Office of Research & Development

VA Researchers Who Served

VA researchers who servedQ&As with VA investigators who served in the military about what inspired their military and research careers, and how their work today is helping their fellow Veterans

Dr. Rory Coooper Dr. Rory Cooper
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System  

"After my injury, I had to plot a new course in life. I don't think that it matters anymore. I've found my calling...."

Dr.  Ronald Riechers Dr. Ronald Riechers
Louis Stokes VA Medical Center  

"Whether it is simply having the shared experience of shining and wearing combat boots, carrying a rucksack, eating a ready-to-eat meal, or having seen the acute effects of an IED...all of these experiences provide familiarity to patients and can be key to establishing rapport."

Dr. Dennis Stevens Dr. Dennis Stevens
Boise VA Medical Center  

"Being a Veteran has improved my compassion for other Veterans and has provided more insight into current and future needs for our Veterans."

Dr. Mary Jo Pugh Dr. Mary Jo Pugh
South Texas Veterans Health Care System  

"Being a Veteran definitely fuels my passion to find answers."

Dr. Arnold Postlethwaite Dr. Arnold Postlethwaite
Memphis VA Medical Center  

"Being a Vet myself creates a connection to Veterans that is different from the connections I have to patients who are not Veterans."

April Ahrendt April Ahrendt
Sioux Falls VA Health Care System  

"I feel that being a Vet gives me some insight into military-connected health conditions that need more research for prevention and treatment."

April Ahrendt Dr. Paul Arthur
North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System  

"It is an extraordinary task to pull Veterans from the military mindset of 'adapt and overcome.'"

Dr. Frank Greco Dr. Frank Greco
Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital  

"My research involves applying mathematical and physical methods to solve medical problems."

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