Robin Hurley, MD, FANPA, professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine and radiology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and associate chief of staff, research and academic affairs at W.G. (Bill) Hefner Salisbury Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, has been named the research lead of the Veterans Integrated Service Network 6 (VISN 6) of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), part of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The VISN 6 – one of 21 VISNs – is comprised of seven Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMCs), 32 community-based outpatient clinics, five health care centers and two free-standing dialysis clinics located throughout North Carolina and Virginia. As research lead for VISN 6, Hurley will focus on creating partnerships for the VISN-level research community, increasing collaborations with medical schools in North Carolina and Virginia and developing grant funding infrastructure and leadership. Additionally, Hurley will mentor the next generation of VISN 6 researchers and serve as the VISN-level consultant for research questions and consultation.
Hurley will continue to serve as the associate director, education of the VISN 6 Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center and as the academic affiliations officer of VISN 6.
The VHA serves 9 million enrolled veterans each year. VAMCs provide a wide range of services including traditional hospital-based services such as surgery, critical care, mental health, orthopaedics, oncology, pharmacy, radiology and physical therapy.