NAVAPD is the official national organization of VA physicians and dentists who proudly serve our nation's veterans. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of patient care in the VA health care system, ensuring the doctor-patient relationship is maintained and strengthened. NAVAPD leadership and members believe:
- the doctor-patient relationship is a sacred, enduring trust;
- the delivery of quality health care within the VA system depends on preserving and strengthening that sacred relationship; and
- it is critical to reform the VA health care system to further improve quality and access in the 21st century.
2014 ushers in NAVAPD's 38th year as the professional organization of record representing the interests of VA’s 20,000 physicians and dentists with VA’s leadership and before the Congress on major health policy and program issues.
Below are areas in which NAVAPD works on behalf of its members:
- Performance pay
- Continuing Medical Education
- Federal budget issues
- Caregiver support
- Staffing challenges
Founded in January 1975, NAVAPD was formed by a small group of physicians at the Washington, DC, VA hospital. Initially the organization was known as NAVAP, The National Association of Veterans Affairs Physicians. Initially, the organization was an informal group with no bylaws or official structure. As the officers met with congressional leaders and representatives of Veterans Service Organizations, it became apparent that VA physicians needed a formal structure through which to identify and deal with issues on the national and local levels. Accordingly, a reorganized National Association of VA Physicians was established. In 1989, NAVAP welcomed VA dentists into the organization and NAVAP became NAVAPD. Full- and part-time dentists add their voices to those of physician colleagues in making concerns known to decision makers in the Congress and the Administration.