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Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VAMC


Research and Development

About Us

Dorn VAMC has an active research and development program, including studies in cardiology, oncology, endocrinology, post-traumatic stress disorder, health services research and nurse staffing, all of which enhance our ability to provide state-of-the-art care to our Veteran patients. There are currently more than 30 researchers conducting research at the medical center, with 71 active protocols in 2015. Budget allocation to date for all these projects is $2,879,459.

Dorn VAMC also has an affiliated non-profit research foundation, the Dorn Research Institute, Inc., or DRI The DRI was formed in 1997 and facilitates VA-approved research projects for VA researchers. DRI is dedicated to enhancing health care for veterans by utilizing its ability to obtain resources from a variety of sources otherwise unavailable to the VA.

Our research is veteran-focused and provides our clinicians with the ability to develop and implement new therapies. Through our research we offer our patients hope and the best quality, evidence-based care available.




K. Sue Haddock, Ph.D, ACOS/R&D
Office: (803) 776.4000, ext. 6670
Fax: (803) 695-7969

Lawrence Peck, Administrative Officer
Office: (803) 776.4000, ext. 6632
Fax: (803) 695-6829

Kathy Marchant-Miros, IRB Administrator
Office: (803) 776.4000, ext. 6005
Fax: (803) 695-6829

William V. Stinney, Research Compliance Officer
Office: (803) 776-4000 x4036
Fax: (803) 685-6829

Elliot Gibson, IACUC Coordinator
Office: (803) 776-4000 x4453>
Fax: (803) 685-6829>

Gloria Goodwyn, Budget Analyst
Office: (803) 695-6773
Fax: (803) 695-6829

Rafael Fernandez, Program Assistant
Office: (803) 695-6825
Fax: (803) 695-6829



Current Projects

Dorn VA Research and Development conducts studies in the following areas:

  • Oncology
  • Endocrinology
  • Kidney disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Drug trials
  • Heart failure
  • Mental health
  • Healthcare delivery
  • Nursing staffing

The WJB Dorn VA Medical Center is one of 50 VAMCs selected across the nation to serve as an enrollment site for the Million Veteran Program or (MVP) (, a research program that will help us better understand how genes affect Veterans’ health and illness. MVP is a voluntary, national research program that collects genetic and health information to help lead to new ways of preventing and treating illness. MVP aims to be one of the largest programs of genes and health in the US, with the anticipated enrollment of one million Veterans.

A recent study aims to improve the symptom management of chemotherapy patients after treatment. It is sponsored by the DAISY Foundation and is largely developed by nurses here at Dorn VA Medical Center. The Foundation awards research grants for studies on quality of care for patients with auto-immune diseases and cancer. All of these studies are nurse driven and focus on improving patient experience and that of the patient’s family. Dorn has been awarded $5,000 grant for this project.

Another current study evaluates the efficacy of prolonged glucocorticoid treatment on short-term and long-term health outcomes among Veteran patients admitted to the ICU with severe community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). The VA is uniquely suited to conduct this multisite program.

In total, there are 71 active projects in the department, 21 of which are funded and receive substantial grant support. Many of the projects are long-term and yield continuous research data. Funded projects have been allocated to date over $2,879,459 in grant funding. Please find more financial information below:




Dorn VA encourages researchers from the academic and professional community to get involved with our projects and learn more about conducting research in WJB Dorn VA Medical Center.

Researchers are also encouraged to refer to Dorn Research Institute as an additional source of information on conducting research. DRI is a non-profit dedicated to facilitating research by principal investigators seeking non-VA funding.

Please review the Investigator Packet to find information on the procedures for becoming Principal Investigator (PI).

Investigator Packet

For information about participating in a clinical trial at the Dorn VA Medical Center please call Dr. Sue Haddock at (803) 776-4000 x 6670.