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Veterans Medical Research Foundation

Contact Information

Name: Maria Sittmann

Title: Executive Director/CEO

Tel: 858-642-3070   


Veterans Medical Research Foundation

3350 La Jolla Village Drive (151A)

Building 13

San Diego, CA 92161

Affiliated Medical Center

VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System (VASNHS)

Total Number of Unique Patients: 232,910

Research Square Feet: 128,609

Number of Principal Investigators: 139

Major Areas of Research

  • Afghanistan & Iraq Veterans
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular Dis-ease
  • Caregivers
  • Complementary and Integrative Health
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal Health
  • Genomics
  • Gulf War Veterans
  • Healthcare Delivery
  • Health Equity
  • Hearing Loss
  • Hepatitis C
  • Homelessness
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Kidney Disease
  • Mental Health
  • Obesity
  • Pain Management
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Post-traumatic Stress (PTSD)
  • Prosthetics
  • Respiratory Health
  • Rural Health
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Vietnam Veterans
  • Vision Loss
  • Women's Health
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Alcoholism
  • Addiction Diseases, etc.

Brief Description

The Veterans Medical Research Foundation (VMRF) is a not-for-profit research corporation, dedicated to its vision that every Veteran will receive the finest research-based care. VMRF's purpose is to promote biomedical and health services research through comprehensive research resource management.

VMRF was established in 1989 as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization located on the grounds of the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS). VMRF is one of the top three largest of 83 active VA Foundations, with an annual budget of $20 million in fiscal year 2016 and a staff of approximately 170 employees. VMRF works closely with the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) and VA Southern California (VASNHS); VMRF administered research is conducted at the VASDHS and VASNHS and benefits from thorough VA review and compliance processes.

VMRF is the only San Diego research entity focusing on improving health care for Veterans. Working in partnership with our physicians and scientists, VMRF provides world-class medical research designed to benefit our Veterans which in turn also benefit the population as a whole. Veterans Medical Research Foundation research breakthroughs in shingles prevention, smallpox, alcoholism, post-traumatic stress and heart disease have all been extended to the general population.

VMRF's mission is to enhance the health of veterans of all generations through research and education. Those who courageously serve in our nation's military deserve exceptional care.

1717 K ST NW Suite 900

Washington, DC 20006

202-951-7701  |

FEIN: 52-1784596

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