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Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC)


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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

Colonel Michael Burton



USAF (retired)


Community Military Appreciation Committee, Vancouver WA

David M. Cohen, MD

VA Leader

Associate Chief of Staff

Research and Development
VA Portland Health Care System

Chris Curry, MD

VA Leader

Chief Medical Officer

VA Northwest Network (VISN 20)

David Ellison, MD

Non-VA Researcher


Oregon Clinical Translational Institute, OHSU

Nicki Hastings, MD, MHS

VA Researcher


Durham VA Health Care System

Todd Korthuis MD, MPH

Non-VA Researcher

Professor of Medicine

Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, OHSU


OHSU Section of Addiction Medicine

Jamie Lusk, PhD


Reintegration Counselor

Salem Vet Center

Marsden McGuire, MD, MBA

VA Leader


Continuum of Care and General Mental Health
Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
VA Central Office

Sahana Misra, MD

VA Leader

Chief of Staff

VA Portland Health Care System

Richard R Owen Jr., MD

VA Leader

Associate Chief of Staff for Research

Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System


Center for Mental Healthcare & Outcomes Research

Friedhelm Sandbrink, MD

VA Leader


National Pain Management Program
Washington, DC VA Medical Center

Tamara Schult, PhD, MPH


Health System Specialist

Employee Whole Health
Veterans Health Administration