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NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute is the leading private nonprofit institute devoted to Veterans health research in the United States. Our mission is to advance Veterans health through research.

We support the work of some of the nation's foremost physicians and scientists at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the premier biomedical research facility in the VA system. All have faculty appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, which has its own proud traditions of research and patient care. We also partner with the U.S. Department of Defense to support health research on behalf of our men and women in the Armed Forces.

Those who have served in uniform have given their best for their country. In return, we believe that they deserve nothing less than the best health care research we can provide.

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Louise C. Walter, MD

Staff Physician, Geriatrics Service, SFVAHCS
Professor of Medicine, UCSF


Cancer Screening in Elderly Patients: A Framework for Individualized Decision-making

Dr. Walter is a clinician-researcher who is a national leader in evaluating the real-world risks and benefits of cancer screening in older patients.  Her experience as a doctor caring for older patients informs her research. She has often said "the advantage of being a clinician-researcher is that you know what would really help improve the care of your patients, so you know what questions to ask in your research." Dr. Walter's research is focused on how age and health affect the outcomes of cancer screening to better inform individualized screening decisions.  Dr. Walter is Principal Investigator on a National Cancer Institute R01 grant to determine the downstream consequences of prostate-specific antigen screening in older veterans and Principal Investigator on a K24 mentoring award from the National Institute on Aging. She is Associate Director of the UCSF CTSI Career Development (KL2) Program and Chief of the UCSF-SFVAMC Division of Geriatrics.

To learn more about Dr. Walter and her work, click here.

To see Dr. Walter on Pub Med, click here.