National Mentoring Network (MNET) Mentor Profiles
Thomas Edes, M.D, MS
Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care Services, Department of Veterans Affairs
Research Interests: Access, Chronic Conditions, Cost Benefit, Geriatrics, Healthcare Informatics, Primary Care, Quality Measurement, Clinical Nutrition
Dr. Thomas E. Edes is Executive Director of Geriatrics and Extended Care, for Clinical Operations for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). He has national responsibility for operations and management of VA’s spectrum of Geriatrics & Extended Care services, providing care to our nation’s Veterans with complex, chronic disabling diseases. Under his leadership since 2000, the number of Veterans receiving Home Based Primary Care has quadrupled, palliative care has become an established program in every VA medical center, and Medical Foster Home has grown from a pilot to a national program in 42 states and growing. He has been actively involved in the development of Independence at Home, a component of the Affordable Care Act that established a Medicare Demonstration of Home Based Primary Care in 2012, providing comprehensive, interdisciplinary, longitudinal care in the homes of persons with serious chronic disabling disease. He was formerly 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. His research interests have included clinical nutrition, cancer detection and prevention, enhancing outcomes in home care, end of life care, and improving care for persons with chronic disabling disease.