David Atkins, MD, MPH
Director, HSR&D, US Department of Veterans Affairs

Dr. Atkins has been intricately involved in guiding an innovative transformation within HSR&D that focuses on collaborative research through the CREATE (Collaborative Research to Enhance and Advance Transformation and Excellence) initiative and the new Centers of Innovation (COINs). CREATEs are a group of coordinated research projects conducted in a focused research area by collaborating investigators that coordinate with one or more VA partners. Currently funded CREATEs address high-priority issues for Veterans and the VA healthcare system, such as evidence-based therapies for PTSD, improving quality and safety through PACTs, long-term care, pain management and patient-aligned care, promoting value and access in substance use disorder services, and women Veterans' healthcare. COINs are the new evolution of the HSR&D Centers of Excellence, and will also emphasize collaborative research.