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The Atlanta Research & Education Foundation is designed to facilitate collaborations between the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Atlanta and other institutions. We welcome your interest in our facility, personnel, and research capabilities.

Working with the larger research community, AREF is one of the leading foundations in the country devoted to improving research, education, and ultimately healthcare for our nation's Veteran population.

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A Foundation Established to Advance VA Research and Education

Established on July 14, 1989, the Atlanta Research and Education Foundation, Inc., is a nonprofit corporation that was created to advance the research and educational activities of the staff at the Atlanta Department of Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center.

Over the past 35 years, the Atlanta Research and Education Foundation (AREF) has partnered with the Atlanta VA Medical Center to develop a diverse research portfolio dedicated to investigating a variety of ailments afflicting the nation's veterans. AREF plays a crucial role in supporting VA physicians and researchers as they endeavor to understand how, why, and when diseases afflict the human system. AREF facilitates collaborative efforts between the Atlanta VA Medical Center, academic institutions, government research organizations, and private companies by administering a variety of programs ranging from applied research in low vision to molecular mechanisms of gene therapy in bone reformation.

The Foundation's motto, to advance VA research and education, is central to our mission. Through our ongoing efforts toward meeting these objectives, the VA and the Atlanta Research and Education Foundation are teamed to provide the highest caliber research infrastructure for our researchers. AREF also strives to partner with the private sector to provide faculty, staff, and providers with opportunities to advance their knowledge in their respective fields of healthcare. Through this expanded authority, AREF can manage resources to continue education and training so that we may have the most advanced healthcare workforce. Our ultimate goal is to aid in the advancement of research and education at the Atlanta VA Medical Center.

Board of Directors

The Foundation is overseen by a Board of Directors, which sets policy governing the day to day activities.

Mike Hart, MD
ACOS/R&D, Atlanta VA Medical Center


B. Stanton Breon, CFA, CPA
Principal, SDG Advisors, LLC

Ajay Dhawan, MD
Interim Director, Atlanta VA Health Care System

Anne Tomolo, MD
ACOS/Education, Atlanta VA Health Care System

Michael Heekin
President, Kreuzberg Partners, LLC

Virginia Krawiec, MPA
Director/Health Professional Training in Cancer Control, American Cancer Society

Ellen Mangione, MD
Interim Chief of Staff, Atlanta VA Health Care System

Machelle Pardue, PhD
Research Career Scientist, Atlanta VA Health Care System

Chloe Tonney
Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer, CDC Foundation

Stuart Zola, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Emory University

Previous IRS 990 Forms

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2017 IRS Form 990

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