United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Specialty Care Services

About Us


  • Specialty Care Services (SCS) serves as subject matter expert to the Under Secretary for Health and the VHA-field components.
  • SCS serves as an advocate for the field and represents their needs related to resources, clinical guidance, and any other issue that might arise.
  • SCS develops policies and procedures intent on improving processes and the care provided to veteran patients.
  • SCS has a number of performance measurement and management tools that assist in providing oversight to field based clinical programs.


Allergy and Immunology Service - Offers state of the art care for Veterans with allergic and immunologic disorders.
Anesthesia Service - Provides guidance and consultation on all matters regarding the practice of anesthesia. In addition, Anesthesia collaborates with Surgical Services and Pain Management Program.  For more information please visit the Anesthesia site. 
Cardiology Service - Provide information about acute coronary syndromes and to improve the cardiovascular health of our veteran population. Offering and fostering high quality cardiology care and patient’s services at all VHA facilities.
Chaplain Services - VA chaplains are empowered to meet the spiritual healthcare needs of veterans. For more information please visit the Chaplain site. 
Critical Care - Provides guidance, consultation and oversight to the hospital based and outpatient programs and Intensive Care Units collaborating with cardiology, pharmacy, surgery, infectious disease, prosthetics, and the primary care teams.
Dermatology - is the branch of medicine dealing with many medical and surgical conditions of the skin, hair and nails.
Diabetes and Endocrinology Service - Diabetes management programs are preventive in nature with the goal of keeping blood glucose levels as close to a normal range through diet and exercise.

Epilepsy Centers of Excellence (ECoEs) - The VA founded the Epilepsy Centers of Excellence (ECoE), establishing 16 sites that are linked to form 4 regional centers. The ECoE seek to provide the best possible epilepsy care to Veterans throughout the United States with state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic services.  Epilepsy Centers of Excellence (ECoEs) - http://www.epilepsy.va.gov/

Emergency Medicine
- Specialists care for patients with acute illnesses and injuries that require immediate medical attention. Emergency Medicine specialists are available 24/7/365.


Eye Care (Optometry and Ophthalmology) - Collaborate to provide integrated eye care services to veterans and to help maximize their visual quality of life. For more information please visit the Optometry Site
VHA Optometry Service Internet Website - http://www.va.gov/OPTOMETRY/index.asp
Ophthalmology Services - http://www.patientcare.va.gov/Ophthalmology/Ophthalmology_Services.asp


VA / DoD Vision Center of Excellence (VCE) –The VCE provides national oversight and guidance to VA and DoD programs to ensure injured service members receive a synchronized and consistent process of care relative to the prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment and rehabilitation of military eye injuries.
Gastroenterology Service - Provides guidance and consultation on all matters related to diseases affecting the gastrointestinal tract and the liver.
Genomic Medicine Service (GMS) - The GMS coordinates genetic counseling functions, sets strategic guidance regarding the phased integration of genomic testing into clinical care and organizes the broad genetic education initiatives rolled out nationally.


The National Infectious Diseases Service (NIDS) - Provides information and assistance in dealing with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infection prevention of communicable diseases and infections . For more information please visit the National Infectious Disease Services site.


Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - Is a disease that affects the central nervous system, brain and spinal cord. It can cause problems with muscle control, strength, vision, balance, feeling, and thinking.  For more information please visit the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence site.


Nephrology Services - Includes the study, diagnosis and treatment of Veterans with kidney diseases. For more information please visit the VHA National Kidney Program site.


Neurology Services The mission of Neurology Service is to provide excellence in clinical care research, patient and family education on neurological disorders.


Nutrition and Food Services (NFS) - Nutrition and Food Services provides nutrition information. Nutrition and Food Services collaborate with other programs such as the Diabetic Educators and MOVE! to educate veterans on the value of proper nourishment. For more information please visit the Nutrition and Food Services site.


Oncology and Hematology Service - Provides policy, guidance and oversight to the implementation of the National Cancer Strategy which addresses prevention and education, screening, early detection and diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and research.


PADRECCs - Parkinson’s Disease (PD) Research Educational and Clinical Center (PADRACCs) provide care to and educate veterans with PD. For more information please visit the Parkinson's Disease Research, Educational, and Clinical Centers site.


Pain Management - Facilitates effective pain management for veterans. VA has many links that provides information on the sources and treatment of pain For more information please visit the Pain Management site.


Podiatry Services - Podiatry Services treats the foot and ankle and collaborates with Diabetes Services on many initiatives.


Rheumatology - Is a sub-specialty of internal medicine and deals mainly with clinical problems involving joints, soft tissues, autoimmune diseases, vasculatures and connective tissue disorders.


Specialty Care Transformation - The Office of Healthcare Transformation (OHT) established the Office of Specialty Care Transformation (OSCT) to transform specialty care services to be more Veteran-centric.