Director, Geriatrics & Extended Care
Office of Clinical Operations
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420
Thomas E. Edes, MD, MS, is director of Geriatrics and Extended Care for Clinical Operations for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). He has national responsibility for operations and management of VA’s spectrum of services, providing care to our nation’s veterans with complex, chronic disabling diseases in all settings, including geriatric clinics, adult day health care, home-based primary care, purchased skilled home care, veteran-directed home care, homemaker/home health aide, respite care, dementia care, and various residential care settings, among others.
Under his leadership since 2000, the number of veterans receiving home-based primary care has tripled, palliative care has become an established program in every VA medical center, and medical foster home care has grown from a pilot to a national program in 33 states. Prior to taking this position at VA Headquarters, he was chief of geriatrics and extended care at the Harry S. Truman Memorial VA Medical Center and associate professor of medicine at the University of Missouri in Columbia. There he was instrumental in developing geriatric evaluation and management inpatient and outpatient programs, subacute care and hospice units, a geriatric fellowship program, and the advanced disease planning initiative. He was medical director of the VA Nursing Home Care Unit and the Home-Based Primary Care program.
Dr. Edes served as associate director of the 1995 White House Conference on Aging Office, and served for the secretary on the Policy Committee for the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. He was instrumental in the VA End of Life Care initiative, and was a project manager for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement MediCaring collaborative on improving care for persons with advanced chronic disease.
Dr. Edes received his MD degree and MS degree in nutrition from the University of Illinois in 1981. He holds board certification in internal medicine and in geriatric medicine, and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Nutrition. In 2010, Dr. Edes was elected as president of the American Academy of Home Care Physicians.