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Program Announcement

History and Purpose

In 1994, the Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) started VA's Advanced Fellowships Program in Health Issues of Women Veterans. There was a growing awareness of the complex health needs of women veterans and the importance of training physicians for academic careers in this specialized field. After a competitive review, OAA selected host fellowship sites based on the medical facility's ability to provide the needed population of women veterans, the strength of its academic program, its ability to provide expert research mentoring, and its commitment to leadership in women veterans health issues.

Program Overview

The Health Issues of Women Veterans Fellowship Program provides two years of post residency, post-doctoral research, education, and clinical learning opportunities to eligible physicians and associated health professionals. Fellows spend approximately 75 percent of their time in research and education and 25 percent in clinical care at 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 research, education, and clinical care in health issues pertaining to women veterans.

Fellowship Requirements

Eligible physicians must have graduated from an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited residency; be board certified or board eligible in internal medicine (or one of its subspecialties), family practice, gynecology, psychiatry, or surgery; and have an active, unrestricted U.S. medical license. They must desire to lead women veterans' healthcare in the 21st century. International medical graduates must also have a current visa to participate in the program and an Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate that is valid indefinitely. Applicants with a J-1 visa must have current ECFMG sponsorship to participate in the program.

Eligible associated health professionals must be a US citizen, demonstrate interest in pursuing a VA career with women’s health as a significant focus, be qualified in a health profession relevant to the health of women Veterans (nurses psychologists, and others), not be simultaneously enrolled an accredited clinical training program, demonstrate interest in pursuing VA career with women’s health as a significant focus and meet the education and licensure requirements listed in the program announcement.


To inquire about the fellowship application process and to learn more about the program, interested candidates should email or write to the site(s) of their choice, including a cover letter and curriculum vitae.

VA Advanced Fellowship in Women’s Health (AFWH) National Coordinating Center

Established in 2013, the VA AFWH National Coordinating Center, also called the HUB, provides support to the 8 fellowship sites around the US. In addition to the main priority of supporting the needs of individual sites, the HUB strives to create a sense of community in women’s health and encourage a community of practice across the sites, among the directors, alumna, fellows, staff and mentors. Please visit the VA AFWH National Coordinating Center website for more information about each of the sites, the fellowship experience and an easy way to submit your application to sites that interest you. Current fellows, directors, alumna, etc. will also find useful information and resources on the website.

VA Fellowship in Womens's Health Fellowship Address List:

Boston, MA
Director: Megan Gerber, MD, MPH 
Co-Director: Amy Street, PhD 
Administrative Officer: Christine Quigley
Medical Director Women's Health
VA Boston Healthcare System
150 S. Huntington Avenue
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Telephone 857-364-5932
Fax 857-364-6686


Research Focus: PTSD and health outcomes, cancer prevention and gender disparities

Madison, WI  
Director: Molly Carnes, M.D.  
Fellowship Program in Health
Issues of Women Veterans (11G)
Wm. S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
2500 Overlook Terrace
Madison, WI 53705
Telephone 608- 256-1901

Research Focus: Please contact site for more details.



Milwaukee, WI  
Co-Director: Akeira Johnson, MD
Co-Director: Kathryn Havens, MD
Co-Director: Colleen Heinkel, PhD
Fellowship Program in Health
Issues of Women Veterans
Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center
5000 W. National Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53295

Telephone 414-384-2000
Fax 414-805-0855


Research focus: Women’s Health Fellows at the Milwaukee VA choose their individual learning plans based on their career goals.  Tracks for MDs include research, education or clinical quality and program development.  Tracks for PhDs include nursing and psychology.  See website for details.

Pittsburgh, PA
Director: Melissa McNeil, M.D., M.P.H.
Co-Director: Sonya Borrero, M.D., M.S.
Fellowship Program in Health
Issues of Women Veterans (11A)
Division of General Internal Medicine
9 West Montefiore Hospital
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Telephone 412-692-4821
Fax 412-692-4825

Research Focus: Candidates can select to concentrate either in medical education or clinical research. Fellows will receive either a master’s degree in medical education or a master’s degree in clinical science. A broad range of educational and research opportunities are available.



San Diego, CA  

Director, Fellowship Program in Health Issues of Women Veterans

Julie L. Kangas, PhD

Meredith Barnes, MD, PhD


VASDHS, Mission Valley CBOC 118z
8810 Rio San Diego Dr
San Diego CA 92108

Telephone: 619-400-5174
Fax: 619-400-5171

Research Focus: Military Sexual Trauma, Interpersonal Trauma, Trauma-Related Guilt, Suicidality, Emotion Dysregulation/Distress Intolerance, Treatment Outcome Predictors  and Women’s health education and the patient aligned care team (patient centered medical home) and their impact on team functioning and efficiency.



San Francisco, CA
Co-Directors Fellowship Program in Health Issues of Women Veterans
Karla Kerlikoske, MS, MD 
Leslee Subak, MD
Sabra Inslicht, PhD
Program Support Assistant: Carla Li 
VA Medical Center
General Internal Medicine (111A1)
4150 Clement Street
San Francisco, CA 94121
Telephone 415-221-4810 X2093
Fax 415-379-5573

Research Focus: Please contact site for more details.

Sepulveda, CA   
Director: Lisa Altman, MD  
Co Directors:
Donna Washington, MD, MPH
Elizabeth Yano, PhD, MSPH
Fellowship Coordinator: Britney Chow, MPH  
Fellowship Program in Health
Issues of Women Veterans (00P-W)
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
16111 Plummer Street 
Sepulveda, CA 91343

Research Focus: Please contact site for more details.



West Haven, CT  

Director: Sally G. Haskell, MD, MS 
Comprehensive Women’s Health,
Women Veteran’s Health Strategic Healthcare Group,
VA Central Office
Associate Professor, Yale University School of Medicine

Co-Director:Cynthia Brandt, MD,MPH
Professor, Yale University School of Medicine

VA Connecticut Healthcare System
950 Campbell Avenue
West Haven, CT  06516

Telephone: 203-932-5711 x 5546
Fax: 203-937-4935

Research Focus:Gender Disparities in Cost, Utilization and  Medical and Mental Health Outcomes after Combat Exposure in Iraq and Afghanistan (The Women Veteran’s Cohort Study).  Medical Informatics.  Chronic Pain in Women Veterans. Gender Disparities in Cardiovascular Risk and Outcomes.
Implementation of Comprehensive Women’s Health in the Veteran’s Health Administration