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San Francisco VA Health Care System runs the largest competitively funded research program in the Veterans Health Administration with $91.3 million in research expenditures in FY2023. Our world-renowned and cutting-edge research program has close to 300 principal investigators and over 1,000 active research projects.

Notable Areas of Research

  • Advanced Medical Imaging
  • Aging/Geriatrics
  • Addictions (AUD/SUD)
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • COVID-19
  • Diabetes
  • Health services research, including big data
  • HEP-C
  • Hypertension
  • Kidney Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Lung Disease
  • Memory and dementia
  • Neuroscience of Disease
  • Oncology, including prostate and breast cancer
  • Pain Management
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Stroke
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Telemedicine
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

We are home to the following Special Research Programs and National Centers for Excellence:

We partner with the Northern California Institute of Research and Education (NCIRE), a private, non-profit, research corporation, which administers VA-approved research and related education funding.

Research Studies

SFVA has numerous research opportunities for Veterans. Learn more here.

For more information, contact:

Jennifer Mitchell, PhD

Interim Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development

San Francisco VA Health Care System