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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island

 

Providence VA Medical Center Welcomes New Gynecologist

Dr. Vinita Goyal

Dr. Vinita Goyal, New Gynecologist at the Providence VA Medical Center

By Contributing Writer: Shilpa Seshadri, Providence VAMC Intern
Friday, September 7, 2012

Women Veterans in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts no longer have to travel to the VA Boston Health Care System for most of their gynecological care.  That’s because the Providence VA Medical Center recently hired a part-time gynecologist, Dr. Vinita Goyal. 

Dr. Goyal joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University as an Assistant Professor in 2009.  She is one of the faculty members at Women and Infants Hospital where she teaches physicians and rotating medical students who provide obstetrical and gynecologic care.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies from the University of Washington in Seattle and a medical degree from the University of Washington Medical School.  She completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and also completed a Clinical Research Fellowship in Women's Reproductive Health earning a master’s degree in epidemiology through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Goyal will see patients at the Providence VAMC on Friday mornings and spends the majority of her time conducting reproductive health research among women Veterans.  Dr. Goyal has already conducted several research projects and has published articles and given invited presentations.  Her primary research interest is the current state of women’s health services provided through the VA medical system.  She is specifically interested in reproductive health outcomes including unintended pregnancy, contraceptive use, sexually-transmitted infections, and pre-cancerous cervical disease among women Veterans.

“The addition of Dr. Goyal to the Women Veteran’s Program at the Providence VA Medical Center compliments our Women’s Health Program by providing much needed gynecology services for our Veterans,” says Beth Grady, Women Veterans Program Manager.  “We are totally committed to providing the best services to our women Veterans.  The addition of gynecology is a key component to this commitment.”

The Providence VA Medical Center’s Women Veterans Program continues to make great strides in improving access to care and services for women Veterans and remains committed to meeting the unique needs of women Veterans.  The Program offers high quality health care to women Veterans, while offering the privacy, dignity and sensitivity to gender specific needs that they deserve.

“Currently, we have about 1400 women Veterans receiving care at the Providence VA Medical Center,” says Vincent Ng, Medical Center Director.  “These women Veterans represent the full spectrum of our Veteran population, from World War II to returning OEF/OIF/OND Veterans.  We have come a long way in caring for women Veterans and their needs, and we will continue to do so.”  
 
To date, ten of our primary care physicians are designated Women's Health Providers and have the latest training in Women’s Health.  These providers attend specific training and conferences each year to keep up with the new trends and practices.  In addition to comprehensive Primary Care, we also have a variety of other services available to include mental health and sexual abuse counseling.  We also have special programs such as vocational rehabilitation, educational opportunities, links to job and career counseling, services for homeless Veterans, and the MOVE (Managing Overweight Veterans Everywhere) program.

Coming soon is a newly- designated women’s health clinic.  With an emphasis on patient safety, privacy, and dignity, the new clinic will allow for the same excellent, high quality, comprehensive primary care in a place that women Veterans can call their own.  The Providence VA Medical Center is committed to providing the ‘best care anywhere’ as we continue to meet the current and future needs of our women Veterans.

For more information about the Women Veterans Program, please contact Beth Grady at 401-273-7100, ext. 6101, or visit
www.providence.va.gov/Women_Veterans_Program.asp.

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