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CIVIC HSR&D Center Expert and Stakeholder Forum

The HSR&D Center Expert and Stakeholder Forum (CESF) assists COIN leadership in reviewing progress toward goals and objectives, ensuring that CIVIC’s Strategic Plan continues to be relevant and aligned with the priorities of partners to produce research to improve the health and healthcare of Veterans, and providing input on potential changes to CIVIC operations. The CESF provides input on overcoming unanticipated obstacles, capitalizing on new opportunities, and facilitating dissemination of research products and communications among CIVIC investigators and VA leadership. CIVIC’s CESF includes representatives from each of CIVIC’s operational partners’ offices, VA Portland Health Care System’s primary academic affiliate (Oregon Health & Science University, or OHSU), research content and implementation experts, VA Portland Health Care System Associate Chief of Staff for Research & Development, VA Portland Health Care System Chief of Staff, and several Veterans from the community.

HSR&D Center Expert and Stakeholder Forum Members

Richard R Owen Jr., MD

VA Leader, Committee Chair

Associate Chief of Staff for Research

Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System


Center for Mental Healthcare & Outcomes Research

David M. Cohen, MD

VA Leader

Associate Chief of Staff

Research and Development
VA Portland Health Care System

David Carroll, PhD

VA Leader

Executive Director

Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, VHA

Friedhelm Sandbrink, MD

VA Leader


National Pain Management Program
Washington, DC VA Medical Center

David Ellison, MD

Non-VA Researcher


Oregon Clinical Translational Institute, OHSU

Colonel Michael Burton



USAF (retired)


Community Military Appreciation Committee, Vancouver WA

Benjamin Kligler, MD, MPH

VA Leader

National Director

Integrative Health Coordinating Center
Office of Patient-Centered Care & Cultural Transformation

Todd Korthuis MD, MPH

Non-VA Researcher

Professor of Medicine

Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, OHSU


OHSU Section of Addiction Medicine

Julie C Lowery, PhD, MHSA

VA Leader

Associate Director for Operations

VA Ann Arbor Health Care Center

Implementation Research Coordinator

Center for Clinical Management Research

Jamie Lusk, PhD


Reintegration Counselor

Salem Vet Center

Sahana Misra, MD

VA Leader

Chief of Staff

VA Portland Health Care System

Chris Curry, MD

VA Leader

Chief Medical Officer

VA Northwest Network (VISN 20)