A partnership of historic proportions. A model for the country.
One of the greatest success stories in American medicine is the enduring partnership between academic institutions and the Veterans Health Administration. Northwestern played a foundational role when that relationship was forged in 1946. Today, through our clinical partner, the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, we continue to care for our veterans, while impacting the practice of medicine through education and discovery.Read the Northwestern Medicine Magazine Article
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In 2018, Major, associate professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and research health scientist at Jesse Brownr, testified before Congress about medical technologies designed to help veterans. Major investigates the relationships between prosthetic device properties and user performance. Hear him testify before Congress.
Pape, research associate professor in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, led a Northwestern Medicine and Hines VA Hospital study that showed the recorded voices of loved ones sharing familiar stories stored in long-term memory can help awaken the unconscious brain and speed recovery from the coma.
As part of a pilot study in 2019 (and still ongoing), Hauser, associate professor of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine, and his colleagues read poetry to VA patients at to elicit memories of their youth and families, reflections on their military experience and ruminations on their illness to gauge how poetry affects their quality of life and healing. Read the Wall Street Journal story.
In 2016, Murphy, assistant professor of Urology and a scientist at the Jesse Brown, was a lead author of a study from Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois at Chicago that was published in Clinical Cancer Research. It found that African-American and European-American men at high risk for prostate cancer have greater odds of being diagnosed with an aggressive form of the disease if they have a vitamin D deficiency. Read more about his study.
LaVela, research associate professor in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and a Department of Veterans Affairs scientist, led a study that included a self-reporting health survey of over 3,000 veterans. This tool may serve as a motivator for some veterans who are hesitant to seek medical care, as well as inform provider interventions.
This innovative relationship — one that transformed the delivery of care to veterans and helped advance the health of the nation — was conceived by Northwestern orthopaedic surgeon Paul B. Magnuson, MD (pictured with President Truman, who speaks here about the importance of the VA). Browse the timeline of this historic partnership below.Read more about Magnuson