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Geriatrics and Extended Care

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About the Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care Services

GEC Mission

Honor Veterans’ preferences for health, independence, & well-being in the face of aging, disability, or illness by advancing expertise, programs, & partnerships.

GEC Vision

Empowering Veterans and the Nation to rise above the challenges of aging, disability, or serious illness.

GEC Strategic Goals

  1. Provide leadership and oversight for a well-integrated, system-wide continuum of evidence-based, Veteran-centric GEC programs and services to meet the needs of Veterans, families, and their caregivers.
  2. Establish infrastructure and promote the use of data, tools, and continuous quality improvement approaches to ensure personalized, proactive, Veteran-centered care.
  3. Ensure Veterans have reliable access to quality care in facility, community, and home-based settings, delivered by appropriately trained health care professionals, teams, and caregivers. 
  4. Achieve exceptional outcomes including exemplary Veteran, employee, and other stakeholder satisfaction with our programs and services.
  5. Be excellent financial stewards in delivering high-value programs and services through accountability, collaboration, engagement, and alignment of GEC resources with VACO, VISN, medical centers, clinics, and external partners.

Executive Leadership

Dr. Richard Allman

Richard M. Allman, MD
Chief Consultant, Geriatrics & Extended Care Service (10P4G)
Richard M. Allman, MD is the Chief Consultant for Geriatrics and Extended Care Services for the Veterans Health Administration in Washington, DC.  He serves as an ex officio member of the National Institute on Aging Advisory Council. Before becoming Chief Consultant in January 2014, he was the founding director of the Birmingham/Atlanta VA Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC). He also was the Parrish Endowed Professor of Medicine and director of the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care and the Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He served as the principal investigator for the NIA-funded UAB Study of Aging, the Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR), and the UAB component of the Hartford Foundation-funded Southeast Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine (SCEGM). His research has focused on mobility, cardiovascular disease, and health disparities among older adults. Dr. Allman received his MD as an Alpha Omega Alpha honor graduate from West Virginia University (WVU) School of Medicine, where he also completed a residency in internal medicine.  After completing a fellowship in internal medicine and training in clinical epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Allman joined the faculty at UAB in 1986.  Dr. Allman is a board-certified geriatrician, and he was listed annually in Best Doctors in America between 1991 and 2014. He received the 2013 Donald P. Kent Award for leadership and service from the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and the 2013 Joseph T. Freeman Award from the Health Science Section of GSA in recognition of his research.

Dr. Tom Edes

Thomas E. Edes, MD, MS
Executive Director, Geriatrics & Extended Care Operations (10NC4)
Thomas E. Edes, MD, MS, is Executive Director of Geriatrics and Extended Care, for Clinical Operations for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  He has national responsibility for operations and management of VA’s spectrum of Geriatrics & Extended Care services, providing care to our nation’s Veterans with complex, chronic disabling diseases.  Under his leadership since 2000, the number of Veterans receiving Home Based Primary Care has quadrupled, palliative care has become an established program in every VA medical center, and Medical Foster Home has grown from a pilot to a national program in 45 states and growing.  Through his longstanding interests in Home Based Primary Care and analyses of its clinical effectiveness and economic advantages, he has been actively involved in the development of Independence at Home, a component of the Affordable Care Act that began as a Medicare Demonstration of Home Based Primary Care in 2012, providing comprehensive, interdisciplinary, longitudinal care in the homes of persons with serious chronic disabling disease. Prior to taking his current position, Dr. Edes was Chief of Geriatrics and Extended Care at the Harry S Truman Memorial VA Medical Center and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Missouri in Columbia.  There he was instrumental in developing Geriatric Evaluation and Management inpatient and outpatient programs, Subacute Care and Hospice units, a Geriatric Fellowship program, and the Advanced Disease Planning initiative.  He was Medical Director of the VA Nursing Home Care Unit and the Home Based Primary Care program.  Dr. Edes served as Associate Director of the 1995 White House Conference on Aging Office, and served for the Secretary on the Policy Committee for the 2005 White House Conference on Aging.  He was instrumental in the VA End of Life Care initiative, and was a project manager for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement MediCaring collaborative on improving care for persons with advanced chronic disease.  His research interests included clinical nutrition, cancer detection and prevention, enhancing outcomes in home care, end of life care, and improving care for persons with chronic disabling disease. Dr. Edes received his MD degree and MS degree in Nutrition from the University of Illinois in 1981. He holds board certification in Internal Medicine and in Geriatric Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Nutrition. In 2010, Dr. Edes was elected as President of the American Academy of Home Care Physicians.