Veterans Affairs Hospital

New York Harbor Healthcare System

Chief of Medical Service: Robert F. Raicht, M.D.
Chief of General Internal Medicine: Joseph Leung , M.D.


The Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System (VA NYHHS) consists of three campuses:

  • Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
  • St. Albans, Queens
  • East Side of Manhattan

The VA NYHHS is part of the Southern New York/New Jersey Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN 3), one of 23 such networks serving the healthcare needs of veteran populations across the country.

Formerly known as the Manhattan VA Hospital, the New York Campus of the VA NYHHS is located just south of Bellevue Hospital, at First Avenue and 23rd Street, and has been affliated with New York University School of Medicine since 1961.

Nearly all of the 49 Medical Service physicians at the VA Medical Center New York hold faculty appointments at NYU School of Medicine.

The Medicine Service

The New York Campus of the VA NYHHS is a tertiary-care medicine, surgery, and psychiatry facility with 171 beds, of which 64 are designated as Medicine beds. The hospital averages approximately 2,300 Medicine discharges each year. The Medicine Service's Primary Care Program consists of four interdisciplinary practice teams (two based in General Medicine, one in Geriatrics, and one in Mental Health) and has an enrollment of approximately 17,000 active patients. Each year, the Medicine Service handles some 45,000 outpatient visits to its Primary Care Program and more than 20,000 visits to its subspecialty clinics (Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Hematology, Oncology, Pulmonary, Nephrology, Rheumatology, and Infectious Diseases).

The New York Campus of the VA NYHHS has been designated the referral center for all invasive cardiovascular procedures in VISN 3. The hospital's HIV/AIDS and Dialysis Programs have been designated as Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Centers of Excellence.

Many of the Medicine Service physicians at the VA Medical Center New York are actively involved in investigational activities. There are currently 67 Institutional Review Board-approved research projects under way at the hospital. VA Medicine Service physicians are Principal Investigators on VA- and non-VA-funded grants totaling $17 million. They also play an important role in the mentoring of medical students and residents interested in research.

Medicine Service attendings at the VA Medical Center New York play a major role in both the undergraduate and graduate medical education programs of the NYU School of Medicine. On the undergraduate level VA physicians are important contributors to such courses as Physiology, the Physician and the Patient, Pathophysiology, Physical Diagnosis, Pathology, Epidemiology-Biostatistics, and Preventive Medicine; they also participate actively in the Master Scholars Program.

Many third-year students do their clinical, critical care, and ambulatory care clerkships at the VA, while fourth-year students serve as acting interns in VA inpatient wards.

On the graduate level, the VA Medical Center New York is a major site for resident training in inpatient, ICU, continuity medicine, and ambulatory block rotations. All subspecialty Medicine divisions rotate their fellows through the VA for both inpatient and outpatient experiences.

VA physicians serve the NYU Department of Medicine as Division Directors (two), Director of Fellowship Training in General Medicine, Associate Directors (two) of the Internal Medicine Training Program, and Subspecialty Training Program Directors (two).