician and dental residents train and learn in the VA health system each year.

Dr. Klink contributes to policy formulation, provides subject matter expertise, leadership and guidance in educational initiatives and activities for the VA’s clinical educational programs that have national implications and impact. A key initiative is implementation of the Veterans Access Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 that authorizes and funds 1,500 new graduate medical education positions targeting primary care and mental health specialties in rural and high Veteran need communities. VA health professions education programs, overseen by OAA, lead the nation in creating high quality clinical learning environments through innovative models including interprofessional education and practice, integrated primary care and mental health, advanced nursing education programs such as nurse practitioner residencies, and programs that advance clinical health leadership in needed fields, including quality and patient safety among others. Achieving a diverse and inclusive health care workforce is a priority.

CAREER CHRONOLOGY:

2016 - Present Chief, Health Professions Education, Office of Academic Affiliations, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veteran Affairs, Washington, D.C. 
2015 - 2016 Director, Medical and Dental Education, Office of Academic Affiliations, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veteran Affairs, Washington, D.C.
2014 - 2015 Medical Director, Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care, Washington D.C.
2010 - Present Special Lecturer, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, NY, NY
2010 - 2014 Director, Division of Medicine and Dentistry, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Health Professions
2003 - 2010 Director, Center for Family and Community Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
2003 - 2010 Chief of Service for Family Medicine, New York Presbyterian Hospital
2000 - 2003 Interim Director, Center for Family Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
2000 - 2003 Chief of Service for Family Medicine, New York Presbyterian Hospital
1996 - 2000 Associate Director, Family Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
1997 - 2003 Chief of Service, Family Medicine, Allen Hospital (Presbyterian Hospital), New York, NY
1996 - 2010 Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Center for Family Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
1993 - 1996 Assistant Professor, State University of New York Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn
1988 - 1992 Assistant Attending Physician, Health and Hospitals Corporations, New York City, Coney Island Hospital/Ida B. Israel Community Health Center (CHC), Medical Director 1990 - 1992

EDUCATION:

Fellow, American Academy Family Physicians
Fellowship Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy, Office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
Post graduate training, Family Medicine, Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami, Miami, Florida
Bachelor of Arts University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
Board Certified, Family Medicine

MAJOR PUBLICATIONS:

Publications reflect interests in medical and dental education policies and funding that emphasize access to primary care in underserved communities, trends in federal health workforce and new models of education and care that improve health care quality and outcomes.