Office of Research & Development

New Technology Transfer Staff

Heather J. Patterson

Heather J. Patterson Heather J. Patterson

Heather began her VA career in 2014. Since this time she has served at the Asheville, NC, Baltimore, MD, and Washington, DC VA Medical Facilities. While working at the facility level, she deliberately set about gaining a ground-up understanding of a wide variety of departments and programs, and has subsequently worked in Mental Health Service, Home Based Primary Care, Public Affairs, Patient Advocate, Voluntary Services, Surgery & Anesthesia, Quality Management, and the Executive Office, arriving at the VA Central Office in 2017 to support the Deputy-Under Secretary for Health for Policy and Services.

Heather earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, Europe, is a graduate of the VA Leadership Academy, and serves as a VA Certified Mentor.

Prior to joining VA, Heather founded a concrete producing company in Colorado, taught entrepreneurship to disadvantaged persons in South Africa, worked for a professional bullfighter in Portugal, raced motocross motorcycles and sprint cars, and served in the US Army as a Drill Sergeant. She currently races her sailboat in the Chesapeake Bay.

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