Research - San Francisco VA Health Care System
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San Francisco VA Health Care System



The San Francisco VA Health Care System has a large, well-funded research and development program including studies in:

  • Biomedical research
  • Health services
  • Clinical and cooperative studies
  • Rehabilitation

We are currently the largest funded research program in the Veterans Health Administration with:

  • More than $81 million in annual research expenditures.
  • More than 220 Principal Investigators.
  • More than 900 active research projects.

Areas of research include:

  • Advanced Medical Imaging
  • Aging/Geriatrics
  • Addictions (AUD/SUD)
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • COVID19
  • 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:

  • SFVA National Center for the Imaging of Neurological Diseases (CIND)
  • Million Veterans Program (MVP)
  • SFVA Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education (CoEPCE)
  • SFVA Epilepsy Center of Excellence
  • SFVA Center for Infectious Diseases
  • National Center for Cardiac Surgery
  • National Center for Renal Dialysis
  • SFVA Center of Excellence in Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD)
  • Center for Advanced Neurosurgical Operative Procedures (CanOp)
  • Hepatitis C Research and Education Center
  • Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC)
  • Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Center (PADRECC)
  • Western Pacemaker and AICD Surveillance Program
  • Womens Comprehensive Health Center

We are partnered 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.


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