Fellowships

Developing Healthcare Leaders of Tomorrow

Apply Here When Fellowship Applications Open June – August

Our Mission


Fellowship by the Numbers

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14

NATIONAL AWARDS

Independently Conferred to Fellows

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80 %

PROFESSIONAL ADVANCEMENT

After Fellowship

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30

PARTNERSHIP COLLABORATIONS

With Industry/Academia




Meet the 2022 VHA Innovation Fellows

2022 Senior Innovation Fellow
Dr. Cory Fominaya

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Past Fellows

  Suzanne Shirley
  • 2020 Arthur S. Flemming Award
  • G2Xchange Disruptive Technology
  • G2X Change Agent Award
  • American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) Igniting Innovation Award - VHA Health Hackathons: Top 40 Finalist
  • American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) Igniting Innovation Award – Remote Temperature Monitoring for the Prevention of diabetic Foot Ulcers
  • 2021 Service to the Citizen™

  • Began career in Clinical Social Worker at Richmond VAMC.
  • Fellowship Project: Developed partnership strategy that targets academic and industry communities in collaborative problem solving and testing of early-stage solutions.
  • Launched enterprise-wide Diabetic Limb Loss initiative.
  • Currently serves as the Director of Fellowships and Community Engagement.

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  • Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals
  • Gears of Government
  • Federal Health Innovation and Technology (FEDHEALTHIT) Award
  • COVID-19 Hero Award Initiative (CHAI)
  • Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) for Technology Transfer - COVID-19 Award
  • 2021 Service to the Citizen™

  • Began career as a Radiologist at VAMC.
  • Fellowship Project: Initiated collaborations to promote individualized patient care through 3D- printing.
  • Awarded the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal in Science and Environment Award for creating a 3D-printing network that allowed doctors to examine models of patient organs and tissues prior to treatment.
  • Currently serves as the Deputy Chief Officer of Healthcare Innovation and Learning.

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  • Federal Health Innovation and Technology (FEDHEALTHIT) Award

  • Began career as a Counseling Psychologist at St. Louis VA Healthcare System.
  • Fellowship Project: Launched Data Democratization project to increase equitable healthcare outcomes, promote mental health, and catalyze a learning healthcare system.
  • Currently serves as the Clinical Data Specialist for Care and Transformational Initiatives in the VHA Innovation Ecosystem where she leads the development of a cloud-based self-service data analytics platform.

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  • Began career as a Prosthetist at VA Puget Sound Health Care System.
  • Fellowship Project: Piloted a model to provide mobile Prosthetics & Orthotic specialty services to VA community clinics and patient homes.
  • His model is now adopted as an Enterprise-Wide Initiative.
  • Currently serves as the National Program Coordinator for Mobile Prosthetics and Orthotics Care (MoPOC).

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  • Began career as a Cardiologist at VAMC.
  • Fellowship Project: Developing a device for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) to improve health outcomes for veterans suffering from the condition.
  • Testing a custom-fit mouthguard that uses computer assisted design and a 3D printing workflow.
  • Currently serves as a Cardiologist at VA Boston Health Care System.

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  • Began career as a Vascular Surgeon at the Central Virginia VA Health Care System.
  • Fellowship Project: Developing a mentorship project to engage 3D Printing (3DP) clinical stakeholders in the VHA 3DP Network to create a curriculum and quality assurance processes.
  • Currently serves as the Chief of Vascular Surgery and CRQA Program Director at Central VA Health Care System.

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  • Began career as Vascular Surgeon at DC VAMC.
  • Fellowship Project: Utilizing 3D Printing (3DP) to design a new tool called the Guidewire Retraction housing Device (RHoD) which enhances clinical outcomes and efficiencies.
  • Received a patent for the tool and is working on testing it for real-world impact.
  • Currently serves as a Vascular Surgeon at VAMC.

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  • Began career as Clinical Cardiologist at VAMC.
  • Fellowship Project: Developing clinical and operational processes to expand tele-cardiology services.
  • Leading the design of a digital health platform and various partnerships to better understand veterans’ experiences.
  • Currently serves as the Director of Digital Cardiology and Vascular Medicine at the Atlanta VAMC.

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  • Began career as a Research Biologist at VAMC.
  • Fellowship Project: Launching VA-Uber Health Connect Program by deploying a ride-sourcing platform to address transportation barriers in partnership between the VA and Uber Health Rideshare Services.
  • Currently serves as an Innovation Specialist at the Memphis VA Medical Centers where she leads innovation strategy through collaboration with teams across the service lines and large business segments to improve Veterans’ health outcomes.

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  • Began career as a Staff Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon at Jesse Brown VAMC.
  • Fellowship Project: Developing the Immediate Dental Implant Loading Protocol to modernize dental implant placement.
  • Working on offering eligible Veterans implant-retained prothesis in a single appointment.
  • Currently serves as the Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center.




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Suzanne Shirley, LCSW

Director of Community Engagement & Fellowships

"The Fellowships Program has given VHA employees opportunities to implement wide-spread change across VHA by developing a thriving community of cross-sector leaders and fostering growth. Their actions inspire others to strive to innovate, collaborate, and accomplish more together for our Veterans."