A way to thank veterans for their service? Serve them during their time of medical need, says one Michigan Medicine and VA physician in this op-ed.
Sanjay Saint, M.D., MPH
Sanjay Saint, M.D., MPH, is the George Dock Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, the Director of the VA/University of Michigan Patient Safety Enhancement Program and the Chief of Medicine at the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center. His research focuses on preventing health care-associated infection, implementation science and medical decision-making. He has authored more than 275 peer-reviewed papers with nearly 100 appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Lancet or the Annals of Internal Medicine.
He is a Special Correspondent to the New England Journal of Medicine, an editorial board member of the Annals of Internal Medicine and an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI). He received the Mark Wolcott Award for Clinical Excellence as the Department of Veterans Affairs National Physician of the Year. He is also the lead author of a book recently published by Oxford University Press entitled: “Preventing Hospital Infections: Real-World Problems, Realistic Solutions.”
He received his Medical Doctorate from UCLA, completed a medical residency and chief residency at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), and obtained a Masters in Public Health (as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar) from the University of Washington in Seattle. He has been a visiting professor at more than 60 universities and hospitals in the United States, Europe and Japan, and has active research studies underway with investigators in Switzerland, Italy, Japan, Australia and Thailand.
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