Veterans Health Initiative (VHI)

Membership Eligibility: All Members of the Jefferson Community

Membership Dues or Fees: None

The Veteran’s Health Initiative (VHI) is unlike any other student organization at Thomas Jefferson University. More than 10% of the adult population in the US has served in the military. This includes 16% of adult men and 5% of adult women. It is our belief that this is an at-risk population suffering from healthcare inequity and neglect. 

VHI focuses on addressing the gap in medical education pertaining to the Veteran population and their unique healthcare needs. We aim to do this by advocating for awareness of the Veteran population in Philadelphia, advancing medical student knowledge regarding their health needs, and arming students with tools to use in the clinical setting. 

Typical events hosted by VHI include lectures from guest speakers and Jefferson faculty who have served in the military or are experts in topics related to Veterans health, panel discussions with Veterans in the community, community engagement events, clinical learning experiences, and others. We believe that our message to all students at Thomas Jefferson University regardless of past military experience or exposure. As such, all students are eligible to become members. 


Organization Email:

President: Fred Kobylarz, Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Vice President: Zack Buccino, Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Treasurer: Samuel Garrett, Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Marketing Chair: Lauren Szeto, Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Legislative Chair: Douglas Gouchoe, Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Events Coordinator: Jennifer Perugini, Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Legislative Affairs Chair: Shane Morris, Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Student Organization Advisor:
James Plumb
, MD, Professor and Director of the Jefferson Center for Urban Health; Department of Family & Community Medicine
833 Chestnut Street Suite 301¦215-955-6340