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VA CRADO Kupersmith Steps Down, Leaves VA Research Program Thriving

May 31, 2013—Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Chief Research and Development Officer Joel Kupersmith, M.D., will step down from directing the VA medical and prosthetic research program effective May 31.  After eight years, Dr. Kupersmith has held the position of CRADO longer than any of his predecessors. 

Among other significant accomplishments, Dr. Kupersmith’s tenure is marked by enhancing VA research administration, development of the VA Central institutional review board (IRB), launching the Million Veterans Program (MVP), and overseeing clinical testing of the DEKA robotic arm and the brain-computer interface.

AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., released a May 31 statement on Dr. Kupersmith’s departure stating, “During his eight years at the VA, Dr. Kupersmith advanced medical research on behalf of American veterans as that agency’s longest-serving research director…The AAMC commends Dr. Kupersmith for his many years of service.”

Dr. Kupersmith was formerly an AAMC scholar-in-residence and a site visit chair for the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). He also served as dean of the Texas Tech School of Medicine.

The Friends of VA Medical Care and Health Research (FOVA) presented a tribute  to Dr. Kupersmith, noting “he will be greatly missed by the Executive Committee and membership of FOVA.” The tribute continues, “Under Dr. Kupersmith’s leadership, the research budget grew steadily, allowing the VA to develop and test new methods of conducting research and delivering healthcare.”

The AAMC is a member of the FOVA executive committee.


Matthew Shick, JD
Director, Gov't Relations & Regulatory Affairs
Telephone: 202-862-6116


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