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VA San Diego Healthcare System


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Veterans

LGBT Healthcare LeaderVA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) is committed to providing inclusive, comprehensive, patient-centered care to all Veterans including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Veterans.  

We recognize that diverse populations have distinctive needs.  We have a process of continuous improvement through staff training and  education to provide clinically and culturally competent care to LGBT Veterans.  The VASDHS is committed to providing the most respectful, inclusive healthcare environment possible.  We have a number of policies, locally and nationally, to ensure non-discrimination, equal access to visitation, confidentiality and equal access to care.  The number of specific clinical programs for LGBT Veterans is expanding to better meet your needs. Please see the current group offerings.

VASDHS Certified Providers

The following providers/employees have been certified by the VASDHS LGBT Work Group as VASDHS LGBT Experts as they have completed the identified training requirements in LGBT culturally competent health care and successfully passed a written competency exam.  There are many other providers and employees in different stages of becoming an LGBT Expert and therefore the list will be updated as they become certified.  Please contact the VA San Diego Work Group at or call (858) 552-8585 ext. 5531 for additional providers.

Relevant Policies

Non-discrimination: Our non-discrimination policy has specific language that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity (actual or perceived). To request the VA San Diego Healthcare System's Non-Discrimination Policies, please let your health care provider know or contact the LGBT Services Office at the number listed.  Please see the links below for the National VA policy.

Visitation: VA San Diego Healthcare System allows for same-sex  spouse/partner, family member, friend, or other individual to be present with the patient for emotional support during the course of their stay.  Same-sex partners  are recognized as the patient's family, even if the partners are not legally married.  Please see the link below for the National VA policy.

Advanced Directives: Patients may designate any person as a decision-maker for care should you become unable to make these decision yourself. This includes designating a same-sex partner as a surrogate decision maker. advanced Directive agents are chosen by the Veteran and do not need to be biologically related.

Documentation in Medical Records:  VA San Diego Healthcare System maintains the confidentiality of information about sexual orientation about sexual behavior, as it does will all other private health information.

Changing Your Name and/or Sex in Your Medical Record: Your name in  the medical record will reflect your legal name.  The sex in your medical record should reflect your self-identified gender.  You have the right to request that name and sex are updated as appropriate. There are established procedures for changing your name and sex with the VA Privacy Officer.  If you would like a copy of the fact sheet on how to change your name and/or sex in CPRS, please contact the LGBT Services Office to obtain a copy.

If you have any questions or concerns that are not about a specific Service Line, please contact Dr. Jeri Muse, Chairperson of the VA San Diego Healthcare System LGBT Work Group at (858) 552. 8585 ext. 5531 or e-mail

Contact Info


  • San Diego VAMC

Contact Number(s)

  • 858-552-8585 Ext. 5531

Hours of Operation

  • 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.