VA Center for Innovation



The VA Innovation Fellows program selects innovators from the Federal Government—either within VA or even from another agency or department—to focus on high priority areas of opportunity. This also includes Senior Fellows when the person belongs to the Senior Executive Service.

The Entrepreneur-in-Residence program allows VA to recruit private sector leaders and visionaries in specific fields of interest to VA in pursuit of greater quality, access, Veteran satisfaction, and cost containment.

Learn more about the exciting work our fellows are doing through the Fellows Blog.

Senior Fellows:

  • Adam Darkins, MD, Chief Consultant for Telemedicine, VHA
  • Peter Almenoff, MD, FCCP, Director of the Quality and Safety Analytics Center (QSAC), the Inpatient Evaluation Center (IPEC), and the Office of Productivity, Efficiency, and Staffing (OPES)

Entrepreneurs in Residence:

  • Doug Trauner, CEO and founder of Health Analytic Services, Inc. and Co-chair of the FCC mHealth Task Force
  • Craig Newmark, "Nerd in Residence", founder of craigslist and craigconnects
  • Rick Avila, Senior Advisor to the VA CIO and founder of the Give a Scan project

Past Fellows:

  • Dave Chokshi, MD, MSc, consultant for public health and health care delivery